Patients in the Central Texas area deserve access to quality care and Providence Health Center is committed to meeting those needs. Our Health Center offers a community-based cancer program with services that include an inpatient oncology unit, outpatient services, surgical and image-guided biopsy and surgical services.

The hospital maintains a cancer registry for state and national reporting. Cancer cases that are diagnosed and/or treated at our hospital or breast center are reported to the Texas Department of Health Services and to the National Cancer Database. Reporting these cancer statistics provides information to researchers and physicians for treating patients and determining prognosis.

Providence is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as an approved Community Cancer Program. This certification assures the community that we abide by the high standards set by the ACoS CoC and provide our patients with the best possible care.

Education

Providence also provides cancer education to the public, cancer screenings for early detection and resources for treatment and support groups.

General cancer conferences are held monthly and breast specific cancer conferences are held every two weeks. Newly diagnosed cancer cases are presented at the conference with discussion of cancer treatment among medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and other physicians who are involved in the treatment of these patients.

Resources

Julie Bignell
Tumor Registrar
6901 Medical Parkway
Waco, TX 76712
254-751-4084

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org

Susan G. Komen
www.komencentraltexas.org
www.komen.org

Breast Cancer
www.breastcancer.org

CancerCare
www.cancercare.org

National Cancer Institute
www.cancer.gov

Commission on Cancer – National Cancer Database
www.facs.org/cancer/ncdb/publicaccess.html

Texas Department of State Health Services
www.dshs.state.tx.us/tcr

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a study of new drugs or medical treatments that involves people. Doctors use clinical trials to see if new treatments are safe and effective for patients. For some cancer patients, a clinical trial might be the right step to take as part of a treatment plan. Your doctor can help you make that decision.

If you decide to take part in a clinical trial, there are several resources that can guide you through the clinical trial decision process:

The American Cancer Society
800-303-5691
www.cancer.org

Texas Oncology
888-864-4226
www.texasoncology.com/ClinicalTrials.aspx

Cancer Consultants
http://news.cancerconnect.com/clinical-trial-information/