Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center

At the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center, we’ve brought the best in cancer care close to home. Our oncology program is recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the very best in cancer care.

The Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center at Citizens

Cancer SurvivorCitizens Medical Center is one of only 83 CoC accredited facilities in Texas receiving accredited program status from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, a distinction bestowed upon the best cancer programs in the United States.

The cancer program at Citizens Medical Center includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, palliative care, and other specialists. There is a multidisciplinary team approach to planning, providing, and evaluating the care of patients with cancer, which results in improved patient care. The oncology floor at Citizens Medical Center has dedicated rooms for inpatient medical and surgical care, and an outpatient infusion unit where chemotherapy is administered by certified oncology nurses.

Being told you have cancer can be a life-altering experience. At Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center, with a full spectrum of modalities available for radiation treatment planning and delivery, we not only have increased patients’ choices of cancer survival, we also have a new focus to take an extra step avoiding delayed long-term side effects from treatment and improving cancer survivors’ overall quality of life and wellness beyond treatment.

Citizens Medical Center has made tremendous progress in the last several years to ensure the quality of radiation treatment and improve the odds for scores of patients by equipping the Cancer Center with the following radiotherapy delivery system:

  • PHILIPS GEMINI PET/CT Simulator with motion gated 4D CT image capabilities
  • ECLIPSE 3D & IMRT radiation treatment planning system
  • VARIAN 23iX dual energy linear accelerator treatment delivery unit with On Board Imager and Cone Beam CT
  • VARIAN 21EXS dual energy linear accelerator treatment delivery unit
  • PORTAL VISION for Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)

We not only have the cutting edge equipment to deliver a full spectrum of radiation treatment, we also have a team of professionals working together to provide quality care, including board certified Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Physicists, Medical Dosimetrists, Radiation Therapists, and Oncology Nurses.

Citizens ScanCitizens Diagnostic Imaging Center provides ACR accredited Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT) Scans, ACR accredited mammography with stereotactic capability, advanced Ultrasonography, Nuclear Medicine with spect tomography, and PET/CT, for early detection and assessment of extent of disease.

Tumor Board meetings, held twice monthly, provide the ideal forum for encouraging multidisciplinary discussion and recommendations for optimal patient care. Breast Cancer Treatment Planning Conferences, also held twice monthly, provide for multidisciplinary team treatment planning and coordination of care for newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer. Cancer conferences are designated as Category I CME (AMA/PRA) and AAFP prescribed credit.

Patient Navigator Program

Having breast cancer is challenging enough. Finding your way through the system shouldn’t be. Citizens Medical Center now has a Breast Nurse Navigator to provide a single point of contact who will be with you every step of the way. The Nurse Navigator is here to answer any questions you or your family may have about your diagnosis and to assist you with any physical and emotional needs you have during this time. Citizens Medical Center is committed to providing you with the best care and educational goods available.

Cheryl Ott
Cheryl Ott, RN, OCN
Patient Navigator

Commission on Cancer

Commission on Cancer

The team approach to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer includes the best available technology, medical expertise, and support services provided with a personal touch at Citizens Medical Center.

Additional information for patients and their families may be found at the following websites:

The Cancer Registry

The Cancer Registry serves as the database for the cancer program, collecting information on the types of cancer in the patients we serve, including extent of disease, treatment, and outcome. Registry data is used to help analyze our progress in managing cancer and improving quality of life and survival rates.

For more information about the cancer program at Citizens Medical Center contact the Cancer Registry at (361)572-5088.