Cancer Committee Goals 2016

State-of-the-art Technology at HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Much of the evaluation and planning sessions in 2015 were structured around developing goals for this program. These goals provide direction for the program and focus our efforts towards meeting the needs of the cancer patients we serve. Each year the committee selects one clinical goal and one program goal.

Clinical Goal

The clinical goal involves aspects of care such as diagnosis, treatment, and offered services. Our 2016 Clinical Goal is to Improve Early Detection of Lung Cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent cancer types in our community and it is also the most deadly. More than 70% of our cases are diagnosed in the later stages of the disease. This leaves little time for effective, if any treatment.
Low Dose CT Scans
A new radiology procedure, Low Dose CT scans became available at St. Elizabeth’s hospital last year. This gives us the ability to impact the early diagnosis of lung cancer. Physician use includes:

Risk Factors:
  • 55 to 74 years old who have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Current smoker
  • Have quit smoking in the last 15 years and are in relatively good health

Health exclusions for low Dose CT Scan:
  • Life-limiting comorbid conditions
  • Metallic implants or devices in chest or back
  • Use of home oxygen supplementation
  • Treated for pneumonia in the last 3 months
  • Recent history of coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
  • Unexpected weight loss in the last year
  • CT scan pf the chest in the past 12 months

If you feel you have one or more of the of the above risk factors, and would like to schedule a Low Dose CT scan, you must first discuss your concerns with your physician. A physician's order is required.

Program Goal

The program goal is directed towards the scope or type of services offered. This may be directly related to a specific practice technique or the coordination of a certain program. Our 2016 Program Goal is to Provide oncology patients’ access to current surgical interventions via a robotic surgical device. St. Elizabeth’s began planning to purchase a da Vinci Xi robot in July of 2015.
da Vinci Xi robot
The da Vinci Xi robot allows the surgeon to operate through tiny ports or windows into the body. This helps the surgeon see in 3D HD.

The da Vinci Xi robot was delivered in January, 2016 and our surgeons are steadily increasing its use. We hope that this device provides our oncology patients with an option for minimally invasive surgical procedures.