Survivorship Starts Day One
CIOS is one of the first of its kind in the nation; providing a holistic approach to increase quality of life and decrease potential cancer risks. The center houses a multidisciplinary team of professionals consisting of physicians, nurses and other health professionals that either provide direct services or referrals for patients throughout their cancer experience.
“Survivorship begins when a patient is diagnosed and continues throughout treatment and beyond. That’s why it’s important to treat the whole patient – not just their physical needs,” says Dr. Mark O’Rourke, medical director of CIOS. “Cancer is not a simple disease. Survivorship is about healing each person and helping improve quality of life.”
“Research shows that social and emotional support is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis,” says Dr. Larry Gluck, medical director of GHS’ Cancer Institute.
During your first visit, you will have a consult with an oncology nurse practitioner to answer questions on integrative therapies and help guide your program choices. The nurse practitioner will not only address your physical needs, but your emotional and social needs as well. You will be educated on long-term side effects of treatment and national guideline recommendations for cancer screenings.
The center is designed to empower patients to navigate through the cancer experience and have the best quality of life possible. To schedule a visit, have your provider refer you, or for more information, call (864) 455-1346.
Complementary therapies, in concert with traditional therapies, provide holistic, patient-centered care encompassing mind, body and spirit.
CIOS endorses acupuncture in clinical research trials at the GHS Cancer Institute and by referrals to Oriental Medicine Associates. Cancer survivors are eligible for a free 15-minute consultation with Will Hendry, DOM, to learn more about acupuncture/oriental medicine. Call (864) 365-6156 to schedule your free consultation.
Systematic manipulation of muscles and connective tissues that improves blood flow to the heart and lymph flow throughout the body. Massage therapy is provided by a certified oncology-trained massage therapist. To schedule an appointment or for additional information, call (864) 455-4231.
QuitSmart Smoking Cessation Program
QuitSmart nurse practitioners (NPs) at CIOS will manage medications for smoking cessation and work with your GHS network of care. Smoking cessation is associated with many health benefits including a reduced risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and other respiratory symptoms like coughing and wheezing. For more information, please call (864) 455-5219.
Cancer Support Community
CIOS is pleased to integrate the evidence-based programs and services of Cancer Support Community (CSC), a leader in psychosocial oncology, into our cancer care delivery model. GHS Cancer Institute is proud to have been the first hospital to partner with CSC in June of 2012. The mission of CSC perfectly complements that of GHS to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
Lifetime Clinics offer a new model of long-term follow-up care for cancer survivors. Here, they receive periodic surveillance tests according to the national guidelines for their type of cancer and are monitored for new cancer.
Additional services include:
- Screening for delayed toxicities and management of long term effects from treatments
- Specialty referrals (if needed) for post treatment issues
- Orders and coordinates recommended follow-up tests for each particular cancer and treatment based on national guidelines
- Assessment and recommendations for healthy life style modifications regarding nutrition and exercise
- Screening recommendations and counseling to minimize risk of second independent cancers
- Cancer prevention counseling including risk reduction for environmental risk factors
- Cancer genetic testing and cancer genomics referrals as appropriate based on latest research recommendations
- Survivorship research opportunities as available (quality of life, integrative therapies)
Adult Lifetime Clinic
Patients must be in the third stage of survivorship, which means they have completed therapeutic treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) but still may be on hormonal therapy and have no evidence of active cancer.
Gynecologic Oncology Lifetime Clinic
This clinic includes all curable women’s primary cancers (ovarian, uterine and cervical). Survivors are provided follow-up gynecologic exams and offered help regarding issues specific to the treatment of these cancers.
Adolescent and Young Adult Lifetime Clinic
As with the other lifetime clinics, patients must have completed therapeutic treatments. This clinic provides care for two populations:
- Survivors diagnosed and treated between the ages of 15-39
- Survivors treated for childhood cancers who are currently adults between the ages of 15-39
While managing patients the Nurse Practitioner will follow national guidelines tailored to the patient’s age, diagnosis, and treatment received.
Learn more about Lifetime Clinics by listening to the podcast below.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and worldwide. Approximately 85% of lung cancer occurs in current or former tobacco smokers.
Screening examinations are tests performed to find disease before symptoms begin. Current recommendations for lung cancer screening are based on risk factors for lung cancer. Lung cancer risk factors include: smoking tobacco; exposure to radon, asbestos or other cancer-causing agents; family history of lung cancer; personal history of a smoking related cancer; certain chronic lung diseases.
Individuals at an increased risk of developing lung cancer should meet the following criteria:
- 55-77 years old with 30 pack years smoking history*
- Current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years
- No symptoms of lung cancer and willing and able to undergo treatment if necessary
*To calculate pack years multiply years smoked x average packs/day smoked
Potential Screening Benefits: Effective research proven screening exam; early diagnosis which can lead to improved outcomes; non-invasive testing; decreased radiation exposure.
Potential Screening Risks: False positive test results; false negative test results; finding late-stage cancer; overtreatment including additional tests or procedures; radiation exposure.
Computed tomography (CT) scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Low-dose CT (LDCT) scans produce images of sufficient quality to detect many lung diseases or abnormalities but use up to 70% less radiation than a regular CT scan. The scan is normally performed while lying on your back on a table. No IV or oral contrast medications are required for LDCTs.
Below are current statistics of findings through the CIOS Lung Cancer Screening program
Lung Cancer Alliance
The Cancer Institute’s Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship of Greenville Health System has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. This center is one of five in the state of South Carolina and of the 250 nationally recognized sites.
Schedule Your Screening
Call 1-844-GHS-DOCS (447-3627) to schedule your screening appointment today.
Philanthropy and Partnership
CIOS is advancing cancer care through donor gifts and partnerships. The Office of Philanthropy & Partnership, the philanthropic arm of Greenville Health System, seeks gifts of time, talent and treasure from the community.
The gift of your time is invaluable. We depend on volunteers to help us deliver an all around positive patient experience.
The information and resources below are tools for your journey through survivorship.
- ACS Survivorship
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Cancer Society
- ASCO Survivorship
- Cancer Support Community
- National Cancer Institute
- Leukemia Lymphoma Society
- NCI Survivorship
- Diarrhea Nutrition Therapy
- Dry Mouth Nutrition Therapy
- Low-Fiber Nutrition Therapy
- High Calorie & Protein Therapy
- Caregivers Toolkit (Spanish)
- Livestrong Survivorship
- Survive and Thrive Resource Directory
- CDC Survivorship
- MD Anderson Survivorship
- Society for Integrative Oncology
- Calcium Content of Foods List
- Vegan Sources of Calcium
- Getting your Vitamin D
- How to Stay Healthy
- Weight Watchers Free Food List
- Adopting a Plant-based Diet
- Sugar and its Role in Cancer
"They saved my life."
Laura Getty, a patient of one of our clinical programs, is grateful for the quick thinking of our exceptional surgeons and the innovative treatment that she received.