The St. Vincent Cancer Care approach is multidisciplinary and holistic. That means we surround our patients with a team of cancer experts. We approach cancer with state-of-the-art treatments and combine physical, nutritional, psychological and spiritual therapies to benefit the whole person.
Hard to catch your breath?
Jim Carty, a former smoker, says the St. Vincent $99 Lung low-dose CT Scan saved his life. He admits his wife and daughter "pushed him" to get it checked out because he seemed out of breath too often. Jim stopped smoking eight years prior but continued to experience worrisome signs and symptoms. For Jim, the Lung Scan was a screening test that had diagnostic benefits. He was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer, very treatable. Since that time, Jim has embraced his cancer journey and is vigilant about doing follow-up tests and keeping appointments. He openly shares his story with others, especially those who smoke, because he now knows how preventable lung cancer is when diagnosed early.
Detecting more lung cancers
Lung cancer auses more cancer deaths than any other cancer in men and women. The low-dose CT lung scan detects more lung cancers that a traditional chest x-ray. Lung cancer is not the only cancer linked to smoking - know the signs and symptoms for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovaries, and acute myeloid leukemia. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2014) Ask your physician - Am I at risk? or call the Cancer CareLine 317-338-3900.
Meet our team of Cancer Care specialists
Don’t ignore symptoms, take action
A young mother, Joy Humphrey knows her body, and feels something is wrong. She asks her OB/GYN physician, "Worse case scenario, what does this mean? Will I ever have another child?" Joy was diagnosed with cervical cancer and treated at St. Vincent. Dr. Stanley Givens, Radiation Oncologists, explains that, yes, St. Vincent has all the state-of-the-art treatments and equipment, and expertise, but we also use our hearts to help heal and are backed by the St. Vincent Ministry. That is holistic cancer care. Joy continues to advocate for cancer awareness and educate others in the community. Her family has since adopted a little girl, "God can take something ugly out of cancer and bring something beautiful out of this experience - for me that is my daughter."
More than 90 board-certified, fellowship-trained cancer specialists treat all types of adult and pediatric cancers. The core team often includes a surgeon who specializes in treating your specific type of disease, medical oncologist/hematologist to quarterback the medication therapy, and a radiation oncologist to target and shrink or kill the cancer cells.
Our patient navigators understand the roadmap to cancer survival and are available to help guide and support each patient on his or her journey, and introduce our many cancer care services and compassionate caregivers. At every junction are oncology nurses, surgical nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants; oncology certified genetic counselors, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers; radiation technicians, physicists and dosimetrists; with a host of diagnostic cancer screening associates and patient educators.
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How to ask your doctor questions about your cancer treatment plan
Your St. Vincent Cancer Care Team, the cancer doctors, nurses, navigators and all who provide cancer care want you to know everything you can about your cancer care plan. Never hesitate to ask a question at any time. Our Patient Navigators are the natural "go-to" people when you have a question and you're not sure how to phrase it or who to ask. Patient Navigators are available by calling 317-338-3900.
Every time you come in for a doctor's appointment or treatment, ask the staff to answer the following four questions:
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do while I am here today?
- What do I need to do when I go home?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
Ask your question twice if you need to
There will be days when there is just too much information and it all seems overwhelming. At St. Vincent Cancer Care we work very hard to clarify the priorities of the treatment plan and educate our patients so they have a greater sense of control over their cancer journey. It's OK to ask again by saying, "This is all new to me. Will you please explain it again." The Patient Navigators are available to patients by phone or in person.
Cancer Care Tips
Tip #1: Prior to your appointment, write out a list of health concerns and side effects and bring your journal (if you have already started one).
Tip #2: Bring a friend or family member to help support you and write down notes while you are talking to the staff.
Tip #3: Always bring an updated list of all medications (prescribed and over the counter), dietary supplements, and vitamins you are taking.
Navigating the first steps for the newly diagnosed
At St. Vincent Cancer Care, you are not alone. We are your partners, throughout the journey - holding your hand, caring deeply, giving you access to options and opportunities to survive and thrive.
- Meet your Cancer Care Team
- Learn, share and take the time you need to make an informed decision
- Review your personalized care plan and ask more questions
- Get insurance benefit information from the St. Vincent financial counselor
- Ask about supportive services: survivorship starts at the time of diagnosis
- Learn how to best tell loved ones and organize a circle of support
- Think daily on how to focus on the needs of your body, mind and spirit
Each person you encounter at St. Vincent Cancer Care is advocating for you. Our Cancer Care Services are in place for you and your loved ones.
- Surivorship Navigation: Support Groups, Art Therapy and Supportive Classes
- Genetic Counseling and Risk Assessment
- Oncology Rehabilitative Services
- Women's Health Services, Breast Care, Gynecologic Oncology
- Palliative Care
- Pastoral Care
- Financial Assistance and Counseling
- Social Services and Home Care Coordination