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 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.

Accreditation

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 a required and essential element of the Cancer Program at The Medical Center of Bowling Green. It provides collection and analysis of cancer information on each patient diagnosed and/or treated at The Medical Center, The Medical Center at Scottsville, or the Barren River Regional Cancer Center. As an accredited Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons 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 and the National Cancer Data Base. The data collected by the Cancer Registry supports the cancer program development, quality improvement initiatives, outcomes analysis and cancer research.

The Cancer Registry has three staff members who are Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) and 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 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.

In 2014, 980 new cases were added to the registry, with 950 of those being analytic cases (diagnosed and/or treated at The Medical Center for the patient’s first course of treatment). Nonanalytic cases (receiving first course of treatment at other facilities and receiving subsequent treatment at The Medical Center) account for the remaining 30 cases. Only analytic cases are used for statistical analysis and reporting. The top five sites in 2014 were non-small cell lung, breast, prostate, small cell lung and colon.