The Cancer Program at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of American College of Surgeons
and ensures the latest innovative therapies for cancer treatment, while a dedicated team of professionals provides personal and nurturing care to meet the medical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical needs of our patients and their families. Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is granted to those facilities that are voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnoses and treatment, and willing to comply with rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and programs, which includes an on-site review every 3 years.
The accredited Cancer Program at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to the screening, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer. Serving the cancer patients of the Central Texas region, the Cancer Program provides comprehensive care, including a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic services and therapies.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited facility ensures that a patient will have access to the following:
- Quality care close to home.
- A full complement of chemotherapy protocols, targeted antibodies, immunotherapy, and hormone therapies.
- Access to some of the most promising treatments are also available on campus in nationally-sponsored clinical trials.
- Advanced radiotherapy for all tumor types is available, including 3D conformal radiation, brachytherapy, and IMRT.
- A multi-disciplinary team of oncologists work closely with pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and other specialists to ensure that optimal treatment regimens are provided.
- Physicians trained in the most advanced surgical and noninvasive treatment methods participate in regularly scheduled Cancer Conferences to discuss treatment options & decisions, wherein doctors review cases with one another to share the most current knowledge and information and gain important insights into cancer treatment.
- Cancer registries that collect data on types and stages of cancer and treatment results along with a lifelong follow up for cancer patients.
- Our team of physicians also serves on the facility’s Cancer Committee, a multidisciplinary leadership body responsible for ensuring quality and up-to-date care for the patients at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.
For more information on the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer visit their website www.facs.org/cancer.
We are dedicated to treating our patients effectively and compassionately, also eradicating this disease in the shortest possible time.
- Oncology Unit: Exceptional care is provided on our Oncology Unit by an interdisciplinary team of physicians and nurses specializing in oncology care, pain management, surgical intervention, and palliative care. All of our physicians are highly credentialed with a long history of success and expertise in providing patients with a timely and accurate diagnoses as well as aggressive and latest treatment options.
- Patient Navigation: Through our partnerships with the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Resource Center, patients and families have access to Patient Navigation Systems which help guide cancer patients through the healthcare system. This program provides information to frequently asked questions, information about their diagnosis, as well as a list of resources available in the community.
- Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program: St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is dedicated to the health and wellness of our community. Multiple health fairs and health screenings are provided by our facility each year, including prostate cancer, skin cancer and breast cancer screenings and education, all of which are open to the community with the goal of promoting a healthier lifestyle.
- Palliative Care: Our board-certified palliative care physician, specially trained nursing staff and spiritual care department are available to work together with the families when treatments options are exhausted for terminally ill patients to reduce the symptoms and complications to ensure dignifying comfort care.
- Cancer Registry: The Cancer Registry collects data on cancer types, stages, and treatment results. This data is reported to the regional and national cancer data bases for cancer studies and statistics. In order to evaluate outcomes of cancer care, a lifelong follow-up for cancer patients is maintained in Cancer Registry.
- Clinical Trials: Our Medical and Radiation Oncology physicians’ offers clinical trials and research studies to better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. These clinical trails are offered to our patients as a treatment option by following well planned protocols which equip patients and family to make a right decision bases on their health and values.
- Social work: Licensed clinical social workers at our facility work closely with patients, their families and friends affected by the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, by assisting them in dealing with psychological or social barriers and providing appropriate resources in the community that they can attain.
- Spiritual Support: Round Rock Medical Center Chaplains are available at all times to our cancer patients, their families and friends to provide spiritual support that is respectful of each individual’s spirituality, religions beliefs, privacy and dignity. Our Chaplains can be reached 24/7 at (512) 896-8599.
- Dietary and nutritional services: Registered Dieticians meet with our cancer patients primarily affected with symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, and malnutrition and give counseling regarding specific diet modifications by means of healthy food and nutrition, physical activity and weight management.
- Physical and Occupational therapy: Our Physical and Occupational Therapists help patients with symptoms of muscle wasting and fatigue by rehabilitation programs to regain normal function by improving physical function.
- Financial Counseling: Our financial special team is ready to work with our cancer patients whether you are covered by insurance or paying for your own care to answer all your financial questions and to ensure that the billing and payment process will as smooth as possible.
St. David’s Round Rock Medical partnered with other organizations in the community to provide cancer awareness education and screenings in 2012. According to the 2012 data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, breast cancer and colorectal cancer have a growing incidence and mortality rate in Williamson County.
In October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. David’s Round Rock partnered with Texas Oncology, Brushy Creek Community Center, American Cancer Society, and the Breast Cancer Resource Center to provide an education seminar on breast cancer awareness, genetic testing, and cancer prevention. Dr. Beth Hellerstedt, Oncologist with Texas Oncology, was our guest speaker. Information and educational tools were available to the participants to increase their awareness of breast cancer and what steps to take to determine personal risks.
In September, St. David’s Round Rock partnered with Brushy Creek Family Physicians, American Cancer Society, and the YMCA to provide colorectal screening kits. Participants were provided a home screening kit and once completed, mailed it into the hospital for laboratory testing. Approximately 25 kits were distributed and of those, 100% of the results were negative. Participants were encouraged to have regular exams with their primary care physician because screening does not take the place of a regular physical exam.