Quality cancer care, close to home

Community Cancer Care offers state-of-the-art cancer services enabling patients in our community to receive the treatment they need, close to home. Patients are treated by staff they quickly come to know and trust, with their personal physician involved in ongoing treatment. As a close team, we strongly encourage family and friends to be present and give support along the way.

We provide treatment for all types of cancer and blood disorders in adults. Care is coordinated with your physicians to determine the best treatment methods, based on your personal needs and the type of cancer you have. If you require surgery, we will be part of the process and provide the follow-up treatment and support you need.

Along with advanced medical and radiation oncology treatments, our comprehensive program includes programs to help keep symptoms under control. Effective treatment means that we improve your overall quality of life and well-being. Common symptoms can include pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, depression, loss of appetite, anxiety and insomnia. Trained psychosocial professionals can meet with you and your family throughout the entire treatment process. And, we're always there to provide you and your loved ones with education, health care coordination and ongoing emotional support with a multidisciplinary team approach. Simply put, we'll be there every step of the way.

Medical oncology

Medical oncology is the subspecialty of oncology that involves the use of medical and chemotherapeutic treatments of cancer.

Our full-time medical oncologist, Tahir Ali Naqvi, M.D., is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine, hospice and palliative care. Dr. Naqvi attended medical school at Wright State University and has published numerous articles based on his expertise and experience in the medical field. He is well-respected in the medical community and, most importantly, by his patients.

Along with Dr. Naqvi, our medical oncology team consists of certified oncology nurses, an on-site pharmacist and the front office staff that will smile and get to know you at every appointment. All have a reputation for their quality of care, but also for the quality of their caring. From throwing a wedding reception for a young patient with Stage IV melanoma, to making blankets to provide warmth and comfort to all patients, the staff truly goes above and beyond. Continuing education is priority. Our staff stay up-to-date on the latest treatments and technologies with complete, intensive oncology training and American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer program accreditation, as well as ongoing medical education focused on current topics in the oncology and psychology fields.

Radiation oncology

Radiation oncology is the subspecialty of oncology that involves treatment of cancer with radiation.

Jennifer E. Zook, M.D. is the full time radiation oncologist at Community Hospital Anderson. Dr. Zook understands the struggles her patients are enduring and strives to be an approachable resource for them.

Dr. Zook attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. She completed an internship at Resurrection Medical Center and her residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is board certified in radiation oncology. Dr. Zook has a special interest in the treatment of breast cancer and performs procedures such as partial breast irradiation that can accomplish radiation in just five days.

Our radiation oncology nurses work collaboratively with Dr. Zook and the radiation therapists to care for you and your family at the time of consultation, while you are receiving treatment and during your follow-up care. The team will explain the possible side effects you may experience and help you to manage them.

Community Cancer Care has been designated a center of excellence for the SAVI® treatment, a revolutionary therapy for early stage breast cancer. A device inserted into the breast uses multiple catheters to direct individualized radiation to the tumor, allowing for unparalleled dose customization that minimizes exposure to healthy tissue and reduces complications.

Community was also the first center in the state to use the Calypso® system to treat prostate cancer. This system provides continuous, real time, objective tracking, allowing for radiation therapy delivery to be managed more effectively. It involves the use of electromagnetic transponders implanted into the prostate to accurately monitor prostatic position throughout treatment, helping to ensure the precise delivery of radiation, therefore reducing or eliminating unwanted side effects.