Wherever you are in your cancer treatment, from just receiving a diagnosis to celebrating your last day of chemotherapy, we are here with you every step of the way.
Our cancer specialists provide the tests and treatments you need to battle cancer, such as radiation, chemotherapy, and imaging. But we also know that along your way, you may find yourself needing more than treatment for cancer – you may need counseling, spiritual guidance, financial assistance, or someone to tell you the best things to eat. That’s why we wrap your nonmedical needs into your treatment plan.
That starts with collaborating with your primary care provider. Your body is more than cancer, and your health means more than beating this disease. By seeing a primary care provider to keep up with physicals, other chronic conditions, and overall health and wellness post-cancer, you can make sure your treatment plan includes addressing all your medical needs.
Conditions We Treat
The cancer specialists at Stormont Vail treat all types of cancers and blood disorders, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Bleeding disorders, like hemophilia
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Sickle cell disease
- Pediatric cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, and other forms)
Our Cancer Care and Support
At the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, cancer patients can receive:
- Pediatric and Adult Oncology, Hematology, & Radiation Oncology
- Change to PET-CT
- Infusion Therapy & Radiation Therapy
- Clinical Research
- Genetic Risk Assessment & Testing
- Supportive Care & Comprehensive Services
- Oncology Nurse Navigators
- Behavioral Health Services
- Change to Oncology Certified Dietitian
- Spiritual Care Services
- Survivorship Program
- Oncology Social Workers
- Change to Oncology Certified Pharmacists
- On-site Lab & Radiology Services
We also offer social work and counseling support services. Our social workers can assist with:
- Emotional support and counseling
- Financial and employment concerns
- Co-pay and prescription assistance for cancer medications
- Transportation concerns
- Finding and connecting with resources
- Making your advanced health care directive (living will)
Call (785) 354-5300 to schedule an appointment.
New Patient Orientation
New Patient Orientation is an education class for all new cancer patients starting chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In this class, patients and their families learn about available resources, and meet some of the key staff available to them during and after treatment.
They will hear about social work services, dietitian services, Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care, he role of the primary nurse, and the role of the patient navigator.
Please call (785) 270-4905 for more information.
*The Kitchen Therapy program is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Please call (785) 270-4978 for more information.
Cancer treatment can cause you to lose your appetite, which can lead to complications like severe weight loss, not getting enough nutrients, and losing muscle mass or strength.
In Kitchen Therapy, you will receive free cooking demonstrations, as well as advice on how to make food more appealing and increase your appetite.
Cancer Support Group
The Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center’s Cancer Support Group provides support to cancer patients, caregivers and families during and after treatment. The weekly group is a source of continual support during a cancer experience and is open to adults age 18 and older.
At the group, you will learn how cancer affects all aspects of your life, including physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. You will also learn from others who have faced cancer, and be able to make connections with those who have it.
Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon in the library of the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center.
Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center
1414 S.W. Eighth Ave.
Topeka, KS 66606
For more information, call (785) 354-5300.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that involves physical exercise and stretches. It can reduce stress, as well as help you improve strength and balance, both during and after cancer treatment.
For more information, call (785) 354-5300.
Dates/Times: Coming soon
To learn more about our support programs, call (785) 354-5300.
Care for the Cancer Patient’s Caregiver
If you are a caregiver for someone with cancer, it’s not always easy to know what to do, or how to cope with your emotions. It can also be stressful, since being a caregiver can mean having less time for other aspects of your life, such as work or your family.
This stress can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being, so it is important to continue to take good care of yourself.
The social workers and nurses at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center are there for you, too. You can also attend one of our support groups.
Call (785) 354-5300 for more information on getting the support you need.
If you would prefer an online support group, or can’t get to the Cancer Center, we recommend checking out online support groups.
Another online resource, A Communication Guide for Caregivers, may be helpful.
Technology at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center
TrueBeam Image-Guided Radiation
Truebeam is an advanced and very precise image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system designed to treat cancer with speed and high accuracy while minimizing radiation doses to health tissues and organs. Truebeam provides patients safe and reliable treatment with high-precision dosage control, allowing technicians to pinpoint and administer radiation exactly where it is needed.
