St. Claire HealthCare offers a comprehensive, nationally-accredited oncology program with healthcare providers who deliver expert care and compassion close to home. You will receive a multi-specialty team approach to your personalized care at every stage of your treatment and recovery, including:
- An array of advanced cancer treatment services, diagnostic technology, and cancer-related education and support.
- Surgical options and procedures provided by highly-skilled, board-certified surgeons
- Access to some of today’s most advanced treatments close to home through our partnership with the UK Markey Cancer Center
- Chemotherapy administration by nationally-certified oncology nurses
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- 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 2019:
As an active member of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network and the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), St. Claire HealthCare is experienced in conducting clinical research, including collaborative investigator-initiated trials with the Markey Cancer Center and National Cancer Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). The St. Claire HealthCare study portfolio includes therapeutic, interventional, and non-interventional studies selected based on feasibility to serve our patient population and research interests. Our strong relationship with Markey has led to the enrollment of more than 165 patients from seven surrounding counties in 24 different cancer clinical studies. We at St. Claire believe that it is important that our patients have access to cutting edge care through clinical trials to benefit their treatment but also so that our community has a voice in the future of cancer care. In 2019 St. Claire offered five National Clinical Trials to our Oncology patients. These trials addressed recurrence prevention, genetic testing, expanding treatment options, and preventing nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy treatment.
Lung cancer is a significant health problem in the United States for both its high incidence and high mortality rates. While cancer is the second leading cause of all deaths behind heart disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from any cancer, with more people dying from lung cancer than from colon, breast, or prostate cancer combined. Kentucky regrettably leads the nation in lung cancer incidence and mortality rates, and lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for both men and women in Kentucky. This is very likely due to one of the nation’s leading rates (24.5%) of adult smoking among Kentuckians but Kentuckians also encounter a number of additional lung cancer risks that contribute to the overall lung cancer burden, including radon exposure, second-hand smoke, and other occupational and environmental exposures.
Lung Cancer Screening - Kentucky LEADS: Implementation of Quality Lung Cancer Screening
In 2011, results of the National Lung Screening Study demonstrated that individuals at high risk for lung cancer who received annual low-dose computed tomography as opposed to annual chest X-rays experienced a 20% relative reduction in lung cancer mortality and nearly a 7% reduction in all-cause mortality. With regard to defining eligibility, the USPSTF recommended screening among individuals from age 55 through 80 who have a history of at least 30 pack years of smoking and who have not quit smoking within the last 15 years. St. Claire has been working to implement these lung cancer screening recommendations since 2015 when the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services began supporting and covering the screening. In 2019 St. Claire joined the “Kentucky LEADS: Implementation of Quality Lung Cancer Screening” study which facilitates lung cancer care by assisting lung cancer screening programs in implementing best practices in lung cancer screening. In the first six months of participation in this study St. Claire conducted 125 lung cancer screenings with 33% being baseline scans and 67% annual screenings.
Speak with your primary care physician about lung cancer screening if you or a loved one fit the criteria below:
- 55-80 years old
- Current smoker or quit less than 15 years ago
- Smoking history of at least 30 pack years
- Ex. 1 pack a day x 30 years = 30 pack years
- Ex. 1.5 packs a day x 20 years = 30 pack years
In 2019 St. Claire HealthCare collaborated with the Gateway District Health Department and Quit Now Kentucky to offer various forms of tobacco cessation to our patients to make quitting easier than ever. See below for the full menu of cessation options offered to our patients and community members.
Group Cessation Classes
American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking - If you’re ready to quit, Freedom From Smoking can offer you a clear process to quit for good. During each session, activities and assignments will provide you with skill and techniques to support quitting. Because most people already know that smoking is bad for their health, the program focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit. Because no single quit-smoking method is effective for all tobacco users, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based, proven-effective cessation techniques. This program provides free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and is offered in-person as well as web-based on any smart device. St. Claire in collaboration with the Gateway District Health Department offer four classes a year, call 606.783.6470 for more information and to sign up for the next class now.
Phone Based Counseling
Quit Now Kentucky - Kentuckians who want to stop using tobacco or are concerned about a family member or friend’s tobacco use can call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8 am to 1 am EST Monday through Sunday or log on to www.QuitNowKentucky.org for resources to prepare to quit. Quit Now Kentucky features proactive telephone coaching, web-based services, and text messaging. All cessation services are offered in English or Spanish at the point of contact.
Online Support Group
Quit Tobacco With St. Claire - This group is open to individuals who are thinking about quitting but aren’t sure they’re ready yet, those who are ready to quit, former smokers, loved ones of smokers and ANYONE who wants to know more about how to quit and stay quit. Simply request to join St. Claire’s online tobacco quitters support group at www.facebook.com/groups/quittobaccowithSCH.
St. Claire HealthCare held a Prevention activity on April 17 at the Olive Hill Wesleyan Youth group meeting, entitled ”Body +Soul” One Body. One Soul. Make it Count. The Outreach director addressed wellness throughout life by keeping your body in shape as a spiritual discipline and remembering our body is a gift. The group was educated on screening and check-ups and choosing wisely when selecting meals and drinks. Discussion on habits of any kind and how they impact life and health forever.
St. Claire participated in “piloting” the Talking Fit Kit at our Colon Cancer Symposium as part of our Screening activity for 2019. The event was held at the Morehead Conference Center with six kits being distributed with four negative and two positive. The one positive obtained a colonoscopy resulting in removal of polyps.