St. Vincent Cancer Care, based on the 86th St. Campus in Indianapolis, isn't just a place. It's a way to heal, cope and regain what often appears out of control due to a cancer diagnosis. More than 90 different St. Vincent Cancer specialists embrace the St. Vincent Spirit of Caring and are helping men, women and children thrive as cancer survivors. The three doves in the St. Vincent logo represent the care for mind, body and spirit, especially for those who feel they have few options. As a faith-based health organization, we respect and care for individuals from all walks of life and have shown many times that our holistic cancer care approach is working. We begin and end each day with the same focus – to deliver high-quality, patient-centered cancer care so that our patients and their loved ones have options and opportunities to thrive.
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.
Lung cancer causes 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.
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, a 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, physician assistants, oncology certified genetic counselors, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, radiation technicians, physicists and dosimetrists, in addition to a host of diagnostic cancer screening associates and patient educators.
St. Vincent Cancer Care recognized for high-quality care
Cancer affects the whole person and changes our lives as we know it. That is why at St. Vincent our approach to cancer care focuses on safely navigating the needs of the entire person -- body, mind, and spirit throughout the entire cancer journey. We invite you to explore this website. If you have questions call St. Vincent Cancer Care at 317-338-3900.
St. Vincent Cancer Care is similar but also uniquely different from large university-based cancer centers. We have a large network of highly-experienced oncologists throughout the Indianapolis metro area all trained in the latest surgical, medical oncology and radiation oncology treatment plans. We treat all types of pediatric and adult cancers, yet what you might not know is...
More than 90 oncology specialists are part of St. Vincent Cancer Care. Our physicians are first-choice providers for all types of cancer prevention, screening, detection, treatment and long-term survivorship. We are partners with our patients and their loved ones throughout the journey. To achieve the St. Vincent vision of holistic Cancer Care, our highly-skilled physicians and staff build an individualized team around each patient. The goal is to treat the physical needs of the whole person while tending to the emotional and spiritual healing that is so important for quality of life.
Many types of oncology specialists are at St. Vincent Cancer Care - an NCI community cancer center. These physicians treat all types of adult and pediatric cancers.
St. Vincent surgeons are comprehensive and highly trained in treating many types of adult and pediatric cancers. St. Vincent Surgeons were early adopters of robotic surgery techniques that continue to improve recovery times from necessary surgeries to remove (resect) tumors. These surgical techniques and our technical excellence continues to take cancer care to a higher level of quality of care and better outcomes.
Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists and Surgeons participate on each of the St. Vincent Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Conference Committees:
St. Vincent Surgeons, Medical Oncologists and Radiation Oncologists, oncology nurses and research associates are also part of national and local clinical trials, as well as, cooperative cancer research networks. To learn more, see the St. Vincent Cancer Research page.
St. Vincent surgeons and radiologists are zeroing in on the tumor with new types of radiation technology and therapeutic procedures (for example, implanted seeds to better locate cancerous breast cells; Y-90 microspheres for liver and kidney cancers; brachytherapy (seeds) that treat prostate cancer).
In Women's Health, breast and plastic surgeons strive to preserve healthy breast tissue and are doing the most advanced form of plastic surgery breast reconstruction.
"We welcome you. Our cancer care approach means we treat the whole person not just the tumor or the body part affected by cancer. The patient's care plan is personalized, and includes care for the body, mind and spirit.
We value the caregivers and loved ones of the patient – all are an integral part of the care plan. Our education and support programs help these families become even more effective throughout the cancer journey.
We create a special team around the patient. Our surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists are very experienced, use the most advanced technologies and protocols, and treat all types of adult and pediatric cancers with a high degree of compassion.
We coordinate closely with the referring physicians to bring a stronger continuity of care to each patient and provide lifelong survivorship support services.
As you prepare to come to the Indianapolis campus, call ahead with any questions
(317-338-3900); no question is too insignificant."
Free parking is available at the Indianapolis Hospital main parking lot on 86th Street between Harcourt Road and Naab Road.
Parking is available for a nominal fee at the garage adjacent to the Professional Office building at 8402 Harcourt Road, or next to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent on Katie Knox Drive.
Free parking is available at all other campus locations. Download our campus map showing parking lots.
