Our oncology programs include:
- A comprehensive array of advanced, state-of-the-art cancer treatment services and diagnostic technology—including one of the regions' most advanced 64-slice CT scanners
- Multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available
- Surgical options and procedures provided by highly skilled, board certified surgeons
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support
- Chemotherapy administration by nationally certified oncology nurses
- Affiliates of UK Markey Cancer Center to provide radiation therapy close to home
- Cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
- Support groups for patients, families and caregivers
Kentucky has one of the highest rates of cancer in the nation, with the disease being one of the leading causes of death in the state. St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) continues to do its part in educating the public and lowering the cancer death rate in Northeastern Kentucky. In 2016, SCH joined an effort with the UK Markey Cancer Center to "Terminate Lung Cancer." The goal of Terminate Lung Cancer (TLC) is to increase education and access to screening and preventive measures, including tobacco cessation resources.
SCH's cancer prevention and education efforts, along with results from 2017:
Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation
Over the course of the year, 15 participants enrolled in SCH's smoking cessation class, with four of those completing the program.
Lung Cancer Symposium
SCH and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center held a symposium in September to further educate the public and medical community in our region about the effects of lung cancer and how to prevent it.
Rates of advanced (stage 4) lung cancer declined in SCH patients from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, 26 cases of stage 4 lung cancer were diagnosed. In 2016,19 stage 4 lung cancer cases were diagnosed.
Thoughts about screening or testing can be uncomfortable for some patients. Providing patients with more control in the process can often be encouraging when it comes to them being proactive and taking additional preventive measures to improve their health. In 2017, a newer, at-home screening for blood in the stool (a common symptom of colon cancer) was distributed to 191 participants. Of those, 55 were returned and 4 were sent on to have colonoscopies. No cancer diagnoses were issued.