Call (870) 508-1011 or 800-695-DOCS for more information.
The BRMC Cancer Team ... Caring For You Inside And Out!
Baxter Regional Medical Center is a referral center for cancer patients in a 14-county service area in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. BRMC provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic cancer care.
BRMC offers coordinated inpatient and outpatient programs to help prevent, detect, diagnose, treat and eradicate cancer.
The medical staff at BRMC – surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and medical oncologists – is specially trained in the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of cancer care. The cancer program is the most comprehensive in the area, caring for patients battling many different forms of cancer.
Oncology nurses at BRMC are highly qualified and receive chemotherapy and oncology training and certification. The licensed cancer social worker visits newly diagnosed cancer patients and assists in discharge planning and resource coordination. In addition, a dietitian offers nutritional counseling for cancer patients, while the cancer registrar assists with cancer information.
Peitz Cancer Support House
BRMC has the only cancer support house in north-central Arkansas. The Peitz Cancer Support House is located across the parking lot from the Cline Emergency Center entrance of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and provides the following services and resources, free of charge:
- Support sessions
- One on One sessions
- Resource Library
- Wig and turban bank
- Mastectomy/Lumpectomy supplies
- Educational Seminars
- Exercise Programs
- Tobacco Cessation
The Peitz Cancer Support House is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is staffed by the Cancer Support House coordinator and volunteers. The house can be reached by calling (870) 508-CARE.
CARTI of Mountain Home
What is CARTI?
CARTI (Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute) is a freestanding, not-for-profit healthcare organization that offers state-of-the-art radiation therapy to cancer patients in Arkansas and surrounding states.
Quality is a high priority at CARTI. CARTI is recognized as a leader in quality cancer care. In 1989, CARTI was the first freestanding, not-for-profit radiation therapy center to ever receive accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). CARTI is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons and is affiliated with the Association of Community Radiation Therapy Centers. In 1997, CARTI was awarded the Governor’s Quality Award, the highest level in the Arkansas Quality Awards. CARTI was the first healthcare organization and not-for-profit to receive the Governor’s Quality Award.
CARTI treats the whole patient and his or her family through education and support services such as counseling, support groups, retreats, educational classes, free cancer screenings, community education programs and activities for both adult and pediatric patients. For more information, visit www.carti.com.
Hosting the MMU
The MMU enables Baxter Regional to provide an alternative screening method to residents of the Twin Lakes area and to increase the awareness and utilization of early-detection screenings for breast cancer and other major health risks, such as osteoporosis.
Facilities interested in hosting the MMU must:
- Provide their own personnel to schedule patients. A patient list must be faxed to BRMC three days prior to the scheduled visit.
- Provide an adequate, level space to park the MMU.
- Provide adequate parking for patients.
- Provide restroom facilities for patients and MMU staff.
- Provide detailed directions to the facility, including where to park the MMU.
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Using Physical Therapy to Treat Lymphedema
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part – most often an extremity – caused by an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid called lymph. It can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen or genitals. Lymphedema often develops when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired (primary), when lymph vessels are damaged or when lymph nodes are removed (secondary). Lymphedema is most commonly associated with cancer patients – especially those treated with radiation therapy.
What causes lymphedema?
Primary lymphedema is the result of developmental abnormalities. It may be present at birth or develop at the onset of puberty or adulthood due to unknown causes.
Secondary lymphedema can develop as a result of surgery, radiation, infection or trauma. It is usually caused by cancer therapies, which involve lymph node removal and/or other extensive surgical procedures.
Lymphangitis is an infection that causes inflammation of lymphatic vessels, which can lead to an interruption in normal lymphatic pathway function.
Treatment options for lymphedema include:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique designed to increase the movement of lymph and interstitial fluid. It is especially advantageous for surgery and radiation therapy patients.
- Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a combination of MLD, bandaging of the affected areas, skin and nail care, and remedial exercises.
The rehabilitation services department at BRMC offers extensive lymphedema-management treatments. For more information, please call (870) 508-1560.
Cancer Center Team Physicians
Dr. Brook Brander
Dr. Bob Cogburn
Dr. Gary B. Wells
Dr. R. Bruce White