2008 Cancer Program Chairman’s Report

The mission of the Parrish Medical Center Cancer Program is to provide the highest quality, comprehensive cancer care for the patients in our community. Our American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation testifies to the dedication of the members of the cancer committee, hospital staff, and medical staff. Our affiliation with Moffitt Cancer Center facilitates monthly interactive, live specialty tumor boards as well as quarterly grand rounds presentations at Parrish Medical Center.

This year we were awarded the Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Breast Health. We have implemented digital technology for all screening and diagnostic mammograms. A certified breast health navigator is available to assist all patients if they have any questions regarding breast health or their mammogram findings. The navigator has received advanced specialized education in breast health care and focuses on process improvement for the patient. Patients are offered a “dress rehearsal” premastectomy. This can decrease anxiety while increasing knowledge regarding the scheduled surgery and postoperative care. This effort facilitates prompt followup and evaluation as clinically indicated. The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Palliative Care was also awarded in 2008 as well as the Jean Byers Award for Excellence in Cancer Registry Services. Another advance in cancer screening available at Parrish Medical Center is the utilization of Immunohistochemical fecal occult blood testing (IFOBT). This enhances screening for early detection of colon cancer.

The partnership between Parrish Medical Center and the American Cancer Society offers support groups such as the Man To Man prostate cancer support group, collaboration on Relay For Life, cancer screening and education initiatives, as well as provided Parrish Medical Center an educational grant to develop and implement outreach educational sessions for underserved, at risk populations. A new outreach initiative was the Survivor’s Boot Camp. The cancer program collaborated with Parrish Health and Fitness, focusing on general well being and quality of life after cancer therapy. We also continued the Men’s Health Summit which provides prostate cancer screening, as well as a breast health event.

The oncology nurses have all achieved chemotherapy administration certification as well as education to provide a holistic, comprehensive approach to cancer care. This benefits patients and caregivers who are hospitalized on the oncology unit. Cancer education is a year-round activity. We have monthly oncology educational presentations which include quarterly Moffitt Grand Rounds. Additionally, there are two tumor boards held a month, one at which all types of cancer patients are presented and discussed, and the second is the disease-specific life videoconference with Moffitt Cancer Center faculty and Parrish Medical Center staff.

The members of the cancer committee are very proud of the success that the cancer program has achieved over two decades. We will continue to improve and advance the care and services that cancer patients and their families receive.

Respectfully submitted,
Richard M. Levine, MS, MD

View the 2008 PMC Cancer Program Annual Report