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Midwest Cancer Care E-News

A quarterly newsletter from Research Medical Center

March 2010

2010 Calendar of Events
SAVE THE DATE!


March 11
Colon/Prostate/Skin Cancer Screenings
Research Belton Hospital
Main Lobby
4-6 p.m.

March 31
"Facing Cancer Together"
Support Seminar
Research Medical Center
Adams Room
5-7 p.m. 

April 13
Colon/Prostate/Skin Cancer Screenings
Lee's Summit Medical Center
Outpatient Lobby
4-6 p.m.

April 17

Block Party/Health Fair
Research Medical Center
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

May 6
Colon/Prostate Cancer Screenings
Research Belton Hospital
Main Lobby
4-6 p.m.

June 2
Colon/Prostate Cancer Screenings
Research Medical Center
Cancer Center
4-6 p.m.

June 5
Colon Cancer Screening
Research Belton Hospital
Health Fair - 8-11 a.m.

June 30
"Facing Cancer Together"
Support Seminar
Research Medical Center
Adams Room
5-7 p.m. 

August 28
Colon/Prostate Cancer Screenings
Lee's Summit Medical Center
Health Fair - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

To register for the cancer screenings, call (816) 751-3000.

peck09Director's Message....                             

Since the grand opening of the Cancer Center in 2008 growth continues in all areas, including patient volumes, staff and services. An expansion of the newly constructed Cancer Center was completed in May 2009. Some highlights of this expansion include:

• Added 12 infusion chairs, creating a 24-chair chemo-infusion suite
• A new satellite pharmacy
• Added seven exam rooms, totaling 15 within the Cancer Center
• An expanded waiting area and business office

Two of the positions added in 2009 were an oncology navigator and patient financial coordinator. The oncology navigator assists patients through the coordination of tests and treatments--decreasing the amount of time from diagnosis to the initiation of treatment. The navigator is also able to connect the patients and their families with a variety of community resources that have been established to assist them through the course of their treatments. The patient financial coordinator meets with all patients prior to the beginning of their treatment to help answer questions and ease fears related to the cost of fighting this disease. Through the "No Excuses - Get Screened" cancer screening series, nearly 500 people were screened for prostate, colorectal and skin cancers. Approximately 15 percent of these individuals were notified as having abnormal results with a letter being sent to their primary care physician recommending further evaluation. 

Another area of tremendous growth in 2009 was the number of patients that were enrolled in clinical studies. The Clinical Research Program was established in 2008 and has enrolled over 50 patients to various studies since its inception. Over 130 multi-disciplinary case conferences were held in 2009. These conferences, which include the site-specific liver and pancreas as well as the thoracic conferences, have consistently seen strong physician attendance. Through an extensive evaluation of the cases presented, the best treatment option for a patient is determined and a letter is sent to the patient's primary care physician to share treatment recommendations.

One final achievement in 2009 was the fourth quarter "Making a Difference" award given to the Cancer Center staff recognizing their dedication in creating the best possible experiences for the patients that they treat on a daily basis. One patient stated it best when he wrote in a letter...."Each person went out of their way to put me (and my family) at ease, and made me feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible under the circumstances. They were all 'human' professionals in every sense of the word!"

As demonstrated in 2009, together we have accomplished so much. I am confident that 2010 will bring even more success as we continue to build the highest quality cancer program possible to serve our community.

Jane Peck
Administrative Director
Midwest Cancer Care at Research Medical Center

Midwest Cancer Care Partners with
LIVESTRONG Army of Kansas City Cycling Team
Non-profit team comprised of cyclists touched by cancer will raise awareness and unite cancer survivors, families, friends and caregivers

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Midwest Cancer Care, a network of hospitals and physicians throughout Kansas City, has become the presenting sponsor of the LIVESTRONG Army Kansas City Cycling Team (LAKC) for 2010-2012.

Midwest Cancer Care brings together the expertise and technology to provide patients throughout the region with a new level of cancer care and support. The sponsorship will help raise awareness of the resources available to the community in the Midwest Cancer Care network, anchored by the comprehensive cancer programs at Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

"We raise money to help fight cancer by organizing local and family bike rides in the Kansas City area," says Brent Hankins, LAKC team member. "Our efforts are aimed to help those directly affected by cancer here in our own community. Midwest Cancer Care's sponsorship of the team is a profound example of working together to bring cancer awareness about to the community."

Part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's grassroots community-based efforts, the LAKC Cycling Team is comprised of 10 experienced racers, including the founder of the University of Kansas Cycling Team and winners of state and regional competitions. Each member has a passion for giving back to the community and a personally vested interest in the cause, with many riders experiencing the loss of a loved one to cancer or involved the aspect of care giving. The LAKC Cycling Team wants to highlight the disease that affects almost 28 million people around the world today and make the disease a priority by helping to reduce the burden of those touched by cancer through advocacy efforts, awareness campaigns and fundraisers, including a fall 2010 KC Cyclocross Race.

William T. Stephenson, MD, oncologist, who leads Midwest Cancer Care at Research Medical Center, says the sponsorship is exciting for many reasons, including the message of hope and inspiration the Lance Armstrong Foundation carries to millions of people, including those in Kansas City.

