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2017 Cancer Care Report Highlights Oncology Milestones
Jan 3, 2018 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently released the 2017 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 the addition of three new physicians who will provide specialized cancer care, including plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Ginard Henry, MD; radiation oncologist, Peter Paximadis, MD; and neurosurgeon, Rafeek Woods, MD.

In addition, Lakeland introduced the ZEISS INTRABEAM® Intraoperative Radiation (IORT) therapy system for breast cancer patients which delivers a targeted single-dose of radiation to the site of the tumor after a lumpectomy. Shortly after introducing this new technique in radiation treatment, Lakeland Health was asked to participate in two clinical trials which will potentially expand this treatment option to patients of all ages who are both high and low risk. Since December 2016, 31 patients have received IORT therapy; 52 weeks of radiation therapy and over $1,000,000 in costs to patients have been saved.

In an effort to target cancer education toward African American women, Lakeland partnered with Strong Women of Faith, a local, community-based support group to train members on the importance of breast health. As a result, 157 mammograms were performed on African-American women, including 44 first time mammograms. Four cases of breast cancer were diagnosed. 

In 2016, 926 total cancer cases were treated at Lakeland Health and added to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). Of these patients:

  • Four most common cancer sites: lung, female breast, prostate, and colorectal
  • Gender distribution: 52.92 percent were female and 47.08 percent were male
  • Age distribution: 71.14 percent were 60 years and older, 26.81 percent were between the ages of 30 and 59, and 2.05 percent were 29 years or younger

For more information or to read the full report, visit