Cancer Program Annual Report 2012

FEATURE: A Closer Look at Breast Cancer

Author: Amber Hurt, M.D., FACS, General Surgeon

Education on breast cancer is a priority that will improve our efforts to bring awareness to the disease and ultimately save lives. Improving quality of life for many men and women diagnosed with earlier stages can also be achieved by increasing awareness as cancers may be found earlier.

Based on data from 2007-2009, one in eight (12.38%) of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lifetime. It is the most common cancer in women worldwide. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010 (most recent data available).

In 2013, among U.S. women there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer. This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of the original breast cancer among survivors. In addition to invasive cancers, there will be 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer. In situ carcinomas include ductal and lobular types. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive breast cancer and lobular carcinoma in situ is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Of the new cases of in situ breast cancer, 85% are DCIS. Unfortunately an estimated 39,620 breast cancer deaths will occur in 2013.

Among men, breast cancer is rare, but it does happen. In 2013, it is estimated that among men in the U.S. there will be 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 410 breast cancer deaths. It is these deaths that we are trying to reduce by earlier detection.

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BrainLab - Stereotactic Radiosurgery

In January 2012, the Radiation Oncology Department began operating the BrainLab stereotactic radiosurgery system to provide high dose radiosurgery treatment for benign and malignant tumors of the spine and brain.

Dietitian for Radiation Oncology

In January 2012, the Radiation Oncology department hired a Registered Dietitian for patients undergoing radiation therapy. The dietitian provides patients with counseling and guidance on good nutrition, healthy eating, and weight maintenance. The dietitian consults all patients at the beginning of their radiation therapy course and monitors their nutritional status throughout their course of treatment. The addition of a Registered Dietitian has made a significant enhancement to the team approach concept of cancer care in Radiation Oncology.

New Generation PET/CT Scanner

In April 2012, The Medical Center installed the Siemens' Biograph mcT20 PET/CT scanner for its biological and molecular imaging. The Biograph high definition scanner offers "Time-of Flight" technology which has shown to improve cancer detection through exceptional image quality.


Physician Reviewer:
Peter Hardin, M.D.,
Radiation Oncologist

Quality Outcome Study using Cancer Registry Data

The Medical Center is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of cancer care we provide. Each year The Medical Center performs a quality study. In 2012, the treatment of prostate cancer at The Medical Center was reviewed and compared to the State of Kentucky as well as the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) benchmark reports. The data was based on 2010 prostate cancer cases.

quality outcome study initial stage chart quality outcome study treatment chart

Of the patients receiving radiation at The Medical Center, 66% received external beam radiation and 33% received brachytherapy. On the surgical side, 88.5% of patients underwent da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery, 2% had an open prostatectomy and 9.6% had transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

These numbers are consistent with a cancer program that has a da Vinci robot and a radiation brachytherapy program.


The Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Center for Southern Kentucky
250 Park Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

(270) 781-7178 or 1-800-745-1213
Cancer Registry (270) 745-1288

Barren River Regional Cancer Center
103 Trista Lane
Glasgow, KY 42141

(270) 651-2478 or 1-877-573-0050