First Class Cancer Care

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2009

First Class Cancer Care

Education and Support for Patients and Families
Meet others who truly understand.
•    The Breast Cancer Support Group is open to women ?who have been diagnosed with breast, ovarian or ?cervical cancer.
•    A Caregiver Support Group is available for spouses, siblings, children, parents or friends of cancer patients.
•    “I Can Cope,” an educational support group, offers practical information about cancer and treatment and is open to all.
To learn more about these groups, call Joy Allen, MMT, MT-BC, at?(843) 847-4134.
Each cancer diagnosis affects many lives. Patients and those close to them can trust Trident Cancer Center’s medical team to provide excellent care and reliable support resources.
rident Cancer Center provides full-spectrum, comprehensive services that are raising the bar for cancer care in our community. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, our program includes diagnosis, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, in-hospital and outpatient care and additional medical services to support the physical and emotional needs of those touched by this disease. In addition, our participation in the national tumor registry illustrates the value we place on meeting standards of care.
At Trident Cancer Center, a multidisciplinary group of physician specialists consult about the most effective methods of cancer treatment.
“Beyond providing radiation therapy, for example, radiation oncologists work closely with medical oncologists who send patients to our infusion suite to receive chemotherapy or blood products, as well as with others on the team who supervise cancer treatment activities,” explains William Collins, MD, radiation oncologist at Trident Cancer Center. “Our efforts are directed toward specific goals established by our cancer committee and involve consultations among tumor board members. We are outcome-driven, meaning we employ the best proven practices to help each patient in our care.”
Multidisciplinary Efforts
Weekly conferences take place at Trident Cancer Center involving physicians from multiple disciplines who discuss challenging cases and make treatment recommendations. Additional team members participate in the cancer committee meetings—nurses, chaplains and music therapists, just to name a few. Any healthcare professional with an interest in cancer care is invited to attend.
“The aim of our meetings is to improve patient care,” says Margaret MacDowell, MD, radiation oncologist at Trident Cancer Center. “Our process is one of making continual improvements to take even better care of our patients.”
Visit tridenthealthsystem.com to view the Trident Cancer Center Annual Report. For a physician referral, call Trident HealthFinders at (843) 797-FIND (3463).
Visit our Web site at tridenthealthsystem.com for a complete schedule of events.  For more information and to register for any event, please call (843) 797-FIND (3463).

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