Patients frequently come to our center excited to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment services, which may be less than a few miles from their home. Unfortunately, family members or friends will urge them to the point of guilt creating fear, uncertainty, and doubt in their decision to get care locally so that they will go to Kansas City to providers such as KU with the false promise of receiving better care. The reality is all board certified physicians are treating with the same techniques, the same medical standards of care, and equal experience levels and knowledge.
The equipment in Lawrence is state-of-the-art and is identical to the same treatment machines utilized in the Kansas City area. Specifically, our linear accelerators provide intensity modulated radiation therapy with image guidance and can treat patients with stereotactic radiosurgery. While these machines go by various names such as TrueBeam, CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, the end result and the treatment plan developed by the physician and his team of specialists, including the medical physicist, are virtually identical. A friend or family member may have had a good experience at KU Medical Center and so they urge patients to go through, which ultimately results in hardship through time, cost, and effort utilizing precious time and energy to get care that is equivalent. Dr. Slane and I both trained at NCI designated cancer centers; Dr. Slane at the University of Arizona, myself at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
I love seeing patients back after they have gone to KU for a second opinion, and they are thrilled by the convenience of our facility, the quality of our care, the friendliness of our staff, and the assurance and knowledge that our cure rates are equal to anyone in Kansas City. There is evidence that when patients have to travel longer distances for their care, their outcomes are inferior.