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Cancer Liaison Physician Report - Community Comprehensive Cancer Center 2012 Annual Report

Camden Clark’s Community Comprehensive Cancer Center has been a leader in cancer care for more then 35 years. Our close collaboration with our referring physicians and cancer specialist and adherence to standards of clinical care results in exceptional treatment outcomes as seen in our five year cancer survival reports in the National Cancer Data Base. Accreditation of our cancer program, by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer attests to the excellent quality of our program.   

Through our formal affiliation with West Virginia University we are going to offer even more clinical trials for our cancer patients. Our weekly Tumor Board Conferences provide a forum for collaboration between community physicians, cancer specialists, radiologists, pathologists and resident physicians and also offer CME credits for participants.

A wide range of Radiation Oncology Services are available in the Cancer Center. Available treatment planning and radiation delivery options include 4-dimensional-CT-simulation, 3-dimensional External Beam Radiation Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Respiratory Gated Radiation Treatment Delivery, Prostate Seed Implant, HDR Brachytherapy, Mammosite breast HDR, injectable and oral radio-isotope therapy. In an effort to constantly upgrade our technology, a brand new ultrasound unit was purchased to use it for prostate seed implant procedures by the treating urologists and radiation oncologists.

To complement our thoracic surgery program Camden Clark Medical Center recently acquired the iLogic Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy System from superDimension® that will allow pulmonologist and surgeons to obtain lung biopsy from peripheral lung lesions or mediastinal lesions not otherwise accessible for bronchoscopic biopsy. Using the Navigation Bronchoscopy it is also possible to place fiducial markers directly in small lung tumors to aid in the localization and targeting of such tumors with Stereotactic Body Radio-Surgery.

The brand new Olympus Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Bronchoscopy (EBUS) System will make it possible to obtain targeted lymph node biopsy from lung cancer patients, while the new Esophageal Ultrasound System (EUS) will be used to stage esophageal cancer patients before their treatments start. The new RFA ablation system (Barrx) is also available now for the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus to reduce cancer incidence in this high risk patient population with GERD.

We welcome in our team Dr. Roman Petrov, cardiothoracic surgeon, who received his training in nations leading institution who brings to our community expertise in thoracic oncology.  Dr Petrov’s focus of interest includes lung, esophageal, mediastinal and chest wall tumors and Barrett’s esophagus. He employs newest advanced minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques like Navigational Bronchoscopy, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), RFA ablation of Barrett’s esophagus (Barrx), and video assisted thoracoscopic procedures (VATS). He also performs complex surgical operations for removal of esophageal and lung tumors and advanced reconstructions of the chest wall.

Understanding cancer biology is key to individualized cancer care. Biomarkers and Genomic Classifiers provide unique insight into the molecular profile of tumors and their proven clinical utility has changed our daily clinical practice. Prognostic Biomarkers help identify patients at higher risk who are more likely to benefit from additional treatment after surgery. Predictive Biomarkers help to select the best choice of targeted systemic treatment. They are available for our patients and are routinely utilized by our medical oncologists.

In the Comprehensive Cancer Facility a team of health care professionals, cancer nurse navigator, oncology certified nurses, radiation therapists, physicists and cancer specialist physicians provide a wide range of services including cancer prevention, screening, counseling and cutting edge cancer treatments. Outpatient infusion and transfusion services are delivered in the Ambulatory Infusion Center in a comfortable setting. Access to Digital Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy in the Womens Center reduces the time from diagnoses to treatment. The Cancer Outreach Center has a private area for wig, prosthetic, and breast cancer apparel viewing. Services of a beautician, a cosmetologist, and a massage therapist is also available for our patients. Additional informational and educational materials are available in the Cancer Resource Center though our affiliation with American Cancer Society.

In summary, the administration of Camden-Clark Community Comprehensive Cancer Center made great strides in 2012 expanding the menu of the available cancer care services. With a combination of an expert oncology team, the availability of advanced diagnostic and treatment options in a patient friendly environment CCMC continues to be a premier cancer center.

Gabor Altdorfer, MD                        
Radiation Oncologist
Physician Liaison
Cancer Committee

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