Valet Parking – Valet Service Associates are stationed at three St. Vincent Hospital entrances:
Handicap Parking - Designated handicap parking spaces are located in all parking lots.
Please ask the St. Vincent Valet Service Associate if you are unable to find parking to fit your needs.
The St. Vincent Gift Shops are located in four St. Vincent Indianapolis metro locations: 86th Street, Women's Hospital, Carmel Hospital and Fishers Hospital. Each store offers a wide variety of seasonal merchandise, stuffed animals, jewelry, greeting cards, flowers, balloons and inspirational cancer care accessories. Gift baskets can also be made to order to meet the shopper's personal needs. Proceeds from St. Vincent Gift Shop sales benefit the mission of St. Vincent through the St. Vincent Foundation.
For personal shopping assistance or questions, call:
St. Vincent Hospital 86th St. Indianapolis
St. Vincent Carmel Hospital
St. Vincent Women's Hospital
St. Vincent Fishers Hospital
St. Vincent Women's Boutique is located at the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital in the Women's Center at 134th St. exit of HWY 31 N. This Boutique has durable medical equipment for male and female cancer patients, as well as other items to support women's health needs. Certified mastectomy fitters are onsite and the on-line store includes many but not all of the items available in the store. Call 317-582-8080 or click here.
"Family" and "Community" are keywords that describe how St. Vincent Anderson Regional Cancer Care personalizes your care with the same world-class technology and treatment options found in larger university-based cancer centers. All our services are located under one roof including: patient navigators and support groups, radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, medical oncology chemotherapy, interventional oncology/radiology, women's center for breast health, cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema therapy, hospice program, cancer research, tumor boards, clinical trials, and a cancer library referred to as Kevin's Corner.
"Our doctors, nurses and other other staff members operate like a family. And that family approach extends to the people who matter most - our patients."Dr. Hazim Rimawi, Medical Oncologist
Erskine Medical Office Building, Suite 100
2020 Meridian St.
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Cancer Center information - 765-646-8358
Individual Cancer Support /Journey Companions
I CAN Support Groups - Empowering Strength over Cancer
Monthly meetings are formatted as educational workshops with plenty of time for questions and answers. These programs are open to current patients, caregivers, cancer survivors and others interested in learning about cancer care and how to prevent and manage cancer. No pre-registration required. To see the schedule of events click here.
Outpatient Chemotherapy & Infusion Clinic Research Institute - 765-683-3209
For information about current clinical trials that may benefit you call 765-648-4118
The concentration of St. Vincent Cancer Care Services are in Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Anderson, and Kokomo. The hub is at the Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Yet we know our patients often need to coordinate their care closer to home. All of the 22 St. Vincent Health Ministries offer various types of diagnostic and therapeutic services. To get an address for any of these locations click here.
If you feel you are risk for any type of cancer, health screening tests including digital mammography, low-dose CT lung scans and lung X-rays, all types of diagnostic imaging procedures, Pap Smears, and PSA prostate cancer screening and lab testing can be arranged at a St. Vincent Hospital close to home.
Our St. Vincent Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Counselors use a telemedicine system to help counsel patients and providers in outlying areas about cancer risk based on genetic blood tests.
If you need more information about how to coordinate St. Vincent Cancer Care resources in your area call 317-338-3900.
Being a cancer survivor starts at the time of your diagnosis. Every journey may include a time when you need more support with complex symptom management for life-limiting or potentially life-threatening conditions. This applies to adults and children battling cancer.
Palliative Medicine defined: This medical specialty is a comprehensive approach to supportive care for any patient with a serious illness such as cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, renal failure, and progressive neurological disorders (including Alzheimer’s disease).
The St. Vincent Supportive Care Team can initiate services at the time of diagnosis and continue throughout the medical journey to better control distressing symptoms: dyspnea, nausea, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual distress. Depending on your treatment plan, Supportive Care may be provided along with a curative treatment or be the main focus of care.
At St. Vincent, our Supportive Care team includes physicians, mid-level providers (PA/NP), nurses, a social worker and a chaplain. The team coordinates care for symptom management, emotional and spiritual needs. We are available to help manage inpatient care at St. Vincent Indianapolis and support various outpatient services.
