This year, Goshen Center for Cancer Care reaches a substantial milestone – 20 years of providing patient care to the immediate and regional communities of northern Indiana. Navigating two decades of evolution in cancer care has established the center as a robust, multidisciplinary program.
“Our story of bringing comprehensive, compassionate cancer care to the region began in 1996. A group of dedicated medical providers and community leaders envisioned a center for excellence in the prevention, detection, education and treatment of cancer,” said Randy Christophel, President and CEO of Goshen Health. “Recruitment of fellowship trained, board certified oncologists began soon after, and our first cancer patient received treatment in 1999.”
Christophel continues, “Today, people travel from all over the state and surrounding region for the unique care we offer.”
With each patient’s journey, the cancer center has been changing the perception that patients must travel to a big city to receive the best treatment. On average, one in four new patients of the cancer care center travels more than 25 miles to come to Goshen. This progression can be partly attributed to the center’s priority to provide, and at times introduce, groundbreaking treatment options to the region.
“The cancer care center has been a pioneer for treatments offered in Indiana,” said Dr. James Wheeler, a radiation oncologist who has practiced at the center for 13 years. “We were one of the first in the state that provided intensity-modulated radiation therapy. This treatment has been called the most significant breakthrough in cancer treatment in the past 30 years.”
In addition to innovation, Goshen Center for Cancer Care is known for the compassion they share with patients.
“Our cancer center is founded on the idea that the patient is at the center and their care revolves around them,” said Dr. Leonard Henry, Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director. “Our physicians spend a tremendous amount of quality time with patients and their families. As a program, we’ve made a conscious decision to serve our patients in this way.”
In 2018, Goshen Center for Cancer Care expanded to include the Alice A. and Rex Martin Infusion Center. This modern space was designed to deliver a higher volume of personalized cancer therapies, while enhancing privacy for patients and their families.