SPOTLIGHT ON LEANN DANNER
LeAnn Danner, RN, OCN, is the manager for the Great Bend office, overseeing all nursing and patient care. She has worked as an oncology nurse for 12 years and is an oncology certified nurse. She holds a certification for adult and pediatric chemotherapy and biotherapy administration. She enjoys patient and family education and plays an active role in genetic testing at the clinic. She is an active member of the National Oncology Nursing Society.
Cancer takes a huge toll not only for patients, but also their family, friends and communities. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, there were over 1.6 million new cases of cancer and over half a million deaths caused by cancer in 2015 alone.
Despite the numbers, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in technology designed to treat various cancers, as well as advances in knowledge and understanding about diseases at the genetic level.
Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. in Great Bend, aims to harness these advancements by bringing experts in the field, state-of-the-art technology and treatment techniques, to central Kansas.
In 2014, a joint venture between Central Care Cancer Center, St. Catherine Hospital and Centura Health formed Heartland Oncology, LLC.
The company is comprised of two cancer centers in Garden City and Great Bend, known as the Heartland Cancer Centers. The partnership is able to provide the Garden City and Great Bend communities with state-of-the-art facilities providing medical and radiation oncology services.
“There’s nothing like having your loved one at home with doctors and nurses who care for the patient,” said Dr. Perez-Tamayo, president and radiation oncologist at Central Care Cancer Center. “You know they are receiving the best that medicine can bring to them. It gives great comfort to the patient and family.”
The Central Care oncologists who treat patients at HCC are Claudia Perez-Tamayo, MD, FACR, FACRO; and Thomas Hegarty, MD, radiation oncologists; and Mark Fesen, MD FACP; and Greg Nanney, MD, medical oncologists.