Medical professionals know more about cancer treatment today than ever before. Now, we've brought that knowledge home, to the Holzer Center for Cancer Care. At HCCC, we believe the successful modern cancer treatment is a combination of skilled medical professionals and the latest cancer-fighting technology.
Located at 170 Jackson Pike in Gallipolis, Ohio, the Holzer Center for Cancer Care is known for its quality personalized care. Our highly trained staff employs current methods and technologies to treat cancer. Since opening in March 2005, our Center has offered advanced, personalized care close to home for residents of Gallia County and the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Medical oncology services include an infusion area for chemotherapy with 12 bays and two private bays for treatment. Our Healing Garden provides a peaceful area for patients and their families, including a walking labyrinth, a reflecting pool, and benches for rest and meditation.
Skilled Medical Professionals
One of the preparations for treatment at HCCC is assembling your team. You can be assured that the board-certified medical professionals working with you are among the most highly trained anywhere. They will work with you to:
- Educate, inform, and explain your care
- Respect your wishes about treatment
- Respond to your needs
- Provide information to help you make informed decisions about your care
- Respect your privacy and maintain confidentiality
Your team will likely consist of a combination of the following professionals:
- Cancer Committee Chair: Alice Dachowski, MD, FACS
- Cancer Liaison Physician: Alice Dachowski, MD, FACS
- Diagnostic Radiologist - A diagnostic radiologist is a physician who uses x-rays, radionuclides, ultrasound and electromagnetic radiation to diagnose and treat disease.
Diagnostic Radiologist: Amy Bokal, MD
- Oncologist - Your primary physician in treatment of cancer is an Oncologist. Two types of board-certified Oncologists practice at HCCC: one who specializes in radiation treatments, a Radiation Oncologist; and one who specializes in chemotherapy, a Medical Oncologist.
Medical Oncologist: Khawaja Hamid, MD
- Pathologist - A pathologist is a physician who examines tissues, checks the accuracy of lab tests, and interprets the results in order to facilitate the patient's diagnosis and treatment. He or she works closely with the patient's other doctors and is a vital member of the patient's primary health care team.
- Surgeon, general or specialist in cancer care: Alice Dachowski, MD, FACS
- Cancer Program Administrator: Sarah Harrigan
- Cancer Registry Quality Coordinator: Wendy Deem, RHIT
- Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR): Brenda Mileto, RHIT, CTR
- Clinical Research Representative or Coordinator
- Oncology Nurse: Vicki Wilcox, RN, OCN
- System Director of Quality Management: Michelle Rankin, RN, MSN
- Quality Improvement Coordinator: Michelle Rankin, RN, MSN
- Pastoral Care Representative: Fred Williams, PhD
- Rehabilitation Representative: Nikki Roe, Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Radiation Physicist - Together with the radiation oncologist and dosimetrist, the physicist designs, plans and calculates your proper dosage for radiation treatment.
- Dosimetrist - The dosimetrist calculates the radiation dosage and treatment plans that generate the best results while protecting normal tissue.
- Radiation Therapist - Radiation therapists work with radiation oncologists administering the daily radiation treatment under the doctor's prescription and supervision. They maintain daily records and regularly check the treatment machines to insure everything is working as planned.
- Oncology Nurses - Oncology nurses specialize in providing care for patients undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy. They evaluate patients weekly or more frequently to assess needs, concerns and the overall progress of treatment.
- Chemotherapy Nurses - The chemotherapy nursing staff at HCCC have over 100 years of combined experience in the administration of chemotherapy. They provide daily 1-on-1 care during the entire course of your treatment.
- Oncology Nurse Navigators - When you, or a loved one, are facing a cancer diagnosis, oncology nurse navigators help you "navigate" through services and information in the Holzer system, find appropriate medical and social services, and educate you and your family about the entire cancer journey.
- Others - Your team also may include a dietitian, physical therapist, social worker, chaplain or other healthcare professionals.
At the Holzer Center for Cancer Care (HCCC), we believe an informed patient is a better patient. We will help you understand the different treatment processes so that together we can make the best decisions specifically for you.
Learn more about your treatment at HCCC.
An Oncology Nurse Navigator:
- Certified in Breast Navigation.
- Understands the cancer disease process.
- Serves as both a Patient Advocate and a Patient Resource.
- Understands the local Medical System.
What kind of help does an Oncology Nurse Navigator provide?
- Helps you "navigate" through services and information in the Holzer System.
- Helps you find appropriate medical and social services.
- Helps educate you and your family about the entire cancer journey.
During the first meeting, the Oncology Nurse Navigator will:
- Discuss emotional impact of the disease with you.
- Provide information on treatment decisions/processes.
- Provide information on support systems.
- Provide educational resources.
- Conduct a nursing assessment.
- Educate and support you and your family.
- Coordinate the multidisciplinary team's approach.