Board-certified palliative medicine physicians caring for adult patients with complex medical conditions
Learn more about our palliative medicine specialists.
St. Vincent Cancer Care pediatric oncologists, gyn/onc specialists, urologists, and breast and neuro surgeons are part of ONE Call. When there is an adult or pediatric cancer crisis use ONE Call.
The St. Vincent ONE Call Transfer system was created to facilitate acute patient transfers from regional hospitals to St. Vincent Indianapolis. The goal of St. Vincent ONE Call Transfer is to provide an efficient patient experience for patients and expedite the continuity of care.
ONE Call Transfer is a single point of access service provided for quick transfer of patients to the St. Vincent Indianapolis campus.
All St. Vincent Cancer Care physicians have access to providing a Patient Navigator (certified oncology nurse or social worker) and Survivorship Navigator at no additional cost to the patient and his or her family. Initially, some patients feel they don't need navigation support because "I have a strong family and church support system." However, the offer stands and is available at any point in their journey. Call the St. Vincent Cancer CAREline to talk to a navigator, 317-338-3900.
The St. Vincent Survivorship Program and the Supportive Services is a life line for balancing ongoing treatment, transportation, distress and anxiety, pain management, and financial concerns. Our St. Vincent Ministries (hospitals) throughout Indiana are dedicated to helping patients of all socioeconomic backgrounds, especially those that feel they have few options.
Our board-certified oncology specialists work within nine multidisciplinary malignancy committees (tumor boards) and are represented by surgeons, medical oncologist, radiation therapy oncologists, radiologist, pathologist, genetic assessment counselors, oncology nurses, patient navigators and supportive services.
The patient's physicians are the ones whom the patient sees throughout treatment and follow-up, not a resident or hospitalist. We utilize proven protocols and state-of-the-art technology for diagnostic work-ups, surgical procedures and therapies. To learn more about the scope of Cancer Care capabilities see Conditions and Treatments.
Currently our GYN-Onc physicians and Pediatric Oncologists are principal investigators in multicenter Cancer Clinical Trials.To learn more about current patient clinical trial recruitment opportunities through St. Vincent Cancer Care, talk to your attending cancer care physician.
Our administrative and physician leaders are bringing more options and opportunities to every St. Vincent Cancer Care patient. Our patients now have a longer life expectancy because of better treatments and stronger survivorship programs. At St. Vincent Cancer Care, it starts with a philosophy for strong patient navigation. We have the comprehensive diagnostic tools and sophisticated treatments you typically associate with big university cancer centers. Yet, we're more of family here, familiar and ready to take all the time it takes to mutually discuss your personal treatment plan. We know together we can help you regain a greater quality of life.
It's the St. Vincent way to encourage early detection through screening tests and a strong network of primary care providers. We also do this through our St. Vincent mobile van with mammography and other screening tests.
If and when cancer is detected, a referral can be expedited to a surgical oncologist or breast surgeon, medical oncologist and/or radiation oncologist. Collectively we have more than 90 different St. Vincent affiliated oncology-trained specialists treating children, teens and adults of all ages.
Through the St. Vincent Foundation all of our cancer care patients have free access to all of our ongoing survivorship programs and the daily support of patient navigation, survivorship navigation and pastoral care.
All of these Multi-disciplinary Cancer Committees (Tumor Boards) routinely meet to discuss quality of care improvements, complex cases, and related cancer research trials that may benefit the patient.
As a member of Ascension, the largest Catholic non-profit healthcare organization in the U.S., we care for all peoples, especially for those who feel they have few options.
The St. Vincent Indianapolis campus is the hub for a majority of the diagnostic, outpatient and inpatient treatments and survivorship support services.
The St. Vincent Carmel Women's Center has comprehensive breast care services.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Cancer Center has a well-established diagnostic and cancer treatment facility. The genetic counselors in Indianapolis work closely with these providers.
St. Vincent Kokomo has expanded access to the Indianapolis-based oncologists and local support services.
Statewide, the St. Vincent hospitals and specialty clinics provide access to cancer screening tests such as colonoscopy, digital mammography, low-dose CT lung scans, PAP tests and blood tests.
There are many opportunities to give of your time, talents and donations. To find out more about specific Indianapolis Cancer Survivorship needs, talk to the Survivorship navigator - 317-338-3900.
