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Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center

Where Healing Begins with Listening and Kindness

When you first hear the words, "you have cancer" you might suddenly feel like you can't breathe. But take a deep breath and relax because the dedicated team at the Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center will take care of the rest.

Essential Care
Mercy Hospitals and the Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center provide quality care related to cancer detection, education, treatment and follow-up care as well as access to the essential supportive services related to the treatment of cancer.

Oncology Services
Oncology services are coordinated through the Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center. The center is affiliated with physicians trained at leading cancer center who provide the highest quality care to the member of our community.

Oncology services include:

• Medical Oncology
• Radiation Oncology
• Thoracic Surgical Oncology
• Breast Surgical oncology
• Gynecological Surgical Oncology
• Interventional Radiology
• Women’s Imaging Services

Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer is never easy. That's why we have developed our program with an emphasis on compassion and high quality treatment options. You will find our team of caregivers rich in experience and focused on our mission: to provide the community with the standard of care that it deserves.

Supportive services are in place to enhance medical treatments. We provide access to nutritional counseling, wound care, genetics testing, palliative care and hospice care.

Mercy is home to a wide array of services that aid physicians in their diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The Radiology Department at Mercy offers state-of-the-art MRI and expanded imaging capabilities. An outpatient infusion center and accredited laboratory are available. And a variety of resource information and services are also available to guide patients on the path to recovery.

The Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center is the area's only hospital-based cancer center. In collaboration with Mercy Hospitals, should hospitalization be necessary in the course of cancer treatment, the transition from outpatient to inpatient is easily coordinated and our hospital staff is trained to provide this highly specialized care. This continuum of care makes Mercy a community standout.

Ongoing Support
Support groups are also an integral part of the care and support of our patients and community members. We have a variety of support groups facilitated by professionals available through Mercy Hospitals. We can identify additional resources available throughout our community that would benefit our patients, their families and friends.

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACoS-COC)
Our cancer program has been approved by the ACoS-COC. Receiving care at an approved program ensure that as a patient you will receive:

~ Comprehensive care, including access to a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
~ A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
~ Access to cancer related information, education and support 
~ A Cancer Registry that collects a variety of data on cancer in our community

Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield and the Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center host a variety of community screenings and educational opportunities in partnership with other members of our community.

If you would like more information about the Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center, please call 661.632.5700.


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