Roper St. Francis Cancer Care believes that comprehensive support services are integral to our mission of healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence. Cancer can take a toll emotionally, spiritually, financially, as well as physically. We encourage patients and their families to use our support services, and to let us know if there are further ways we can assist on your cancer journey.
Patient Resource Center
Our Cancer Patient Resource Center located in the 5th Floor Atrium offers a variety of literature including diagnosis-specific brochures and pamphlets, nutrition and treatment information as well as information on financial resources. We also provide free Internet access to online cancer information.
The Cancer Registry is an electronic database of information from medical records of patients diagnosed and/or treated for cancer within the Roper St. Francis Healthcare system. Our Cancer Center Registry dates from January 1, 1992, with over 23,954 cases entered since that time, 20,750 of which were newly diagnosed cases treated January 1, 1992 or later. Cancer registries provide data that serve as a valuable research tool for understanding the development, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Registry data also may point to risk factors leading to the development of cancer and help signal the need for preventive measures, which can help reduce the burden of cancer. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and other National Organizations govern the information collected for the database. Examples of the data elements collected include demographic data, cancer site, histology, staging, treatment information and follow-up data.
At the end of the year, the Cancer Registry submits data to the SC Central Cancer Registry and the National Cancer Data Base. Our cancer center benchmarks its data annually against these other data to measure performance. Different cancer sites are reviewed by treatment and stage to determine survival rates and how our statistics compare to the state and nationwide data. Strict confidentiality is maintained at all times. An essential component of the Registry is providing lifetime follow-up of cancer patients, allowing for early detection, evidence of recurrent cancer or identification of a new primary malignancy. This follow-up serves as an automatic reminder to physicians and patients to schedule regular physical exams, assuring continued medical supervision. Annual patient follow-up is required by state and national accrediting agencies.