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JHS to start offering oncology services

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Louisville doctors will be in Shelbyville 2 days a week

By Todd Martin

Cancer patients now can start scheduling office visits in Shelbyville as Jewish Hospital Shelbyville welcomed medical oncologists Dr. Khuda Khan and Dr. Itaf Khan on Monday.

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The oncology clinical services are being offered as a partnership with Cancer and Blood Specialists, 1460 Bluegrass Ave. Louisville, and JHS, a member o KentuckyOne Health.

“One benefit of being a part of KentuckyOne Health is that they have the resources to bring things like this to the table,” JHS CEO Michael Collins said. “This service will be on campus on the first floor of the hospital. And as a result of this, and through the recent integration with University Hospital, our doctors will be able to access any cancer treatment, including that offered at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center [which is part of University Hospital].

“I think this is a major plus for us and our community.”

Collins said the return of the oncology services, which had been removed from the hospital about six years ago, is a part of KentuckyOne Health’s commitment to expanding services.

“This is part of a larger effort to expand cancer care across the state,” he said. “Incidents of cancer are increasing in Kentucky, and KentuckyOne has the opportunity and ability to reach out to communities in many, many ways. They’re not just taking a look at Shelbyville, but providing a cancer coverage network across the state, and that’s certainly something that Shelbyville can be included in.”

Collins also noted that he is pleased to offer this after hearing from doctors in the community.

“Physicians, part of the KentuckyOne network, have told me that this was a service that was lacking in the community,” he said. “And they will be the ones referring patients to the service.”

While the service started on Monday, Collins said he wasn’t sure how many patients came through on the first day, but he said there appointments lined up.

“Any time you can have appointments scheduled for the first day, that’s a good sign,” he said.

The doctors will be available Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.

“I am pleased to be able to offer my expertise to patients in Shelby County through our new clinic,” Dr. Khan said. “There is no need for patients to drive to Louisville for the most basic of hematology and oncology treatments when KentuckyOne has a facility right here in Shelbyville.”

New service coming

Collins also was eager to announce that the hospital soon will add a cutting-edge service.

“We’re getting close, within days, of being able to offer a new diagnostic service that aligns with new oncology clinical services, although it’s not the same,” he said. “Stereotactic Breast Biopsy helps diagnose a breast lesion without having to do a lumpectomy.”

He said a stereotactic breast biopsy is less invasive and less painful, compared to other methods, and it takes less time to perform.

The new service is the most accurate, efficient and minimally invasive biopsy technique available. The procedure is performed by taking two digital X-ray images of breast tissue at different angles. A computer then uses the images to locate the abnormality and calculates its precise location, which the physician uses to place the needle in the correct target area.