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Medical oncology is the specialty devoted to the care of people with cancer. This includes prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of people who are at risk or have experienced cancer.

Hematology is the specialty devoted to the care of people with blood diseases and cancers.

Oncologists/hematologists Dr. Amy E. Hughes and Dr. Roy Molina are visiting specialists from Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates of Iowa who care for patients at the Knoxville Clinic. See the Monthly Specialists Calendar for their patient schedules.


Oncology Services

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics provides care and support through your cancer journey. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address each cancer patient’s individual and unique needs, from prevention, early detection and treatment, through survivorship. In addition to general patient care, staff may provide patient education and prevention, nutrition services, laboratory services, imaging services, pathophysiology, diagnostic and treatment methods, infusion therapy, multidisciplinary, emotional and spiritual counseling for patients and families.

KHC’s medical staff work closely with visiting oncologists/hematologists Amy E. Hughes, DO, and Roy Molina, MD, in delivering patient care.


Hematology Services

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics provides multidisciplinary, compassionate care for patients with a variety of cancers that develop in bone marrow, blood and lymph nodes, including leukemia, lymphoma, pre-leukemia and multiple myeloma. Patients with benign (noncancerous) blood disorders such as anemia, coagulation and thrombotic disorders, including hemophilia and deep vein thrombosis are also treated by hematology services.

KHC’s medical staff work closely with visiting oncologists/hematologists Amy E. Hughes, DO, and Roy Molina, MD, in delivering patient care.


Cancer Screenings

KHC also offers screening tests to help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure. By the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have grown and spread. This can make the cancer more difficult to treat or cure.

It is important to remember that when your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not necessarily mean he or she thinks you have cancer. Screening tests are done when you have no cancer symptoms. There are different kinds of screening tests: physical exam, laboratory, imaging, and genetic.

Common screenings include:

  • Mammography (This method to screen for breast cancer has been shown to reduce mortality from the disease among women ages 40 to 74, especially those age 50 or older.)
  • Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing (These tests reduce the incidence of cervical cancer because they allow abnormal cells to be identified and treated before they become cancer.)
  • Colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and high-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (These test have been shown to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer.)
  • Low-dose helical computed tomography (this test to screen for lung cancer has been shown to reduce lung cancer among heavy smokers ages 55 to 74.)
  • Skin exams (Doctors may recommend people who are at risk for skin cancer examine their skin regularly or have a healthcare provider perform a skin cancer screening.)

 


 

Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes, DO, is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine; and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Dr. Hughes graduated magna cum laude from Albion College with a degree in psychology. She received her medical training at Des Moines University, followed by an internal medicine residency at Iowa Health Systems in Des Moines and a fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. She joined Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates of Iowa in 2012.

Dr. Hughes is a member of the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Christian Medical and Dental Association

To make an appointment to see Dr. Hughes in Knoxville, call 515-223-6605.

 


Dr Roy MolinaRoy Molina, MD, grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. After training in Texas and Kansas, he practiced in Columbia, Missouri, then moved to Des Moines in 1990. Dr. Molina joined Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates of Iowa in 2000.

Dr. Molina trained at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he completed internship and residency. He completed his fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Molina has double board certifications in internal medicine and medical oncology.

Dr. Molina has a longstanding interest in quality of care. He is the chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee and chairs The Practice Guidelines Committee for Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates of Iowa. The committee monitors compliance and quality of care for the group. The group is very proud of their care, achieving among the highest quality of care in the country, when measured against national guidelines.

Dr. Molina is married and three grown children. He likes to play the piano, grow orchids and garden.

To make an appointment to see Dr. Molina in Knoxville, call 515-223-6605.