Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program - Veteran Health Indiana
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Veteran Health Indiana


Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program

2019 Annual Cancer Care Report

The collective purpose of the Cancer Program is to follow four guiding principles - People, Service, Quality, Stewardship – and provide the Veteran with:

  • early diagnosis
  • pretreatment evaluations
  • physician staging
  • education
  • nutritional assessment
  • optimal treatment and palliation
  • rehabilitation
  • pastoral care
  • hospice care for the terminally ill
  • long term surveillance for recurrent and multiple primary cancers
  • research in cancer prevention, cancer biology and cancer treatment

Our program is designated as one of the Veterans Health Administration Comprehensive Cancer Centers. We are held to the high standards of the Commission of Cancer, established by the American College of Surgeons. First accredited in 1996, our cancer program continues to be accredited from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  We meet these standards by providing the latest technology and comprehensive cancer care that Veterans deserve. 

We receive referrals from the VA Illiana Health Care System and the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System to assist in providing comprehensive cancer care within the VISN. We also work collegially with the Indiana University Health Care System.

VA clinical trial examines optimal treatment for Veterans with early stage lung cancer

The Veterans Affairs Lung Cancer Surgery Or Stereotactic Radiotherapy clinical trial, sponsored by VA, is evaluating the effectiveness of two different types of treatment for lung cancer— surgery vs. targeted radiation therapy.As patients are screened and found to have lung cancer, qualified individuals are offered the chance to enroll in the study.

What are we doing to help you prevent cancer or identify it early? 

Screening and Diagnosis: from their primary care provider, each Veteran automatically receives screenings for various risk factors and pre-diagnostic workup. Ask your doctor about them. We screen for cancer risk factors such as:

• Alcohol
• Tobacco
• Obesity

We also encourage routine screening for cancers of:
• Cervix
• Breast
• Colon

How do we find cancer and how do we treat it?

Our diagnostic and treatment areas have the most up to date diagnostic equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  These areas include:

  • Radiology Imaging and Interventional Services: We are committed to providing cutting edge imaging and interventional services for our nation’s Veterans
  • Nuclear Medicine: Our department provides general nuclear medicine services to our nation's Veterans and is a leader in PET scan technology 
  • Gastrointestinal (GI Service): GI Oncology is a medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, liver and biliary system
  • Pulmonary Service: Pulmonary Oncology provides acute consultations from all services and performs acute and elective bronchoscopies for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  • Dermatology: Dermatology Oncology deals with the many medical and surgical conditions of the skin, hair and nails

What resources will I have to help me during my treatment planning and therapy?

Cancer treatment may take many forms depending on your type and extent of the cancer.  Various specialties may be consulted to ensure you receive the most up to date treatment according to national guidelines for comprehensive cancer care.  Our multidisciplinary conferences assist in determining the best approach to therapy for any type of cancer.  These disciplines include:

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Palliative Care

Nurse Navigators and Clinic Nurses are here to assist by guiding the Veteran through the diagnostic and treatment process within the medical center and across facilities. If you need assistance, please let your provider know. Other support services include: social work, nutrition, pastoral care, Hospice, Veterans House, national cancer resources.

Contact Info


  • Indianapolis VAMC
    Medical Oncology

Contact Number(s)

  • 317-988-2384

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.