Special activities may include but are not limited to:
Annually each fall, the St. Vincent Foundation hosts the Cancer Walk and proceeds directly benefit local Patient Navigation and Survivorship Programs. The St. Vincent Foundation has many other ways to be involved. To learn more visit give.stvincent.org
Throughout Indiana all St. Vincent ministries can identify community service needs and volunteer opportunities. Together so many things are possible.
At the Cancer Center at St. Vincent Anderson Regional, we approach the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in an holistic way, with care of the body, mind, and spirit. We have assembled the latest technology and services for the detection and treatment of cancer. Cancer is so limited, and we are so much stronger for our fight against it. Recently, we were ranked in the top five percent of U.S. and Canadian community hospitals for participation in research protocols through the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).
We have been recognized for excellence in cancer care by earning accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital was one of only a few facilities in the country to begin offering:
A clinical trial protocol is a study to determine the best possible treatment for a specific cancer. St. Vincent Anderson Regional has approximately 100 patients participating in clinical trial protocols. Participation in a research protocol is always voluntary.
The Cancer Center has ranked in the top 10 percent of the U.S. and Canadian hospitals for participation in research protocols through RTOG (Radiation Therapy Oncology Group). Our input in RTOG is great news for Madison County cancer patients. Mayo Clinic agreed to oversee St. Vincent Anderson Regional as a sponsoring affiliate hospital in this program. Working with Mayo Clinic allows us to contribute to the national cancer research effort
Based in Philadelphia, RTOG runs clinical trials all over the U.S. and Canada. Funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), these clinical trials occur in over 260 affiliate institutions. All the studies involve radiation therapy, used either alone or paired with chemotherapy, and focus on quality of life for patients.
For more information on the Cancer Center, please call 765-646-8358.
Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung become abnormal and grow out of control. As more cancer cells develop, they may form a tumor and spread to other locations in the body.
There are two main types of lung cancer:
Although both are technically “lung cancer,” they are treated very differently.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Cancer Center is very diligent in treating patients according to standards of care, evidence-based medicine, and the best treatment protocols. As an accredited program through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, St. Vincent Anderson Regional Cancer Center is reviewed and held to specific quality measures in the treatment of our cancer patients. Because non-small cell lung cancer accounts for the majority of lung cancers, the Commission on Cancer reviews our practices and scores our outcomes for the required standards of care specifically for these patients. The Commission audits surgery and chemotherapy administration practices and posts results for our Cancer Committee to review. The Commission requires an immediate action plan for programs or centers that fall below the requirements.
I am pleased to report that St. Vincent Anderson Regional Cancer Center has compliance score of 100% for best practices in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. We take pride in not only in this performance standard, but also the performance standards of all cancers.
Our commitment is to continue to provide care consistent with evidenced-based protocols and standards of care, providing the best opportunity for survival and quality of life in every patient we are honored to serve.
If you visit the Mission and Core Values of the St. Vincent website, you'll notice the first item listed after our mission statement is "Service of the Poor." It states: St. Vincent has a "special commitment to serving those who are physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially poor and vulnerable."
St. Vincent Cancer Care fulfills this core value in a number of ways. Perhaps none of them is as effective, or as far-reaching, as the many free cancer screenings we offer throughout the Central Indiana community.
It is part of what we refer to as our “ministry in motion,” in which we take our skilled staff and the latest screening equipment on the road to meet the needs of people who otherwise might not have access to critical cancer screening services, such as mammography, cervical, skin, prostate, colon, thyroid and head and neck cancer screenings.
The St. Vincent Mobile Screening Van is a major component of these efforts, offering door-to-door service and free mammograms to various community locations, including 2016 partnerships with Little Red Door Cancer Agency; Gennesaret Free Clinic; Trinity Free Clinic; the Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center at St. Vincent; the Latino Health Organization; the Raphael Health Center; and Shalom Health Care Center, just to name a few.
It is a unique opportunity for St. Vincent Cancer Care to partner with agencies that share our values, as well as our passion for helping people who need it most.