"The LIVESTRONG Army of Kansas City Cycling Team is a symbol of empowerment for those affected by cancer and is synonymous with Midwest Cancer Care's focus," says Dr. Stephenson. "At the heart of Midwest Cancer Care's philosophy is the commitment to make our cancer diagnosis and treatment resources available to people close to home and work. It's a great collaborative effort." 

Dr. Jaswinder Singh to Present Data in Switzerland
Presentation will focus on non-small cell lung cancer

singh10Research Medical Center is committed to exceptional care of patients and expanded learning in the area of medical oncology. To this end, we seek out areas within the field that have not been explored. This year Dr. Jaswinder Singh will present data in April at the European Society for Medical Oncology in Geneva, Switzerland. With this outstanding achievement, Dr. Singh will be presenting a retrospective review of data on non-small cell lung cancer.

Collectively, a total of 140 cases were reviewed to determine if there was a direct correlation between the SUV reactivity on PET scans versus the histology reports presented on non-small cell lung cancer. This information, if proven, could potentially assist practitioners with their ability to decide treatment regimens regardless of exact pathological findings being reported. The paper provides an introduction to this concept and acknowledges that further data must be gathered.

It is the highest honor to contribute to the academic pursuit of oncology. It is uncommon to see physicians within the community hospital setting continuing an aggressive campaign for publication in their prospective field. This demonstrates that Research Medical Center is fostering relationships with our physicians that will be acknowledged on the world stage.

Dr. Singh is an accomplished clinical research investigator with involvement in several oncology trials. He continues to provide exceptional expertise and guidance to this department. HCA Midwest Health System is proud to support these endeavors and welcome continued success in cancer research at our facilities.

Submitted by: Jennifer Wanpen Feeback
Clinical Research Manager
Midwest Cancer Care at Research Medical Center

 

Cancer Screenings Recap

In 2009, Research Medical Center screened over 500 individuals for colon, prostate and skin cancers, with 15 percent showing abnormal results. 

Staff Profile
Denise Wittkopp, Senior LPN
Brachytherapy Coordinator

wittkopp10It was during her teenage years working  as a volunteer candy striper at Research Medical Center that Denise Wittkopp developed an interest in nursing. By taking patients' temperatures and making beds, Denise gained valuable patient care experience.

Today, Denise serves as brachytherapy coordinator in the Radiation Oncology department at Research Medical Center. 
 


Education: I enrolled in the Kansas City Board of Education Practical Nursing Program. After completing nursing school, I worked at John Knox Village, an extended care facility in Lee's Summit, Mo. I soon realized that I wanted to get back in a hospital setting so I could maintain and learn more clinical skills.

Family: Married for 14 years; four children, three step children and six grandchildren
 
Experience: After working several years on med-surg units, my head nurse asked if I would be interested in working on the new oncology unit. Becoming a member of the Radiation Oncology staff was a great decision for me. I feel I have learned much more about medicine and nursing than I would have if I had remained working on the patient care units. Drs. Jorge Paradelo and Ben Throne tolerated my inexperience in their clinic and taught me so very much.  
 
What do you like most about your job? Developing rapport with our patients is very meaningful to me. Most of the patients receiving radiation therapy are committed to an average of 5-6 weeks of daily treatment. We learn a lot about people when we see them this often. Dealing with cancer and treatment is alarming and extremely life-altering for our patients and their family. I am glad to be part of the team that helps them receive the treatment they need. Some of our patients continue to see our doctors for long term follow up. We have followed some patients for over 10 years.
 
Proudest Accomplishment(s): Becoming a nurse made me feel very proud, but I must say that becoming a mother and raising four successful children is my proudest accomplishment. My oldest son is a deputy for the Cass County Sheriff's Department. My daughter is an established massage therapist at a local spa in Overland Park. She was recently awarded the best massage therapist by 435 magazine. I have a son in the Marine Corps and my youngest son was recently accepted as an apprentice in the Sheet Metal Workers Union. 
 
Hobbies: My true passion is gardening. During growing season I try to bring in fresh flowers every week for the staff and patients to enjoy. I also enjoy yoga and Tai Chi, and have recently started a watercolor class.

Midwest Cancer Care Case Conferences

With a team-oriented, multidisciplinary approach, Midwest Cancer Care at Research Medical Center offers weekly Case Conferences for physicians to share and exchange thoughts and ideas about the best treatment options for their patients with the top experts in the field.

Specializing in liver, pancreatic, thoracic, breast and neuro-related cancers, our cancer team of medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, clinical research coordinators, radiologists, pathologists, nurse navigators and others, come together as a group to give cases their undivided attention and determine the best treatment for each patient.

For more information, or to present a patient case, physicians may call our Conference Coordinator at 816-276-9262.

(Case Conference Schedule)

Liver & Pancreas Institute of Kansas City
Multidisciplinary Conference
Every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday
7-8 a.m.

Thoracic and Lung
Multidisciplinary Case Conference
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday
7-8 a.m.

Breast
Multidisciplinary Case Conference
Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month
7-8 a.m.

Gamma Knife/CyberKnife
Multidisciplinary Case Conference
Every Monday
7:30 a.m.