October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

​Breast cancer resource guide

Help for navigating the journey

Cancer. The word alone can trigger a flood of emotions.

Beyond the fear, anger or frustration there can be there can also be countless questions and choices that need to be made from selecting the best treatment options to choosing the right physician and health care facility.

If you or someone you know is facing such a diagnosis, then you aren’t alone — as the American Cancer Society reports that the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer at some point during her lifetime is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer, however, is about 1 in 37, a number that has been decreasing in recent year, likely the result of earlier detection and better treatment. And there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone.

For those who are navigating the cancer journey, here is a look at providers and health care facilities Miami Valley cancer patients have to choose from both locally and throughout the state.


Kettering Cancer Care’s services are integrated throughout its network and seven hospitals. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873).

Kettering Medical Center

3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering, Ohio 45429

Sycamore Medical Center

4000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

Grandview Medical Center

405 W. Grand Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45405

Southview Medical Center

1997 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville, Ohio 45459

Greene Memorial Hospital

1141 N. Monroe Drive, Xenia, Ohio 45385

Soin Medical Center

3535 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek, Ohio 45431

Fort Hamilton Hospital

630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45013

WEBSITE: www.ketteringhealth.org/cancercare/


A Cancer Access Center serves as the first point of contact for many who are on their first steps in their cancer journey. The access center helps patients navigate through the services Kettering Health Network offers at all of its hospitals, including oncologists, social workers, dietitians, financial guidance, and support groups. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873). With early detection and treatment, the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer will be alive and well more than five years after the diagnosis. Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers offers comprehensive breast screenings in 13 locations throughout southwest Ohio.

Surgery, including breast-sparing surgery and sentinel lymph node dissection

Chemotherapy, biotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy

Radiation therapy, including partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy, aka Mammosite or Contura), and stereotactic radiosurgery

Clinical trials (cancer research studies)

All KHN hospitals offer breast cancer surgery

Breast surgeon Roxane Weighall is the Dayton area’s only surgeon qualified to perform hidden scar breast cancer surgery. The procedure is an advanced approach in which the surgeon removes cancerous tissue through a single incision made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring.

Chemotherapy, biotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are available at Kettering, Sycamore, Grandview, Greene Memorial and Fort Hamilton. Chemotherapy will soon be offered at Soin Medical Center. Many of these treatment regimens can be done on an outpatient basis.

Radiation therapy is available at Kettering, Greene Memorial and Fort Hamilton. HDR brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery are available at Kettering. In treating women who have cancer in the left breast, a state-of-the-art radiation technique called respiratory gating is used. It synchronizes the delivery of radiation to the part of a woman’s breathing cycle when her breast is farthest away from her heart. This allows precision radiotherapy that eliminates any significant radiation dose to a woman’s heart, thus substantially decreasing her risk of cardiac complications in the future.

Kettering Cancer Center

Kettering Cancer Care is expanding, creating a new comprehensive cancer center located on the Kettering Medical Center campus. This 120,000 square-foot, five-story space was created to provide diagnosis and treatment to fight cancer. The cancer center will offer complete care to patients in a caring environment, with dedicated patient-centric services and specialized treatments to fight cancer including the area’s largest and most private infusion center for cancer patients. The center will serve as a single touch point for patients, providing them with a wide range of services more than 30 cancer physician specialists working together on a 20,000-square-foot multidisciplinary oncology floor.

The design will provide the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit. The most sophisticated cancer treatment technology will mean patients do not have to travel out of the region to receive their cancer care cancer treatment. Designed with input from patients, employees, and physicians, a full menu of cancer-specific amenities will be tailored to patients in the new center.


Oncology and breast cancer certified nurse navigators assist you as you move forward through your breast cancer journey. Specialized and individualized care, education, support, resources, and encouragement are offered from diagnosis, through treatment, and on to recovery. Navigators are available to counsel patients, and can connect patients and loved ones to local and national resources. Navigators also have quick access to the tools needed for breast cancer care and to enhance quality of life.

Social workers provide support and other services, which can reduce stress for patients and loved ones through the entire cancer journey. They can assist patients and families in finding affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage, transportation and home health care. Social workers help patients with the cancer diagnosis and the many emotions that they may experience.

Nutrition services are essential to comprehensive cancer care and rehabilitation. Kettering Cancer Care strives to provide safe and effective nutrition care across the cancer continuum, from prevention through treatment and into survivorship, to promote your best quality of life.

Certified lymphedema therapists work with patients who experience localized lymph fluid retention following surgery.

