A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

June 20, 2024

A man talking with his doctorWhen you face a cancer diagnosis, you need physical, emotional and spiritual care. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center offers a wide range of services, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and recovery. You don’t have to do this alone.

At St. Mary’s Cancer Center, we offer personalized treatment plans for many types of cancers that include:

  • A compassionate, multidisciplinary healthcare team
  • Diagnosis and consultation
  • Medical oncology/hematology services
  • Outpatient oncology therapy
  • Infusion
  • Transfusion
  • Chemotherapy
  • Bone marrow biopsy

Our Outpatient Infusion Center is a comfortable, calming space that offers a healing environment for patients. Amenities include a resource center, cancer boutique with wigs and light refreshments during therapy.

Prostate cancer

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society®, approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

An annual digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test are the best ways to detect the disease early. The PSA is a simple blood test that takes a few minutes and can save lives. Men with no family history of prostate cancer should begin screening at age 50. Those with a family history should begin earlier, at age 40.

The St. Mary’s Cancer Center offers PSA tests year-round. Talk to your doctor about when a test is right for you.

Breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the ACS, approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Regular self-exams and an annual screening mammogram are recommended to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Women should begin breast self-exams by the age of 20 and they should perform the exams monthly. Talk to your primary care provider (PCP) to learn how to perform self-exams and when they are right for you.

Starting between the ages of 40 and 50, women should be screened annually for breast cancer. St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging offers 2D and 3D Mammography, as well as automated breast ultrasound (ABUS).

SOURCE: American Cancer Society®