Beebe's Tunnell Cancer Center
Healing minds, bodies, and spirits every day
Life is filled with twists and turns. Some, like a cancer diagnosis, are more challenging than others, and that's when a positive attitude and the support of family and friends are more important than ever. Here at the Tunnell Cancer Center, we think of all our patients as members of the family — and a big family it is! We have seen literally thousands of patients come through our doors, and many remain our dear friends to this day. That's because a high percentage of cancer patients recover from their disease and lead active lives. More than ever, medical science offers treatments and therapies that can help you triumph over cancer.
Keni-Joy enjoys sharing a love for Corvettes with oncology nurse Lori Koyanagi, RN, OCN. A bond between the two women was formed while Keni-Joy was being treated at Tunnell Cancer Center.
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The Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center's mission is to provide both hope and cure. From diagnosis through treatment and beyond, the patients at the Tunnell Cancer Center are never alone. Patients, nurses, and staff are there to listen, support, and encourage.
Located at 18947 John J. Williams Highway in Rehoboth Beach, the Tunnell Cancer Center is part of Beebe Medical Center.
Tunnell Cancer Center Is Nationally Recognized for Quality
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center. We have consistently received the Certificate of Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer. This is the third time the center has also received a Commendation as part of the Accreditation.
The center is designed in a spacious, bright fashion. Families have large, comfortable waiting rooms where physicians and nurses can teach, answer questions, and help solve problems. Patients brimming with concerns about their disease and treatments will find hope and the answers to their questions.
The staff at Tunnell Cancer Center is dedicated to addressing all of our patients' medical and emotional needs, and our goal is for our patients to eventually return to their normal lifestyles. We work closely with other doctors who are involved in our patients' treatment. We keep in touch with referring physicians on a regular basis, keeping them informed of patient progress with complete reports of findings and recommendations of treatment.
Meet our practitioners. >
While facing cancer is certainly a life-changing experience, we strive to support you in every way we can, so you can maintain the optimistic attitude and good emotional health that play a vital role in the effectiveness of treatment.
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A "One-Stop" Setting
The Tunnell Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer care services. With a dedicated staff close at hand, the center provides the most modern diagnostic and treatment technologies.
Consulations are an essential part of our approach. Here, family members may join patients and oncologists in understanding a diagnosis and the plans for treatment.
Treatment planning at the center is a complex process. Developing a patient's total plan for treatment requires precise interpretation of all diagnostic studies, plus a thorough evaluation of all clinical findings through diagnostic exams such as mammography, CT scans, MRI, diagnostic X-rays, endoscopy, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine.
Cancer treatments depend upon the type of cancer, the location of the cancer, whether it has spread, and the overall health of the patient. Data is fed by a dosimetrist into a sophisticated computer that composes a tailored treatment plan—assuring maximum benefits from the resulting daily treatments.
Radiation therapy is the careful use of a linear accelerator to emmit high-energy X-rays, electrons, and other sources of radiation. It may be used in combination with chemotherapy
to shrink a tumor and cure a cancer. It is painless and often
a possible alternative to surgery.
Chemotherapy (the use of medications in the treatment
of cancer), a highly individualized cancer treatment, can be administered in combination with radiation and/or surgery. Special drugs can destroy cancer cells, cure cancer, halt the spread of cancer or slow its growth, and help to relieve symptoms.
Many surgeons at Beebe Medical Center perform surgery to remove tumors. Surgeons work closely with other physicians involved in a patient's care to help ensure the best possible outcome.
Certified by the Association of Community Cancer Centers, the Tunnell Cancer Center meets the standards of the Association and is recognized as an active member in good standing with full rights and privileges. The center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
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A Standard of Care
As a person diagnosed with cancer, you should expect to have:
- Satisfying communication with doctors, nurses, and others treating your cancer
- Doctors, nurses, and others treating your cancer, ask you about your needs for information and emotional and social support
- A healthcare person or team who works with you to develop and carry out a plan that:
- Links you to the information and support that you need
- Coordinates your medical, emotional, and social care
- Helps you to manage your illness, treatments, and health
If your doctors, nurses, or others who treat your cancer do not provide this type of care, please ask for it.
— National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Contact us for more information:
- Tunnell Cancer Center
18947 John J. Williams Highway (Route 24)
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971
Tunnell Cancer Center, during office hours: 302-645-3770
After hours: 302-856-0641
Medical Oncology: 302-645-3770
Radiation Oncology: 302-645-3775
Clinical Trials: 302-645-3770 x2635
Community Education: 302-645-3263
Integrative Health Programs: 302-645-3528
Screening Programs: 302-645-3171
Support Groups: 302-645-3770 x3769
Triage: 302-645-3770 x2611