At the CAMC Cancer Center
Charleston Area Medical Center's David Lee Cancer Center is designed to provide a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive care for patients with hematologic and oncologic diseases. This center provides the highest quality of care possible through the coordination and enhancement of multiple hematology/oncology services in an academic environment utilizing internationally recognized evidence-based standards of care and best practice patterns. The David Lee Cancer Center provides quality outpatient services of the type and levels necessary to support the teaching mission of the institution in its affiliation with the West Virginia University Medical School. The center provides services to surrounding communities, which are not readily available from other community medical/health care resources. The services of various indigent programs are available and the center facilitates access for qualifying patients. Services provided by the David Lee Cancer Center include those for hematology and oncology patients. These services are located on the first floor of CAMC Memorial Hospital's Medical Staff Office Building.
David Lee Cancer Center (DLCC) offers a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive cancer care. This center provides the highest quality of care possible through the coordination and of multiple hematology (blood) and oncology (cancer) services in a learning environment using internationally recognized evidence-based standards of care and best practice.
Here at the David Lee Cancer Center, we see more patients than any other cancer center in the state. Last year we had more than 20,000 patients visit our center and administered more than 9,000 chemotherapy treatments.
At DLCC, we actively participate in research protocols with the Clinical Trials Center. There are approximately 22 cancer clinical trials recruiting participants.
David Lee Cancer Center is located on the first floor of the Medical Staff Office Building in suite 101, adjacent to Charleston Area Medical Center. Our convenient location offers easy access to services at CAMC Memorial Hospital including the in-patient oncology (cancer) unit, as well as radiation therapy. We are also in close proximity to the CAMC Imaging Center.
Our center is accredited by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
David Lee Cancer Center now offers pet therapy to infusion patients. The trained dogs visit with patients weekly.
We offer the services of a financial navigator that specializes in assistance for indigent patients. This navigator reviews benefits prior to treatment with chemotherapy, and can assist in the Medicaid application process. She also assists with co-pays for IV and oral chemotherapy.
Colorectal Patient Navigator
This specialized patient navigator follows colorectal cancer patients beginning at diagnosis to ensure they are going through treatment without obstacles. The navigator follows up as needed and assists patients with any issues that may arise during their care, including financial issues, toxicities and psychosocial needs.
The David Lee Cancer Center provides space to the American Cancer Society that is dedicated to patient education. The room is supplied with pamphlets, brochures and booklets regarding early detection, diagnosis and treatment issues. There also is a laptop available for patients to use to search the ACS website. Eventually, the room will be staffed with a volunteer to help patients access information.
Our staff at the David Lee Cancer Center is highly trained in the areas of oncology and hematology. We have a broad range of staff to assist patients during the continuum of care.
Physician's assistants work with the physician's to facilitate in-patient consultations and triage in-patient needs.
Oncology certified nurses, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses at the cancer center focus on providing safe and efficient care to the patients they treat. All of the nurses at the cancer center have attended a specialized chemotherapy and biotherapy course. They have also had specialized training in triaging the oncology/hematology patient's needs.
You will have your visit triaged by a certified medical assistant. Our medical assistants focus on drawing labs, taking vital signs, preparing and updating medication lists and assess immediate patient needs.
Our pre-certification and billing departments collaborate with your insurance provider to ensure that your visits and/or treatments are pre-authorized. We also have a specialist that focuses on indigent programs and Medicaid assistance.
The medical records department focuses on maintaining patient records and keeping all patient information confidential.
For your convenience, our facility has a lab that can collect most lab tests and analyze simple blood and urine tests.
We have a pharmacy for dispensing chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy infusions at the cancer center. These infusions are prepared by oncology pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Our pharmacy is led by one of the few board certified oncology pharmacists in the state of WV.