Advanced Cancer Care Close to Home

Cancer Centers

The Medical Center provides Southcentral Kentucky with the most comprehensive cancer program, including an on-site radiation treatment center with the most advanced technology, as well as chemotherapy and surgical services. The hospital offers an extensive range of health and wellness programs for the community, focused on increasing awareness of the importance of prevention, early detection, and treatment options.

The Medical Center also operates the Barren River Regional Cancer Center in Glasgow in partnership with TJ Samson Community Hospital.

UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network

The Medical Center at Bowling Green and TJ Samson Community Hospital are affiliated with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, through the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network. The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region, and to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care, and access to research.

As members of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, The Medical Center Cancer Center and Barren River Regional Cancer Center are able to offer patients access to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians and care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay in our region for most treatments.

Accreditation

The Medical Center has maintained accreditation as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons since 2004. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:
      • comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
      • a multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
      • information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
      • access to cancer-related information, education, and support
      • a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow up
      • ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
      • quality care close to home

Tumor Conferences

A multispecialty team approach is best demonstrated by weekly Tumor Conferences. The conferences allow for recently diagnosed cancer cases to be discussed with Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, and other medical specialties. Attendees offer advice on treatment or further diagnostic studies after determining the stage of the disease. Treatment recommendations utilizing national treatment guidelines are also reviewed.

Cancer Registry

The Cancer/Tumor Registry is an indispensable contributor to cancer research and outcome measurement. Cancer Registries are mandated by the National Cancer Act of 1971. Cancer Registry data are used for analyzing patterns, effectiveness and quality of care, survival and outcome related to studies, devising early detection/screening programs, and can help leadership in making informed decisions for hospital expansion, resource allocation and other business purposes.

Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs) are cancer data specialists who are trained and certified to collect cancer data at the local hospital level and at state levels. They collect and analyze cancer information on each patient diagnosed and/or treated at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, The Medical Center at Scottsville, or Barren River Regional Cancer Center. As an accredited Commission on Cancer (CoC) facility, our Cancer Registrars capture a complete summary of each cancer case from diagnosis through treatment and to post-treatment follow-up. All information is maintained in an electronic database (CPDMS - Cancer Patient Data Management System). This information is reported to the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) and the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).

The Cancer Registry is staffed by three Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR)/Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). They are members of the National Cancer Registrars Association and American Health Information Management Association. The registry staff participates in ongoing cancer related education at the local, state, and national levels to maintain abstracting and staging skills and to maintain credentials in their field. Their responsibilities include casefinding, data collection on all reportable malignancies, specified hematopoietic diseases and benign brain tumors, maintaining patient follow-up rates, and organizing the weekly Cancer Conferences and quarterly Cancer Committee meetings.

Since the beginning of the Cancer Registry in 1988, 20,520 patients have been registered, with 11,364 reference patients since 2005. In 2016, 908 new analytic cases were added to the registry. Analytic cases are those diagnosed and/or treated at The Medical Center for the patient’s first course of treatment. Only analytic cases are used for statistical analysis and reporting. The top five sites in 2016 were: trachea; bronchus, lung – non-small cell; breast, female and male; prostate; colon; trachea, bronchus, lung – small cell.