The PET/CT Scan
At the Cancer Center, we use start-of-the-art scanner technologies to perform PET and CT scans at the same time (PET/CT). Together, the PET/CT scans show highly detailed images of patients’ bodies, and give our physicians the clearest picture of the disease. PET/CT is one of the most powerful tools in diagnosing cancer, as well as learning which stage it’s in.
Positron emission tomography (PET) scans create images of a patient’s tissues and organs, detecting actively growing cancer cells. Computed tomography (CT) scans use X-rays to create 3D pictures of the inside of a patient’s body to show the shape and size of cancerous growths.
Our program treats patients up to age 21 and includes both pediatric oncology and pediatric hematology.
Pediatric oncologists treat common childhood cancers, including:
- Acute leukemia
- Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Embryonal solid tumors (neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma)
- Soft tissue and bone cancers
- Brain cancer
Pediatric hematologists treat childhood blood disorders, including:
- Genetic hematological disorders
- Sickle cell disease
- Red cell membrane defects (Hereditary spherocytosis)
- Red cell enzyme defects (G6PD deficiency)
- Bleeding disorders (hemophilia, Von Willebrand disease)
- Clotting disorders
- Nutritional acquired anemias
- Neonatal hematology
- Platelet disorders
- White blood cell disorders
- Bone marrow failures
In addition to treatment, we offer counseling and support. Patients and families can speak with social workers to make the treatment process smoother.
Parents can also take part in our “Parents Partnering for Support” group, which gives them an opportunity to meet other parents who are having similar experiences.
Call (785) 270-4905 for information about meeting time and location.
Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care
The palliative medicine and supportive care team, in collaboration with the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center includes doctors, nurses, social workers, and spiritual care, who are dedicated to improving quality of life for patients and their families.
The team is available to see patients weekly, as needed, and strives to provide an extra layer of support for patients and families during their journey.
The palliative medicine and supportive care specialists offer various services, including:
- Pain and symptom control
- Emotional support
- Attention to spiritual issues
- Improved communication among patients, families, and the provider team
Call (785) 354-6992 for more information on palliative medicine and supportive care services.
Your First Appointment
Starting cancer treatment can be overwhelming, but it helps to know a little bit about what to expect beforehand.
Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center sees patients by referral. For a referral, please contact your primary care physician. If you have questions about the referral process, please call (785) 270-4597.
For your first appointment, please arrive 30 minutes before the appointment to get registered and complete any paperwork.
When you get to the Cancer Center, please park in the parking lot at the front (south side of the building). There is also a convenient drop-off area at the front door. Once inside, please come to the registration desk, and we’ll get you checked in.
What to Bring to Your First Appointment: A Checklist
Don’t forget to bring the following items to your first appointment at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center:
- Personal identification (current driver’s license, state ID, or an envelope showing your present/permanent address)
- Medical insurance cards and prescription drug card
- List of current medications
- Insurance referral from your primary care physicians. This may also be faxed from your physician’s office to (785) 270-4952. For pediatric patients, fax to (785) 270-4597.
If you need to reschedule your appointment or have any questions, please call (785) 354-5300.
Skin Cancer Screening
Every spring, we partner with local dermatologists to host an annual skin cancer screening event. Keep checking back for this year’s date and time, and call (785) 354-5300 for more information.
Talking and Walking
You can find us at walks and runs throughout the year. We set up informational tables and talk to people at Light the Night (run by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and Relay For Life (run by the American Cancer Society) events every year.
Cut Fat. Cut Cancer.
Two-thirds of adults in Kansas are overweight or obese, which means they are at a higher risk of developing cancer.
Our “Cut Fat. Cut Cancer.” campaign educates the community about the links between nutrition and cancer, as well as provides information about exercise and healthy eating.
Check out our free online cookbook to find “Cut Fat. Cut Cancer”-approved recipes that are both nutritious and tasty.
Meet Our Oncologists and Providers
Our cancer care team is made up of oncologists (cancer doctors) and nurses who are ready to provide you with exceptional care.