Cancer Program

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 Medical Center also operates the Barren River Regional Cancer Center in Glasgow, Ky. in partnership with TJ Samson Community Hospital. 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 is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. 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 Registry is an essential component of The Medical Center's Cancer Program. Through the Cancer Registry, recorded information for each malignancy is maintained and is inclusive but not limited to: patient demographics, primary site, histology, stage of disease, treatment, recurrence, and follow-up data. The Registry provides annual lifetime follow-up of every patient diagnosed and/or treated for cancer at The Medical Center.

The Registry is staffed by three Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) and Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). Their responsibilities include casefinding, data collection on all reportable malignancies, specified hematopoietic diseases, and benign brain tumors that are diagnosed and/or treated at The Medical Center (analytic cases). All information obtained by the Registry is submitted continually to the Kentucky Cancer Registry and annually to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). This allows comparative analysis with other hospitals or databases. Data analysis for specific sites can be done to compare elements, such as site, demographics, histology, stage of disease, treatment modalities and survival to other published state, regional, or national data. This information provides the cancer program benchmarking opportunities to patterns of care and survival.

In 2012, the Cancer Registry accessioned 1,020 new cases. Of this number, 953 were analytic cases (cases diagnosed and/or received all or part of their first course treatment at The Medical Center) and 67 were non-analytic. The data base currently contains 17,799 cases. The Registry provides annual lifetime follow-up of every patient diagnosed and/or treated for cancer at The Medical Center.