Monday – Thursday:
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Regional Cancer Center
803 Poplar Street
Murray, KY 42071
At Murray-Calloway County Hospital, we keep care close to home.
With the newly opened Regional Cancer Center, groundbreaking technology, including an advanced linear accelerator and state-of-the-art treatment simulator, meets compassionate care from a top-notch team of doctors, nurses, and staff.
Employing cutting-edge treatments and prioritizing early detection, our multidisciplinary team of experts provides continuous support throughout your journey.
Regional Cancer Center
The Regional Cancer Center, conveniently located on 8th Street, is open Monday – Friday.
Most insurance plans cover cancer treatments, and we assist patients who need alternative arrangements. Our office staff will answer any insurance questions during your first visit.
Commission on Cancer Accreditation
The Cancer Program at Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently was granted a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
A facility receives the accreditation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. During the visit, staff demonstrate compliance with standards, which include: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures the patient will have access to comprehensive care, a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate best treatment options, information about ongoing clinic trials, access to cancer-related information and support, a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results with lifelong patient follow-up, ongoing monitoring and improvement of care and, most importantly, quality care close to home.
If cancer can be treated by radiation, it can be treated at the Regional Cancer Center.
The Regional Cancer Center employs state-of-the-art technology for the most effective cancer treatment. Our TrueBeam linear accelerator provides pinpoint data for targeting radiation beams, taking the size of the tumor, its position and proximity to vital organs into account. It then utilizes high-energy rays to reach deep-seated tumors with fewer and less severe side effects.
TrueBeam opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of challenging cases such as cancers in the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy.
TrueBeam was designed with many features that can improve the overall patient experience. With shorter treatment times and quieter operation, TrueBeam provides for a more comfortable environment for patients. Enhanced communication technology enables a constant interaction between the patient and the therapist who operates the equipment. Three closed-circuit television systems enable the therapist to monitor the patient at all times. Music can be played during treatment, helping to increase patient comfort.
Our expert oncology nurses, undr the direction of medical oncologists, administer chemotherapy treatments in a comforting environment. And when treatment is over, you’re only minutes from home.
Clinical trials allow us to tackle even the rarest cancers with confidence. Thanks to our partnership with the National Cancer Institute, the Regional Cancer Center has access to some of the newest and most promising cancer-fighting treatments available.
Clinical trials provide patients at all stages of cancer with the most cutting-edge medical treatment and the highest levels of care. The goal of these studies is to find new, better ways to:
- Prevent diseases (vaccines, diet and exercise, or the use of a new, FDA-approved drug)
- Diagnose and treat diseases
- Manage diseases
Taking part in clinical trials, among other benefits, means helping yourself today and helping others in the future.
For more information on clinical trials, visit www.cancer.org and click ‘Clinical Trials.’
To support every aspect of your health as you maneuver treatment, our dedicated dietitians work with the Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology Departments, providing personalized nutrition guidance tailored to your cancer type and treatment.
Our Nutrition Department is Here to Help
MCCH’s Registered Dietitians will work to create an individualized plan during the cancer treatment journey based on the type of cancer and treatment plans.
- Nutrition management of side effects from cancer treatment
- Personalized, individual meal plans
- Nutrition management of tube feedings
- Education on diet and general wellness before, during and after cancer treatments
- Education on nutrition supplements
- Tolerable recipes during cancer treatment
Exercise and Cancer Recovery
While cancer weakens the immune system, exercise boosts the circulation of immune cells that attack cancer. Curated for cancer survivors, our exercise and recovery program offers:
- Supervised exercise sessions at the Center for Health and Wellness
- Supportive group workouts with fellow survivors
- Expert coaching
- Full membership perks
- No joining fee within 60 days of completing treatment*
*Requires Oncologist referral or healthcare provider approval
Massage therapy is beneficial during and after cancer treatment, reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety and other mood disturbances. Please consult your physician before making an appointment. To schedule, call the Center for Health and Wellness at (270) 762-1348.
Cancer Support Group
The MCCH Cancer Support Group meets regularly. Contact Evelyn Wallis at (270) 978-0693 for information on joining the group.
Low Dose Computed Tomography
The lung cancer screening program at MCCH offers screenings for those with a high risk of developing lung cancer. The latest 3-dimensional Computed Tomography (CT) imaging allows patients to receive their diagnosis early, before symptoms develop. Early detection alone can save up to 20,000 lives each year, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
How to Schedule
To get started, consult your doctor for a physician order. Your healthcare provider’s office will schedule the exam.
For more information, contact Heidi Hordyk, R.T., CNMT, MBA, Director of Radiology, at (270) 762-2179.
Alexander K. Diaz, MD, PhD, CSCS
Dr. Alexander K. Diaz is a radiation oncologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association who joined the cancer team at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in August 2023. He received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Georgia and both his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. In graduate school, his research focus was on pediatric brain tumors under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne J. Baker at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is currently in his last year of residency training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Dr. Diaz will oversee the department of radiation oncology, becoming the newest member of our growing multidisciplinary team caring for patients with cancer. Radiation therapy uses precisely targeted high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting and spending time with his family.
Zuhair Ghanem, MD
Oncology & Hematology
Dr. Zuhair Ghanem, M.D., graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology with his Doctor of Medicine. He completed a Hematology/Medical Oncology fellowship at Howard University Hospital, as well as training at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ghanem also completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at the Arizona Center on Aging, at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American Geriatrics Society, and American College of Physicians. In his spare time, Dr. Ghanem enjoys fishing, hiking, photography and travel.
Alison Sasseen, APRN
Alison Sasseen comes to MCCH after serving at various healthcare facilities in the region, including Baptist Health Medical Group Hematology Oncology as a nurse practitioner, Jackson Purchase Medical Center as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department and Marshall County Hospital as a registered nurse in the emergency room and intensive care unit. A graduate of Murray State University with a Masters of Science in Nursing, Sasseen also holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Murray State University and has 17 years of experience in hematology and oncology.