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Welcome to complete cancer care under one roof.

Chemotherapy

Treatment for cancer by trained and knowledgeable staff in a warm and comfortable environment.

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Radiation Therapy

Treatments are delivered using the most precise targeting technology available.

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Imaging

Computed Tomography, Mammography, Bone Densitometry, and General X-ray.

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Lab

Blood counts, chemistries, and specialized diagnostic tests.

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FINDING COMPLETE CARE CLOSE TO HOME

At Carl Larson Cancer Center, we strive to provide your medical needs in a small, friendly atmosphere. Here, you can receive Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy cancer treatments at one location, have all your lab work completed and have a wide variety of diagnostic x-ray exams in our Raleigh X-Ray Diagnostics wing. Our lab and X-Ray Diagnostic services are not restricted to those patients who are receiving cancer care. At the Carl Larson Cancer Center, patients can utilize these services and experience much shorter wait times as compared to larger hospital systems. In addition, patients who come to us for their lab and x-ray exams, come away with the feeling of being treated like family.

Complete Cancer Therapy Under One Roof

Since 1986 Carl Larson Cancer Center has played a vital role of providing cancer treatment to the residents of Beckley, West Virginia and the surrounding area. Our recent name change from Raleigh Regional Cancer Center to the Carl Larson Cancer Center reflects our efforts to honor and continue the legacy of our founder, Dr. Carl Larson.

Carl Larson Cancer Center is the only cancer center in southern West Virginia to offer multiple cancer treatment modalities as well as ancillary patient care services under one roof. Typically, cancer centers can only offer one particular treatment modality or service, therefore, the patient must travel from one clinic to the next clinic to have their needs met. Often, the patient must do this each day until the completion of their therapy. Traveling to multiple sites each day is expensive, time-consuming and, very often, causes stress and fatigue for the patient. Also, if a complication arises during treatment, the patient’s primary Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy physicians are at different locations which can cause difficulty or delay in adjusting the patient’s care.

Services provided by the Carl Larson Cancer Center:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Labs
  • Raleigh X-Ray Diagnostics

What is the advantage of having Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy at one location?

Complete cancer care involves several medical disciplines to be incorporated at the same time for the best possible outcome. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy can be given independently, however, depending on our patient’s particular needs, there are many times when Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy must be given at the same time.

For concurrent Chemo and Radiation Therapies, there must be a strong relationship between the patient’s Chemotherapy physician and Radiation Therapy physician. A very detailed plan must be incorporated to provide optimal care for our patient’s therapy. At Carl Larson Cancer Center, the Medical Oncologists who provide the Chemotherapy and the Radiation Oncologist, who provides the Radiation Therapy, have been in practice together for many years. They come together and review each new patient’s diagnosis in order to develop the best treatment plan. During a patient’s course of therapy, each of the patient’s primary physicians are under the same roof and meet together every day to address any pressing need that may arise.

Receiving Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy or a combination of the two can cause fatigue or nausea in patients. In typical clinics found in southern West Virginia, a patient requiring combined Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy will need to arrive at one clinic, receive their treatment, then, travel to the next clinic to complete their combined treatment. This can become difficult if the patient becomes overly fatigued or nauseated from the first part of their treatment and then must travel to a second location, possibly many miles away, to a continue their treatment. The additional travel may cause a patient to miss their complete treatment. At the Carl Larson Cancer Center, no additional travel is necessary. The distance from one treatment modality to the next is right down the hallway!

What is the advantage to having Cancer Therapy and Ancillary Services at one location?

In the normal course of cancer therapies, patients will need to be monitored or evaluated for side effects associated with their cancer treatments. Two common ancillary medical needs that arise during the course of therapy include a wide assortment of Lab based tests as well as diagnostic X-Ray services. With all other cancer centers in Southern West Virginia, the patient must again travel to one or two other locations to receive the necessary service. Our patients at Carl Larson Cancer Center have only to travel down the hallway to receive lab work, diagnostic x-ray, computed tomography (CT) exam, mammogram, or bone density exam.

Has your facility been evaluated by an independent accreditation agency?

Yes. In order to ensure our patients receive the best care possible, we have voluntarily undergone very rigorous inspections by independent agencies. This process involves outside physicians and medical physicists visiting our site to observe, among other things, our patient care, record keeping and quality assurance. Rigorous Lab based tests have also been conducted by outside agencies to ensure our laboratory techniques and quality assurance meet the highest standards. As a result, we have been awarded the highest rank of Full Accreditation in 6 different modalities from:

  • The American College of Radiology in Radiation Therapyacr-and-acro-seals
  • The American College of Radiation Oncology
  • The American College of Radiology in Mammography
  • The American College of Radiology in Computed Tomography
  • The Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA)
  • The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)

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