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Blessing ceremony held for HMHP's new medical oncology department

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Humility of Mary Health Partners, in its effort to provide comprehensive cancer care, has brought back its medical oncology department.

While chemotherapy services have been provided at St. Joes in Warren for years, they haven't always been available at St. Elizabeth.

The medical oncology unit is connected to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. However, treatments are not specific to breast cancer patients.

"Very soon, we are going to have clinical trials open here. So not only will we have standard of care available to patients, but we'll also have access to clinical trials that can advance the field of oncology and as you know the field of oncology is extremely driven by research and evidence based medicine," said Dr. Ayla Ahmed, Oncologist at Humility of Mary Health Partners.

"Unfortunately, our incident of cancer here in the Mahoning Valley is higher than most places in the country. So, we want to provide the best care for our community so people don't have to Cleveland or Pittsburgh," said Humility of Mary Health Partners' Director Physician Practices Rod Neill.

The plan to return the oncology department to the hospital was part of HMHP's five year plan.

Next year, the hospital system will break ground on an infusion center for cancer patients.

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