By providing spiritual support as a complement to medical treatment, KHN’s chaplains are able to make us a leader in healing the whole person. Our chaplains are ready to assist you in any way we can. KHN chaplains are trained to offer emotional and spiritual support to persons of all faiths, from pre-surgery and outpatient testing through the entire hospital experience

Breast cancer support group SOAR (strength, optimism, and recovery) helps individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and friends. Buddy system Moving Forward Hand in Hand is where breast cancer survivors offer support and encouragement to individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer.


KHN and Kettering Physician Network employ nine medical oncologists and three radiation oncologists. In addition, Kettering Cancer Care has three gynecological oncologists, a neuro-oncologist and oncology specialty surgeons on-staff. There are others who have privileges in the KHN system.


548 breast cancer cases were diagnosed within KHN in 2015.


The KHN cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.


Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Learn more about this affiliation and local cancer services by calling toll free (844) 316-HOPE (4673).

Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center

2300 Miami Valley Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45459

Miami Valley Hospital

1 Wyoming St., Dayton, Ohio 45409

Samaritan Cancer Center

9000 N. Main St., Englewood, Ohio 45415

Good Samaritan Hospital

2222 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45406

Upper Valley Medical Center

3130 N. County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

Atrium Medical Center

200 Medical Center Drive, Middletown, Ohio 45005

WEBSITE: www.premierhealth.com/cancer


The Premier Health Cancer Institute offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, all in locations that are close to home. The affiliation with MD Anderson provides access to expertise at one of the top cancer centers in the country and the confidence of knowing the best minds in cancer care are working together for you.

The multidisciplinary breast cancer team, dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer, includes medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians, certified oncology nurses and cancer coordinators.

Premier Health offers advanced breast imaging services, including Genius™ 3D Mammography™, high resolution ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic biopsy, image-guided breast biopsies, DEXA (bone density) scanning, ductograms, and automated whole breast ultrasound. In addition, Premier Health offers mobile 3D mammography, to bring screening mammograms closer to where patients live and work.

In addition to medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology, Premier Health offers the following on-site services:

Breast cancer clinical trials

Genetic counseling and genetic testing

High Risk Breast Cancer Centers

Breast reconstruction services

Lymphedema certified physical therapists

Oncology rehabilitation services

Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms

Specialized breast cancer care coordinators

Expressions of Hope Boutique offering wigs, prosthetics, post surgical apparel and mastectomy bras by certified fitters


Premier Health offers breast cancer coordinators to help women through their cancer journey. In addition, Premier Health offers cancer support groups, informational classes, exercise classes, massage therapy, yoga, wellness center, social workers, nutrition services, and pastoral care.

Other amenities include healing gardens, coffee shops, free wireless Internet, dedicated meditation rooms, patient resource centers and private treatment rooms.


Premier Health has numerous medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and others who help patients through their cancer journeys


Premier Health became a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network in March 2016, offering local access to world-class expertise. Premier has access to nearly 100 clinical trials and will soon add more through its affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Center.

All Premier Health cancer centers are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Good Samaritan Hospital earned an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer, and Miami Valley Hospital ranked as high performing in the areas of colon cancer and lung cancer from U.S. News & World Report.

Premier offers centralized scheduling for mammography by calling toll free (855) 887-7364.


148 W. North St., Springfield, Ohio 45504


WEBSITE: www.springfieldregionalcancercenter.org


Serves Springfield Regional Medical Center in Clark County and Mercy Memorial Hospital in Champaign County. Medical oncology infusion services, radiation oncology services. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer as a Community Cancer Program.


Cancer Care Outreach Program involving community education, screening and early-detection programming, psychosocial support, a Cancer Resource Library, the Pink Ribbon Society Support Group, American Cancer Society programs such as Look Good … Feel Better; an Appearance Center offering a wig program as well as bra and prosthesis fittings, nutrition education, lymphedema education, massage, on-site research RNs through a partnership with the Dayton Community Clinical Oncology Program.


Four medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists.


Average number of breast cancer patients per year in Clark County: 323


The cancer center is the flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk of the American Cancer Society for the past five years. Serenity Garden located outside the infusion suite with bird feeders and pond. Meditation room available for private reflection and massage therapy; social services available to assist patients with individual needs.


1343 N. Fountain Blvd., Springfield, Ohio 45504


WEBSITE: www.community-mercy.org/imaging_center_main.asp


Springfield Regional Imaging Center offers screening mammography and diagnostic imaging including breast ultrasound with same day results. Screening mammography at SRIC no longer requires a written order from your physician. We also offer stereotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsies. SRIC is equipped with the most advanced imaging technology, including state-of-the-art 3D tomographic mammography, digital mammography, breast MRI, and ultrasound.

The latest technology in breast imaging is now mobile. The SRIC will be providing mobile 3D mammography at the most convenient locations. The mobile services along with no longer needing a physician’s order for a screening mammogram will make getting your mammogram easier than ever.


