Cancer Program Annual Report
2019 Cancer Program Public Report
As part of its mission of Making Communities Healthier®, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital remains dedicated to the early detection of cancer, high quality treatment for those diagnosed with cancer, and continuous collaboration with partners in cancer care throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. LCRH continues to emerge as a premier regional cancer treatment center, underscored by an increasing number of new cancer cases diagnosed and treated each year.
Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation is nationally recognized by many organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Quality Forum, American Cancer Society, and The Joint Commission, as having established data-driven performance measures for the provision of quality cancer care. The CoC conducts daylong surveys of cancer programs to evaluate scope, organization, and activity. Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital has maintained its CoC accredidation since April 9, 2007. To earn this distinction for the past 12 years, Lake Cumberland has met or exceeded 34 CoC standards annually that cover numerous aspects of patient-centered care, including cancer prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, genetic testing and counseling, supportive care, and suvivorship. Scroll down to learn more about cancer care at Lake Cumberland over the previous year:
Prevention & Screening
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital hosts a number of events each year with a primary focus of cancer prevention, education, and screening. Details of our 2019 events are below.
Pounds Off Pulaski Heath Fair | January 2019
On January 28, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital kicked off a year of healthy living by sponsoring a "Pounds Off Pulaski" Health Fair at the Center for Rural Development. This free, community wide event, offered attendees resources on weight loss, health screenings, nutrition information, initial POP weigh ins, health and human services throughout Pulaski County and informational sessions from local experts on special topics related to health care every half hour.
Exhibitors at the fair included: The American Cancer Society, Applied Behavioral Advancements, LLC; BioFit Exercise Technologies; Campbellsville University Somerset; Club Fit 24 Hr; Coca-Cola; Comfort Keepers; Continuum Care Hospital at Baptist Corbin; CrossFit Ignis; FitMaxx; Hospice of Lake Cumberland; Intrepid Home Health; Kentucky Cancer Program; Kristina's Kitchen; Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency; LCMA’s new Schoolhouse Mobile Care unit; multiple divisions of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital including the Cancer Treatment Center, Chest Pain Center, Imaging Center, Medical Associates, Rehab Center, Sleep Center, Stroke Team, Weight Loss Center, and Wound Care Center; Lawrence J. Botzman CFP; Lifeline Home Health Care; Lifeline Homecare; LIFT INC. GYM; Planet Fitness; Pulaski County Extension Service; Sk8ters Paradise; Somerset Parks and Recreation; Somerset-Pulaski County EMS; Somersoul Bodywork and Wellness Studio; The Neighborhood of Somerset; The Shine House; Wellspring Counseling; Women's Care of Lake Cumberland; and Women's Wellness & Anti-Aging of Somerset.
During the 12-week POP challenge following the health fair, meetings were held each Monday evening at the hospital. The meetings are designed to provide support, information, and helpful tools to help participants stay on track so they can reach their personal goals.
National Cancer Survivors Day
Outreach to Area Churches | June 2019
National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, treasured "Celebration of Life" that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide on the first Sunday in June. It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.
On June 2, Lake Cumberland celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day with a "7 ways your church can care for those living with cancer" community initiative throughout Pulaski County. Over ten area churches placed large "7 ways..." posters, supplied by the hospital, in their main lobbies and distributed postcards with the same messaging. Most had deacons, members of the clergy and other church staff available in the narthex pre- and post-service to speak to attendees about the messaging and offer additional resources.
HPV Awareness & Education | July 2019
Leisa Phillippi, MSN, RN, IBCLC attended a Motivational Interviewing for Vaccine Hesitancy train the trainer event in July where multiple people were trained from all areas of Kentucky in hopes of increasing HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine rates. They were asked to go back to their individual communities and discuss ways of educating and encouraging parents so that they will vaccinate their children for HPV.
She hosted a Motivational Interviewing for Vaccine Hesitancy training on September 12 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in hopes of increasing the number of HPV vaccines given to adolescents in the Somerset area. Unfortunately, many parents choose not to vaccinate their children for HPV for several reasons. Many think that only those vaccines recommended for attending school are the ones that should be given. Others have misconceptions on HPV thinking it is only for those people who are sexually active. There is a small window of time when the vaccine is most effective and that is during the adolescent period. By getting the HPV vaccine during adolescent age, it drastically decreases the rate of cervical cancer later in life.
There were several LPN and RN’s from Lake Cumberland Medical Associates that attended and were educated on HPV in general and also how to address parents’ concerns with the vaccine. After the training they felt better prepared in educating and encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.
Gentlemen, Check Your Engines
On Saturday, September 28, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and Lake Cumberland Cancer Treatment Center hosted a free cancer screening at the monthly Somernites Cruise Car Show in downtown Somerset, KY. Our “Gentleman Check Your Engines” event provided Head & Neck screenings, FIT test kits, information on Low Dose CT Scans, and a variety of cancer education materials. Over 100 community members stopped by the booth for information and 21 individuals were screened.
