Cancer

At Indiana University Health, our renowned cancer specialists provide comprehensive cancer treatment, called oncology, as part of Indiana’s largest cancer care network. Our multidisciplinary approach means that you receive care from many experienced health professionals, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists, chaplains, social workers and pharmacists.

IU Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center—Indiana's only cancer center with National Cancer Institute designation. These partnerships give you access to leading edge treatments and innovative cancer research at multiple IU Health cancer center locations across Indiana.

Cancer services at Indiana University Health West Hospital, along with the Breast Care & Research Center at IU Health West Hospital, provide diagnosis and treatment in a comfortable and patient-centered environment. We design an individualized plan of care for your health and well-being. We are fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, a national gold standard in cancer care.

We offer a number of preventive screening opportunities to detect a variety of cancers while they are in the early stages. Opportunities include lung screening, skin screening and head and neck screening.

Many of these screenings are conducted at community events, as well as at IU Health West Hospital. Be sure to check the IU Health West Hospital events calendar regularly to learn more about community outreach and screening opportunities available. For more information about cancer services at IU Health West Hospital, review our Frequently Asked Questions.

When the time comes for patients facing the end of life, we focus on maintaining their quality of life. At IU Health Hospice, we care for any person with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. When medical care cannot offer a cure, the IU Health Hospice team makes patients comfortable and relieves their symptoms and pain through complementary and alternative therapies. Patients are referred through a variety of resources, including physician recommendation.

Pain Management

Not everyone with cancer experiences pain. But for those who do, managing that pain is one of our main priorities during the course of your care. Cancer services at IU Health West Hospital physicians and staff want to improve your quality of life. Cancer pain is usually treated with medicine. However, there are also alternative methods that may help you cope with pain, such as relaxation techniques, guided imagery and meditation. Any one of these methods—or a combination—could be helpful for you. Communication with your physicians and cancer care team is essential when it comes to managing your pain. Please let us know how you are feeling and if the treatment you are receiving is helping.

Lymphedema Treatment Program

IU Health West Hospital offers a Lymphedema Treatment Program. Lymphedema is a progressive disease process involving an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid and water in the tissues, resulting in an increase in limb volume and discomfort. The most common cause of lymphedema in the United States is breast cancer surgery. In addition to surgery, other causes include radiation exposure, infections, trauma or other cancers. We offer a comprehensive program to help treat individuals affected by lymphedema. Treatments may consist of daily visits, which could include specialized manual therapy techniques, bandaging, exercise, skin care treatment, education and compression garment fitting.

Lung Cancer Program

Lung cancer persists as a common and potentially life-threatening malignancy. For the patient, the diagnosis can be devastating. That is why cancer services at IU Health West Hospital have formed a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to the rapid diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

To help coordinate your care, we offer the assistance of a Cancer Care Guide. This individual is available to meet with you at the time of diagnosis, and then work with you to help navigate the logistical and emotional challenges of your treatment. Your Cancer Care Guide also serves as a contact to your primary care physician and other specialists, ensuring that everyone who plays a role in your care is kept up-to-date and fully informed.