To provide more comprehensive cancer care to better serve the needs of the community, Buckeye Radiation Oncology recently opened at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Robert L. Field, M.D., and his staff bring additional cancer treatment options to those offered by the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Outpatient Oncology/Infusion Department. In combination with both surgery and medical oncology, St. Vincent Charity offers a centralized and well-equipped approach to treating patients with cancer.
“The addition of Buckeye Radiation Oncology to the St. Vincent Charity campus is a great asset to our patients and the community, as well as to our cancer program,” said David Perse, M.D., president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Field and his extensive experience, and are pleased St. Vincent Charity is the new home for Buckeye Radiation Oncology.”
Stephen Bagley, Sr. Judith Ann Karam, Dr. David Perse and Dr. Robert Field at the blessing of Buckeye Oncology at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.
Patients can now get the treatment they need that’s closer to home. For 72-year-old Nancy Cutlip of Cleveland’s near west side, that treatment option has been a tremendous benefit. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2016 and had both surgery and chemotherapy at St. Vincent Charity. Her oncologist recommended following up with radiation therapy to reduce the risk of cancer recurring. Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves, such as X-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons, to destroy or damage cancer cells.
Radiation therapy for Nancy would last for six weeks and consist of 15-minute treatments each day. She knew it would be difficult to get a ride to her appointments every day for the duration of treatments, even though it was only a 10-minute drive. Luckily for Nancy and other patients in need of a ride, Buckeye Radiation Oncology offers transportation through Uber.
“I didn’t want to do radiation, but it was recommended and Buckeye said they would get me a ride, which gave me peace of mind,” said Nancy.
An Uber driver picked up Nancy each weekday at her door and dropped her off at St. Vincent Charity. After her appointment, an Uber driver would provide a ride back home.
“I could not have gone to radiation without a ride. I never had to worry about getting there or getting home. Buckeye made it easy for me to go,” added Nancy.
Today, Nancy is doing well and said she had an excellent experience. “I was very happy with Buckeye. Everyone was very nice, even the Uber drivers.”
Dr. Field and his staff have extensive experience in radiation oncology. He has been active in cancer care, both in management and practice, for more than 35 years. He was fellowship trained in radiation oncology from the Cleveland Clinic and he also completed his residency in radiation oncology at the Cleveland Clinic.
“We are thrilled to open our new facility to be able to complement the high-quality cancer care provided at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center,” said Dr. Field. “With many patients in need of transportation assistance, we are pleased that we can make it easier for them to get the treatments they need by offering a reliable transportation option to get them to and from appointments.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Buckeye Radiation Oncology at 216.241.5072.