St. Vincent provided opportunities for people to receive free cancer screenings throughout the year through Check Up 13, in partnership with WTHR. St. Vincent also held other screening events, such as the Trail Run Event, in partnership with businesses and organizations such as the Home Owners Associations, New Hope Church and New Abundant Life Church. St. Vincent offered easy access to screening mammography for more than 1,500 employees of Central Indiana corporations through the Mobile Screening Program. Those corporations included Roche Diagnostics, Boston Scientific, Brownsburg and Carmel Clay schools, Butler University, Citizens Energy Group, Comcast, Indianapolis Power & Light, and many others.
St. Vincent also partnered with community cancer organizations to provide healthy living education to our communities in 2016, including the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association.
It’s all part of fulfilling the mission laid out by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul when they came to Indianapolis in 1881: To give generously, and without hesitation. And providing service to the community gives special satisfaction to St. Vincent associates.
In addition to the 529 free mammograms provided to uninsured and underinsured women across Central Indiana on the Mobile Screening unit, in collaboration with various community health care clinics, such as Gennesaret Free Clinic; Shalom Health Care Center; Raphael Health Center; Trinity Free Clinic; the Latino Health Organization; the Owen County Health Department and others, screening volumes for 2016 also include:
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St. Vincent Indianapolis' Cancer Screening Services, in collaboration with various community and corporate partners, devotes key resources to providing education about cancer prevention, healthy lifestyles, high-risk identification and the importance of early detection throughout Central Indiana.
Working with a variety of community clinics and support agencies, the Community Outreach Coordinator for St. Vincent Indianapolis' Cancer Screening Services is active in community health fairs, and other community health events, whose focus it is to ensure resources reach underserved and/or high-risk populations.
In 2015 the Community Outreach Coordinator for St. Vincent Indianapolis' Cancer Screening Services partnered with the American Cancer Society, the Colorectal Action Network and Walgreen's Pharmacies to provide colon cancer education, related to wellness and prevention, as well as free FOBT kits, to 223 low-income senior citizens across central Indiana.
St. Vincent Cancer Screening Services also partners with WTHR Indianapolis to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their health through Check-Up 13. Check-Up 13 airs on the 13th of every month during the Health Beat segment. Members of the St. Vincent medical staff offer viewers educational information focusing on that month's health screening topic. This year's Check-Up 13 schedule has included free, or in the case of lung low cost, skin, colon, cervical, oral, lung, prostate and thyroid screenings.
Individuals with positive findings are notified of their results by phone and offered financial support services and/or help locating a healthcare provider for any recommended follow-ups, as needed.
Another ongoing, and important, initiative supported by St. Vincent Indianapolis' Cancer Screening Services is the St. Vincent Indianapolis Mobile Screening Van.
For more than 20 years St. Vincent Indianapolis has been providing Mobile Screening Services to women, in both corporate and community settings throughout Central Indiana communities, seeking easy access to screening mammography services. The Mobile Screening unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology, certified by the Food and Drug Administration and recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC).
In 2015 the mobile screening van provided mammograms for 2741 women and, as noted below, 589 of those mammograms were provided at no cost to uninsured or underinsured women. Breast cancer was detected in 2 of the 589 uninsured/underinsured women screened on the mobile screening van in 2015.
Free screening mammograms are provided through the use of funds raised during the annual St. Vincent Cancer Walk. The mobile screening program supports St. Vincent Indianapolis Cancer Screening Services in overcoming key economic, cultural, geographic and transportation barriers blocking access to recommended screenings; providing early detection and peace of mind. St. Vincent Indianapolis Cancer Screening Services collaborates with St. Vincent Cancer Care navigators and financial counselors to ensure that 100% of those women receiving free screening mammograms also have access to and financial support for any additional diagnostic imaging recommended (approximately 20% of all women screened), and/or subsequent treatment needs,ensuring a seamless continuum of care. A quick check financial assessment process has been established to ensure that uninsured women requiring additional imaging receive rapid preliminary approval for recommended services, minimizing financial worries that accompany abnormal findings for an uninsured or underinsured woman.
Many corporations choose to offer St. Vincent Indianapolis Mobile Screening services to their eligible female employees, as well as to eligible spouses of male employees and female retirees, as a way to ensure easy access to screening services and minimal time away from work.
In 2015, St. Vincent Cancer Care offered 1800 free or low cost cancer screenings.
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Performing more surgeries for lung cancer than any other cancer center in Indiana.