Long-time experts can sometimes be resistant to change; this isn’t the case for Dr. James Wheeler. For 30 years, Dr. Wheeler has been a practicing radiation oncologist, with 13 of those years spent at Goshen Center for Cancer Care. In that time, Dr. Wheeler has not only seen the field of radiation oncology modernize, he’s helped advance Goshen Center for Cancer Care into one of the top cancer centers for radiation oncology in the country.
State-of-art technology, small-town care
Dr. Wheeler’s expertise spans a variety of cancers and treatments. He treats adult patients who have all kinds of cancer with different, progressive forms of treatment, including image-guided radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy and respiratory gated treatment and other, more conventional, forms of radiation treatment.
“We now treat cancer with much higher precision, with much higher doses and with greater cure rates than we ever thought possible,” says Dr. Wheeler.
Cutting edge technology like the treatments available at Goshen Center for Cancer Care help save lives –– but aren’t often available in cancer centers outside of urban centers. Having advanced therapies available means that people suffering in our area don’t have to travel as far to experience innovative care.
“A lot of people think you have to be in a bigger city to get the modern treatments, and actually we have a tremendous amount of sophistication here. We’ve really been some of the pioneers of implementing new technologies in this area,” said Dr. Wheeler.
Innovation is part of our culture
Throughout his career, Dr. Wheeler has always strived for innovation and change to improve patient outcomes. Luckily, he’s not alone in this effort at Goshen Center for Cancer Care.
“A lot of places, there's a mentality of, ‘We want to do things the way we've always done them because making changes always causes problems,’” says Dr. Wheeler. “Here, innovation is part of our culture. People look forward to taking the next, new step to make things better.”
Innovation doesn’t always just mean technology. At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, we believe in integrative care. This means treating the disease from a holistic approach. Care plans include modern advances such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy –– as well as naturopathic care, mind-body counseling, dietary interventions, and more.
“I was attracted to Goshen Center for Cancer Care because in other places I worked, we didn't have the integration with all of the different other services. Here we make a conscious effort every day to work together. We support people with supplements, diet, stress relaxation techniques and integrating rehab very early into the process.”
In his years treating patients at Goshen Center for Cancer Care, Dr. Wheeler has seen the field advance leaps and bounds from where it was when he first graduated from medical school. Through it all, Dr. Wheeler’s focus has remained strong: finding the best possible ways to offer best possible outcomes to his patients. With that goal in mind, Dr. Wheeler has helped achieve even greater cure rates than ever thought possible. “It’s been an exciting journey,” he says.
For more information about Goshen Center for Cancer Care, visit the Cancer Care section of our website.