2016 Cancer Care Report Highlights Oncology Milestones
Mar 22, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently released the 2016 Cancer Care Report from the Marie Yeager Cancer Center which outlines data collected to create more meaningful improvements for cancer diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and support.

The report highlights Lakeland’s three-year accreditation in radiation oncology as a result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), representing the highest level of quality and patient safety. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) also granted three-year accreditation with commendation to the Marie Yeager Cancer Center.

In addition, Lakeland Health became the first in the region (west Michigan and northern Indiana) to begin providing radiotherapy using the ZEISS INTRABEAM intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) system – a new treatment option for women with early-stage breast cancer. This innovative therapy is administered at the time of lumpectomy, following tumor removal, and may eliminate the need for additional radiation treatment.

The report illustrates numerous local statistics pulled from 914 total cancer cases that were added to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). The 2016 report features data collected in 2015 including:

  • Four most common cancer cases treated: female breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal
  • Gender breakdown of patients: 54.16 percent were female and 45.84 percent were male
  • Age breakdown of patients: 68.2 percent of patients were 60 years and older, 28.34 percent were between the ages of 30 and 59, and 2.84 percent were 29 years or younger
For more information or to read the full report, visit www.lakelandhealth.org/cancer       

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