A Head and Neck Screening is a simple, quick procedure in which the doctor looks in the nose, mouth, and throat for abnormalities and feels for lumps in the neck. If anything unusual is found, the doctor will recommend a more extensive examination. As a result of the screenings, seven individuals were referred back to their primary care provider for further evaluation.
The fecal immunochemical test, or "FIT" test, is a screening test for colon cancer. It tests for hidden blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of cancer. FIT only detects human blood from the lower intestines. Medicines and food do not interfere with the test. So it tends to be more accurate and have fewer false positive results than other tests.
Mamm & Glamm
On October 16, the Lake Cumberland Imaging Center hosted a Mamm & Glam morning which featured free mammography screenings using 3-D mammography. This imaging test uses advanced technology to take multiple X-rays of breast tissue to create a 3-D picture. This technology gives a clearer view of breast masses and makes it easier to detect breast cancer earlier.
Guests were also treated to manicures, neck massages, fun giveaways and tours of the new Center, as well as coffee, muffins, and breakfast treats - all for free! Recognizing that early detection saves lives, LCRH plans to continue these special mammography focused events over the course of the next year in hopes of raising even greater awareness of the importance of annual mammograms for the health of our community.
Breast Cancer Symposium
The 17th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium, sponsored by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and the Alton Blakely Family of Dealerships was held at the Center for Rural Development on Monday, October 28. Over 380 attendees, including over 150 Breast Cancer Survivors were treated to a luncheon filled with educational information, a special ceremony recognizing survivors, and a keynote address by guest speaker Monica Hardin. A Louisville native and 2001 Miss Kentucky, Monica anchors the noon news on WLKY and began a very personal battle with breast cancer in 2018. Her incredible story of perseverance, open-ness with her tv fans, and the support of her family and friends left survivors and supporters alike, inspired and encouraged.
Attendees were also invited to stay after the luncheon and explore over 40 exhibit tables from companies such as Brobe, Macy's, Soma Intimates, Awakenings Boutique, and more - all tailored to women, breast cancer survivors, and caregivers.
Kicking the Habit & Catching the Cancer Early
Lake Cumberland Focuses on Lung Cancer Screenings and Early Detection
Kentucky has the highest rate of new lung cancer cases in the US. Kentucky's lung cancer incidence rate is 92.6 out of 100,000 people. The national rate is 59.6. Kentucky also has one of the lowest 5-year survival rates with 17.6%. According to the ALA, part of the reason lung cancer is so deadly is because most cases are diagnosed at a later stage after the disease has spread, but the Lake Cumberland Cancer Treatment Center is taking strides to reduce death rates from Lung Cancer with dramatic increases in Low Dose CT Scan rates year over year.
The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT). During an LDCT scan, an X-ray machine uses a low dose (amount) of radiation to make detailed images of the lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes and is not painful.
To be eligible for a lung cancer screening patients must be:
- 55 years or older
- Have smoked at least: 1 pack per day for 30 years; 2 packs per day for 15 years; or, 3 packs per day for 10 years.
- Must be a current or former smoker (Those who have quit in the past 15 years may still qualify).
Whether a patient wants help to stop smoking or a physician thinks it's time to schedule a screening, the Lake Cumberland Cancer Treatment Center and Lake Cumberland Imaging Center are available to answer questions or help patients decide if a screening is right for them.
2019 LCRH CoC Committee Members
|Marilyn McMillen, MD||Cancer Committee Chair, Pathology|
|Tommy Shelton, MD||Cancer Liaison Physician, Surgery|
|Amtullah Khan, MD||Radiation Oncology, Cancer Conference|
|Jennifer Smith, MD||Diagnostic Radiology|
|N. Mullai, MD||Medical Oncology, Clinical Research|
|Michelle Hacker, RTT, RN||Oncology Nursing|
|Deborah Carey, CSW||Psychosocial Services|
|Tammy Ninnemann, MLT, ASCP, CTR||Cancer Registry Quality|
|Jane Fry, Senior Director Radiology Services||Quality Improvement|
|Michael Citak, M.D.||Cancer Program Administrator|
|Mandy Prather||Community Outreach, Public Reporting|
|Kathy Monroe, RHIA||Health Information Management|
|Dianna Maybrier, MS, RD, LD||Nutrition|
|Kylie Flores, MS, RD, LD||Nutrition|
|Amanda Ferebee, PharmD||Pharmacy|
|Kevin Crabtree, PharmD||Pharmacy|
|Lydia Moore, RN||Hospice|
|Brooke Whitis||American Cancer Society|
|Julie Waters||American Cancer Society|
|Ben Stivers, MD||Surgery|
|Bachar Kassern, MD||Medical Oncology, Clinical Research|
|Melissa Cromer, MLT,ASCP||Cancer Registry|
|Kerri Helmes, CTR||Cancer Registry|