Oncology (Cancer) Services

Welcome to the HMH Oncology Clinic

Your cancer treatment journey begins here. Despite receiving treatment at the local level close to home, rest assured you’re in the hands of specially certified nurses and oncologists.

Harrison Memorial Hospital offers a weekly oncology clinic located in the HMH Physician Building, Suite 1C. Our clinic is staffed by Dr. Philip DeSimone, an experienced oncologist who practices at both HMH and University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. He is joined by Mary Phillips, APRN, an oncology nurse practitioner who sees patients at both HMH and UK Markey Cancer Center. As a patient at Harrison Memorial Hospital, you receive the benefit of having seamless continuity of care should your treatment require more advanced medicine at Markey Cancer Center.


Dr. Philip DeSimone
DeSimone has more than 40 years of experience as a physician treating cancer patients. He earned a bachelors degree from University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, and then earned his medical degree from University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. DeSimone completed both an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY. He then completed a fellowship in Hematology at UK in 1973. He is certified by both the American Board of Hematology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Mary Phillips, APRN
Phillips graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing with a master of science degree in nursing. She is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with more than 17 years of experience as a competent, compassionate advanced practice provider in a variety of adult patient care settings. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience.


Harrison Memorial Hospital is a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network. So what does that mean for you as the patient? This Network provides many of the benefits of oncology diagnosis, treatment and research at the local level. Our vision is for all Kentuckians to have access to quality cancer care regardless of where they live in the region. By offering advanced treatment and support services to all Kentuckians, and doing so with compassion and respect, we make patients and their families a priority when they are faced with the difficult diagnosis of cancer.

The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network has a goal to deliver advanced cancer care to smaller communities throughout the state, providing convenience for the patient. However, there are times when treatment is needed beyond the capacity of community hospitals like Harrison Memorial Hospital. That’s when HMH patients will continue to receive high-quality care in Lexington at UK Markey Cancer Center. The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network can assist in a smooth transition from HMH to UK Markey Cancer Center and back home again.


The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network provides cancer-specific education and training for community doctors, nurses and staff to ensure the most up-to-date cancer information is available
to providers.

  • Network hospitals, like HMH, gain access to specialized programs that may not be available in other small communities, such as genetic counseling and fertility preservation.
  • Harrison Memorial Hospital is currently pursuing accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), which recognizes hospitals for high-quality, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary cancer care. UK Markey Cancer Center is supporting our efforts.
  • You, as a patient, have access to the most up-to-date treatments right here at home, minimizing travel outside your local area.
  • Your family members have access to as many resources as possible locally, so they can focus their energy on supporting you. Treatment provided locally means your family members spend less time traveling and more time supporting you.
  • Specialists at UK Markey Cancer Center work with local hospitals, like HMH, primary care physicians and referring physicians to coordinate your care – before, during and after treatment.

Together, we host local cancer prevention and education activities, such as health fairs and cancer screening programs.


Harrison Memorial Hospital offers chemotherapy services and cancer care services right here in Cynthiana, KY. Our chemotherapy suite is located within the HMH Outpatient Services Department on the first floor of the hospital. We offer six chemotherapy bays, furnished with recliners and flat-screen televisions. We offer one private room as well. Chemotherapy treatments are available Monday through Friday.

Medical oncologists from UK Markey Cancer Center are available weekly to answer any questions you may have and to monitor your treatment. Our HMH nurses who work in our chemotherapy suite are specially trained in chemotherapy administration and are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). These nurses have extensive knowledge and experience in caring for cancer patients. Their job is to administer treatment and to assist you in every step of the way toward recovery.


An important component of advancing cancer treatment and care is the information that is gathered during clinical trials. A great benefit of our partnership in the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network is that we offer the opportunity for our patients to participate in clinical trials. These trials sometimes have investigational treatments which can be offered locally to patients like you in the comfort and convenience of the UK Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, KY, through a referral from your physician.

To learn more about clinical trials currently being conducted, visit the websites listed below. Ask your physician whether you might be a suitable candidate for participation in any of these clinical trials.