The breast imaging navigator is designed to facilitate faster follow-up care from the point of abnormal mammogram to biopsy. SRIC is focused on personal one-on-one care by helping to schedule follow-up appointments and biopsies. The imaging navigator and nurse navigators monitor, coordinate, educate and provide emotional support for every patient who has a need for additional breast care. Beast navigators can also help with any breast imaging financial concerns.


2632 Woodman Center Court, Dayton, Ohio 45420

855-DAYTON1 (toll free), 937-293-2273

WEBSITE: www.firstdaytoncyberknife.com/


Offering short course radiation therapies for the treatment of breast cancer allowing patients to get back to their life faster. Whole breast radiation treatments, which use high-energy beams of radiation to treat the entire breast for mastectomy patients – reducing your chance of recurrence by 70 percent. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a safe and effective option for lumpectomy or mastectomy patients in just 15 days of therapy.


Doctor and oncology registered nurses available every day; one-on-one education with oncology nurse; free transportation service to and from daily treatment; easy access to our Independent Cancer Center gets you in and out in as little as 15 minutes.


Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute

Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212

The JamesLine at (614) 293-5066 or toll-free at (800) 293-5066

WEBSITE: www.cancer.osu.edu or www.cancer.osu.edu/breastcancer


Offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, in a single facility dedicated to advancing breast cancer care through research. The multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians and oncology-trained nurses.

The breast center also offers:

Clinical trials for all subsets of breast cancer and stages of disease, including triple negative and metastatic disease

Genetic counseling and a high-risk breast cancer prevention clinic

Advanced diagnostic imaging, including 3D mammography (Tomosynthesis), ultrasound and breast MRI and image-guided breast biopsies

Breast reconstruction services, including microsurgical techniques using a patient’s own tissue

Lymphedema-relieving surgery for prevention and reduction of lymphedema swelling post cancer treatment.

Lymphedema-certified physical therapists and oncology rehabilitation services

Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms

Women and sexuality after cancer consultative services

JamesCare for Life support services and programming, including patient and caregiver support groups, nutrition, fitness and other educational classes

Custom wig, hat and head coverings, specialized clothing and prosthetics through Hope’s Boutique

Other amenities include cafe with patio dining, free parking, free wireless internet, Patient Resource Center, private counseling suites, private treatment rooms, rehabilitation gymnasium and sanctuary.


Breast medical oncology – 7

Breast surgical oncology – 7

Breast radiation oncology – 5

Breast radiology – 6

Breast cancer genetics – 2

Oncology reconstructive surgeons – 7


Comprehensive Cancer Designation: The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is part of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James), one of 46 cancer centers across the United States to hold the designation of comprehensive cancer center from the National Cancer Institute for research excellence. In 2016, the institution was ranked “exceptional” and received a perfect score of 10 – the highest ranking possible.

Clinical Trials: As one of only four programs nationwide funded by the NCI to conduct phase I and II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs, the OSUCCC-James is a leader in advancing clinical and basic research for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Researchers and clinicians work side-by-side to investigate and then move promising new therapies from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside, all with the goal of creating a cancer-free world one discovery, one person at a time.

Dozens of breast cancer clinical trials are typically open and enrolling patients at the OSUCCC-James, including trials to test new targeted medical therapies for triple negative and HER2-positive breast cancers, targeted partial breast radiation techniques and non-medical prevention trials.


9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44195

(866) 223-8100 (Cancer Answer Line)

WEBSITE: www.clevelandclinic.org/supportsquad


Cleveland Clinic’s Cancer Center provides world-class care to patients with cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research.

Cleveland Clinic provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer care that encompasses the most innovative surgical techniques, access to clinical trials and ground-breaking research.

Detection — Mammography (including walk-ins), breast MRI, image-guided biopsy

Surgeries — Lumpectomy, simple or total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, breast reconstruction

Treatments — Hyperthemia therapy, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), prone breast irradiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, access to clinical trials


4th Angel Mentoring Program, Chemocare.com, breast cancer support groups, art & music therapy, psycho-social oncology program, wig boutique and yoga.


Breast surgeons practicing in breast centers – 11

Medical breast specialists - 3 medical breast physicians, 2 medical breast nurse


Breast radiology - 14

Breast cancer medical oncology - 30

Radiation oncology - 11

Breast plastic surgeons - 8

Breast pathologists - 11

Breast cancer genetic counselors – 4


Cleveland Clinic’s Cancer Center is a nationally ranked cancer program and the top-ranked cancer center in Ohio, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The center features 250 cancer specialists who treat an average of 13,000 patients each year. There are more than 200 active clinical trials for cancer in progress at the center.