Multidisciplinary Programs

FACT The Prisma Health Cancer Institute leads the field with its comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. This multidisciplinary approach is demonstrated in the following programs and services:

Multidisciplinary Clinic (MDC)

  • In one extended visit at the MDC, the patient is seen by a team of specialists, including a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, radiologist, pathologist and nurse navigator. The team discusses treatment options, determines the best course of action and recommends a treatment plan. Then, a physician and the nurse navigator present the recommendations to the patient. The patient, in consultation with the referring physician, decides how to proceed and leaves the visit with a treatment plan in place—all handled in one visit rather than at appointments spread out over weeks and even months as would be the case otherwise.
  • The nurse navigator is available to the patient and the patient’s family through the entire course of treatment and recovery.
  • The MDC also can link patients to groundbreaking clinical trials underway at Prisma Health’ Institute for Translational Oncology Research.
  • Although the Cancer Institute provides treatment for all forms of cancer, the MDC focuses on melanoma-sarcoma and cancers of the lung, brain, breast, prostate, bone and soft-tissue, and gastrointestinal tract.

Learn more about the Prisma Health Multidisciplinary Clinic.

Brain Tumor Center (BTC)

  • The BTC, the one of only two in the state, is focused solely on brain and spinal tumors, providing individualized, compassionate care in one location.
  • This center offers access to needed doctors and specialty services—all in one place.
  • The BTC’s five main components are a dedicated multidisciplinary medical staff, weekly adult neuro-oncology conferences, regular pediatric oncology conferences, a neuro-oncology multidisciplinary clinic (part of the MDC) and clinical trials.

Learn more about Prisma Health Brain Tumor Center.

Breast Health Program

  • The Breast Health Program offers an interdisciplinary team of dedicated breast surgeons, breast reconstructive plastic surgeons and subspecialty-trained dedicated breast imagers.
  • The interdisciplinary teamwork continues with a team of nurse navigators at the surgeon’s office, MDC (Multidisciplinary Clinic) and Radiology, working together to coordinate care for patients with breast cancer.
  • FACT This program is the only in the Upstate offering Savi Scout technology for localizing breast lesions without a wire.
  • FACT This program offers the option for 3D nipple tattooing after mastectomy, available in the Upstate only at Prisma Health.

Learn more about Prisma Health’ss Breast Health Program.

Adolescent and Young Adult program (AYA)

  • The AYA program meets the medical and social needs of AYA (ages 15-39) patients with a multidisciplinary team of a pediatric oncologist, medical oncologist, medical oncology nurse practitioner, a pediatric oncology social worker, and a medical oncology social worker/counselor.
  • Issues addressed include unmet social, financial, psychological and spiritual needs; fertility preservation and sexuality; and cancer genetics referral as appropriate.
  • Referrals are made to clinical trials as appropriate.
  • FACT AYA doctors serve on national AYA committees.

Learn more about Prisma Health’ss Adolescent and Young Adult Program.

Nursing/Patient Care

  • FACT 100% of Prisma Health adult oncology nurses administering chemotherapy are certified in the delivery of chemotherapy.
  • FACT 52% of Prisma Health adult oncology nurses are chemotherapy- and biotherapy-certified, and a percentage of these have at least one other pertinent certification, a demonstration of their commitment to patient care.
  • FACT 30% of Prisma Health adult oncology nurses possess a pertinent oncology certification (not the chemotherapy and biotherapy certification cited above). This percentage is beyond the level (25%) at which the accrediting agency provides commendation.
  • FACT Prisma Health stays abreast of the latest technology not only to treat cancer but also to improve the patient’s quality of life. For example, Prisma Health offers DigniCap/Cool Cap Therapy, which can reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss in patients with solid tumors—many have experienced less than 10% loss.
  • FACT Prisma Health’ therapeutic apheresis unit has two photopheresis machines and 24/7 capability for plasmapheresis, red cell exchange and emergency treatment of leukemias.