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Family Cancer Center offers flexible hours

Family Cancer Center offers flexible hours

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 9:28 pm

  Dr. Valerie Walters-Burke, a well-known leader in the medical field, spends a good deal of time in doctors’ offices. She chairs a graduate nursing program at Union University in Jackson and works as a full-time nurse practitioner. But her career is not the only reason so much of her time is spent in a doctor’s office. She is also a regular patient at the Family Cancer Center — which has a local office at 1012 South Miles Ave. in Union City.

For Dr. Walters-Burke and many others, demanding daily schedules make weekly doctor appointments difficult to fit in. Her days were often disrupted by sitting for hours in a waiting room to receive iron and blood transfusions for Iron Deficiency Anemia. So when the Family Cancer Center at Collierville offered a solution by extending office hours, she grabbed it. The facility there remains open until 9 p.m. twice a week — Tuesdays and Wednesdays — in order to provide additional convenience for patients, families and loved ones.

The Family Cancer Center, a premier oncology and hematology practice, founded in Memphis, prides itself on providing the most advanced care in a warm, friendly environment.

The extended hours initiative was implemented in December 2007 and is designed to offer flexible treatment times. Dr. Earle Weeks, founder and physician of the Family Cancer Center, recognized the need to provide various scheduling options that better suited patients and did not disrupt the lives of their families and friends. He first considered the idea of having a clinic remain open on a Saturday, but according to patient feedback, extended hours was a more favorable solution.

“If you are trying to maintain your life at the fullest and see a doctor on a regular basis, it’s important to have someone who is willing to work with you,” Dr. Walters-Burke said. “The Family Cancer Center has a strong commitment to helping me in more ways than just providing medical treatment. They are dedicated to fulfilling one’s needs and, in my case, making it easy for me to take care of work and a family of five.”

Often, patients are unable to drive themselves after receiving radiation, chemotherapy or other procedures and must rely on friends or family to transport them. Extended hours allow family members an easier solution to be available for loved ones without inconveniencing busy lives.

The Family Cancer Center’s commitment to patient’s comfort includes Circle of Life, a counseling group designed for family members, patients and friends; 10 locations scattered throughout the Mid-South so patients are not required to travel long distances in order to receive treatment; and comfortable offices that feel like someone’s living room instead of a sterile, cold environment.

Founded in 1997, the Family Cancer Center provides cutting-edge treatment and individualized care to patients diagnosed with cancer. It operates 10 comprehensive, self-sufficient offices throughout the Mid-South, providing treatment services in the areas of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hematology and rheumatology.

For more information, call (901) 850-0272 or visit the Web site The local Family Cancer Center may be reached by telephone at 884-1412.
Published in The Messenger 11.12.08

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