Lake Regional Health System has published “Lake Regional Cancer Services: 2018 Annual Report.” This report compares the results of Lake Regional cancer treatment practices to national standards developed by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. It also summarizes 2018 achievements and community outreach.
“At Lake Regional Health System, it is our honor to care for people with cancer,” said Lake Regional Oncologist and Cancer Committee Chair Michael Wang, M.D. “We strive to provide the best care to every patient, and we are proud of the advances we have made this past year to continually deliver better patient outcomes and experiences.”
Lake Regional expanded its cancer services in 2018 by investing in technology and recruiting additional physicians and surgeons. For example, Lake Regional welcomed Urologist Eric McQueary, D.O., and installed the da Vinci X robotic surgery system, which Dr. McQueary uses to perform minimally invasive procedures for prostate and kidney cancers. Lake Regional also welcomed Maggi Coplin, M.D., an oncologist whose training includes a fellowship in integrative medicine and whose career has focused largely on breast cancer. Also in 2018, Lake Regional Imaging Center began offering 3-D mammograms for improved breast cancer screening.
The report includes charts indicating treatment performance for cancers diagnosed between 2013 and 2016. The charts show Lake Regional is outpacing state and national performance by Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer centers for certain metrics related to colon, breast and lung cancer treatments.
Also reported are the Top 5 sites of new cancer cases diagnosed at Lake Regional in 2017: 1) breast, 2) lung, 3) skin, 4) prostate and 5) colorectal.
The report will be mailed with Lake Regional’s Spring 2019 Thrive magazine, delivered to homes throughout the lake area in early March. In addition, the report is available for download at lakeregional.com/reports. Plus, it will be handed out at Lake Regional’s Cancer Services Open House, scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Attendees of this free event will enjoy refreshments, meet new Lake Regional specialists, learn about new equipment and technology, and interact with longtime members of the cancer team. Learn more about the event at lakeregional.com/CancerOpenHouse.