Treatment Services & Technology
Collaborative Patient Care
Cancer is a complex, complicated condition. When you have a cancer diagnosis, you want as many people as possible working together to offer multidisciplinary opinions in order to ensure you receive quality care, the right treatment, and the best outcomes.
At Lake Cumberland, our weekly Cancer Conference operates solely for this purpose — to allow practitioners to meet as a team to discuss difficult cancer cases and work out the best way to treat each patient. If a case demands discussion and input — such as an advanced tumor, an unusual pathology finding or something concerning after surgery — it is best done at the tumor board.
The Lake Cumberland Cancer Conference is made up of surgeons, oncologists, radiation specialists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and hematolgists who may seek input from other disciplines, such as pain management. The conference function in several formats, including:
- As part of a regularly held, multidisciplinary clinic where specialists personally evaluate patients, then meet as a board to discuss each case (they also may review cases requested by community-based clinicians);
- As stand-alone meetings to review cases complete with diagnostic imaging, biopsy findings and the patients’ medical histories; and
- As virtual meetings with visual and audio communication between multiple locations.
Services to patients may include genetic counseling, nutrition education, or guidance about social services and financial assistance. The conference sometimes gives their treatment recommendations directly to the patient; but in most cases, findings are relayed to the requesting physician.
Advanced Cancer Care. Close to Home.
Cancer patients in the area now have access to incredible advances in technology at our treatment center. In August 2019, the Cancer Treatment Center installed a new TruBeam Linear Accelerator, offering a 6 degrees of freedom couch, IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, and Vision RT Capabilities. This new approach delivers image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Image guidance improves tumor targeting, and IMRT shapes the radiation dose so that it conforms closely to the three-dimensional shape of the tumor. That means more dose to the tumor, and less to surrounding healthy tissues. By adding this unique form of volumetric modulated arc treatment to the other advanced capabilities including conventional IMRT and image-guided stereotactic treatments, we can offer a wider variety of treatment options based on each of our patients’ specific clinical circumstances.