By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Other | Issue: September 2006
The staff at Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center stands beside the Siemens Primus Accelerator, radiation therapy equipment that provides patients with the latest technology in cancer treatment. From left are Dr. Thomas Scheer, MD, Cheryl Harlin Jones, chief therapist, Rita Jamison, CMD, and Debbie Mills, clinic administrator.
Care… compassion… convenience… three words to describe the new Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center in Claremore.
Dr. Thomas Scheer, M.D. saw a need in the Rogers County area for cancer patients to receive radiation therapy with the same high-tech equipment that one would find in Tulsa—but without the drive. That’s the reason the doors to a new cancer treatment center opened in late June at 1501 N. Florence.
“People have to drive right by here to get to Tulsa,” says Dr. Scheer. “We provide a service that allows the patient to receive radiation therapy without the hassle of driving to Tulsa.” Unlike other forms of cancer therapy, radiation treatments are given daily for up to six weeks.
Patients can drive right up to the entrance of the new building, located behind the Claremore Regional Hospital, walk in the front door of a bright, clean center and receive their treatment.
“We can have them here, treated and back home before they can ever get to Tulsa and find a parking spot,” says Debbie Mills, clinic administrator. “The actual treatment only takes a few minutes.”
But that doesn’t mean you won’t receive the care and compassion that cancer patients need while going through this difficult time. “When patients are going through treatment, it affects the whole family,” she adds.
That’s why the waiting area as well as the rest of the clinic is brightly lit with big windows. “We designed the center to be comforting and calming,” says Mills.
Designed specifically for the treatment of cancer patients, the new center boasts state-of-the-art equipment that Cheryl Harlin Jones, chief therapist, says is “the latest technology available. There is no finer machine and it is just as good as what Tulsa clinics have to offer.”
The new clinic also offers an experienced staff. Dr. Scheer and Jones, along with Rita Jamison, CMD, provide the quality care that one usually finds in a larger city.
All staff members work together to create a personalized plan of treatment for each patient.
“We don’t have a bunch of rookies here,” says Dr. Scheer. “Cheryl and Rita have 40 years of experience between them.”
The focus of the new center, says Mills, is “to meet the needs of the community.”
With this goal in mind, the Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center will always have a full-time physician on site where patients can receive care 24/7. Patients also don’t have to be referred by their physician.
“It’s okay,” says Dr. Scheer, “to do a self-referral in radiation therapy.”
When a patient arrives with his medical records, the team at the Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center will sit down in the planning area to discuss the patient’s options before any treatment begins.
“Our center is totally designed just for this purpose,” says Mills. “We are here for the patient and we want to meet their needs.”
To schedule a consultation at the Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center, call 283-9900 and save a trip to Tulsa.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.