Prior to beginning treatment, the Oncology Nurse Navigator will:
- Provide basic education on your predicted treatment path.
- Coordinate ALL of your tests and appointments (if you wish).
- Visit or contact you after your surgery.
- Coordinate psychological and social support programs.
After the treatment is over, the Navigators will help you:
- Coordinate physician follow-up schedules (including "survivorship clinic").
- Coordinate support programming.
- Visit or contact you after your surgery.
- Provide education on the following: Signs/symptoms of recurrence. Nutrition, diet, and exercise. Depression/anxiety.
Click here to watch Tammy Ellison's video (Breast Health Navigator)
Our Healing Garden provides a peaceful area for patients and their families, including a walking labyrinth, a reflecting pool, and benches for rest and meditation.
What is a Labyrinth
A labyrinth is different from a maze in that it has one path on the inside and one path on the outside. As you walk a labyrinth, turning 180 degrees each time you enter a different circuit, your awareness shifts from right brain to left brain. This is one of the reasons the labyrinth can induce receptive states of consciousness. Walking these single path designs assists us with bringing together the analytical or rational part of our mind with the intuitive or spiritual part of our consciousness. Walking a labyrinth is an exercise for the mind, body, and spirit.
Many people choose to walk the path of a labyrinth as a tool for meditation, reflection, prayer, and comfort. Each person's walk is a unique personal experience. Some people find that it clears and centers their thoughts while others observe a spiritual experience. Some feel a sense of well-being and balance, while others experience something as simple as a pleasant walk.
Labyrinths have been around for over 4000 years and are found in just about every major religious tradition in the world. They have been an integral part of many cultures such as Native American, Greek, Celtic and Mayan.
HCCC also features an Appearance Center offering fittings for wigs and prosthesis provided by the American Cancer Society.
If you wish to contact the Appearance Center, please call 740-441-3909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you with your cosmetic and prosthetic needs.
Services at the Appearance Center
The Appearance Center staff sees an average of 20 people each month, working with them to provide wigs, liners, scarves, and hats. We are also able to replace bras, prosthesis, and tracheotomy bibs for those who need them.
On the third Monday of each month, the Appearance Center offers a “Look Good, Feel Better” program through the American Cancer Society. This program is headed by a Certified Beautician/Cosmetologist who volunteers her time to teach cancer patients (typically women) useful makeup techniques, nail care, and skin care. Options for hair loss are also considered, including styling guides for wigs, scarves, and turbans.
We work hard to provide each patient with the self-confidence to smile and take on a more positive attitude. Walk-ins are welcomed and encouraged.
How much does it cost to take care of a wig?
As long as a cancer patient needs the wig, our Beautician/Cosmetologist (who leads the Look Good, Feel Better program) will clean and style the wig every six weeks. Also, our volunteers work with each client to educate them on economical ways to maintain their wig.
What is available?
There is an assortment of wigs in blonde, brunette, black, gray, auburn, and snow white. We also carry a variety of hats and scarves.
All the services provided by the Appearance Center are free for cancer patients.
The Appearance Center is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Our area is made up of over 50 volunteers, who are able to assist in the Cancer Resource Center and Appearance Center.
Services are provided for cancer patients throughout Gallia County and the city of Jackson, as well as Meigs, Lawrence, and Athens Counties in Ohio and Mason County, West Virginia.
American Cancer Society
Holzer Center for Cancer Care Appearance Center
170 Jackson Pike
Gallipolis, OH 45631
The American Cancer Society and its volunteers play an important role in the services provided by Holzer Health System and the Holzer Center for Cancer Care.
They provide brochures and a videotape library, and there is a volunteer available for assistance. Together we also provide a Patient Navigator to assist cancer patients and their families through the entire process of the patient's cancer care.
The American Cancer Society and Holzer Health System also sponsor monthly Cancer Support Groups.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.
We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
The Commission on Cancer
With a diagnosis of cancer, you or a loved one will be faced with many difficult medical decisions and emotional situations. To help make things easier, you can be assured that you won’t need to travel great distances from home, because you can receive the care you need right here in Gallia County. No one can guarantee the outcome of any type of treatment, but by coming to the Holzer CoC-Accredited Cancer Program, you can be sure that you will receive the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and that full consultative services will be available from all medical disciplines involved in diagnosing and treating cancer. And you can be sure that your condition will be watched carefully through a lifelong program of follow-up care.
Receiving care at a CoC-Accredited Cancer program ensures that you will receive:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
- A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
- Access to cancer-related information, education, and support.
- A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
- And, most importantly, quality care close to home.
The local Cancer Support Group at Holzer was established in May 2004. Since that time, the Group has grown and its members have become a family, sharing with each other the many emotions that accompany the cancer experience. The group is opened to all cancer survivors, family and friends.
To learn more about the Cancer Support Group, please call 740.441.3572.