The surgical oncology division at Greenville Health System (GHS) is committed to the care of patients with cancer and to providing the newest treatment available. This commitment is exemplified by the collaboration between physicians involved in the daily care of cancer patients. The surgical oncology division is also dedicated to research and education, which benefit both patients and families.
The division includes surgeons with fellowship training in several fields, including surgical oncology, thoracic surgery, breast surgery, and endocrine surgery. Our surgeons’ emphasis on personalized and comprehensive cancer treatment has established the GHS surgical oncology department as the region’s leading choice for cancer surgery and care, drawing patients from Greenville, Asheville, Columbia, and areas throughout the Southeast.
GHS Division of Surgical Oncology
The Surgical Oncology division has two fellowship-trained surgical oncologists and a dedicated Thoracic Surgery Service. As part of GHS’ Total Cancer Care program, these surgeons actively participate in the Multidisciplinary Center (MDC) where patients receive one-stop multispecialty evaluation and advanced care. For more information or to refer a patient, call (864) 455-1200.
Multidisciplinary Center (MDC)
The MDC is at the heart of GHS’ cancer care strategy, offering patients a dedicated team of cancer specialists. This group includes medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, and nurse navigators. The team is able to evaluate each patient in a single office setting and speed the process of providing a treatment plan. MDC programs are available for Thoracic (lung and esophageal), breast, GI (liver, pancreas, colon), soft tissue (sarcoma and melanoma), Neurosurgery, and ENT. Please call (864) 455-4968 for appointments. The MDC is located at 890 West Faris Rd, Suite 320.
“GHS surgeons are committed to providing the highest quality and most current cancer care possible. The team concept of the Multidisciplinary Center makes these goals obtainable for every patient.”
James E. Stephenson, M.D.
With programs like the MDC and ongoing participation in research, the surgical oncology department strives to bring the best practices in cancer care and cancer surgery to the region. This commitment draws patients from Greenville, Asheville, Columbia, and areas throughout the Southeast.
Treatment recommendations follow NCCN guidelines and consideration of participation in clinical trails with the Cancer Treatment Center. MDC programs are in place for:
- Thoracic (lung and esophageal)
- GI (liver, pancreas, colon)
- Neurosurgery (brain)
- Soft tissue (sarcoma and melanoma)
Multidisciplinary Breast Health Program
The Breast Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services including digital mammography, breast MRI with biopsy capabilities, and other image-guided biopsy techniques.
The center is staffed by four radiologists that limit their clinical practice to breast imaging and biopsies. The Breast Health Center is adjacent to the imaging center and offers a full range of benign breast care by a team of surgeons dedicated to seeing only women with concerns about their breast health. The proximity of the radiologists and surgeons ensures close, team-oriented interactions and treatment recommendations.
The Breast MDC brings together physicians and services from many specialties including surgery, medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, fertility specialists, and genetic counselors. The goal is to provide the most advanced breast cancer care while eliminating the delays that many patients experience in the course of diagnosis to treatment. Please call 454-8282 for appointments. The Breast Health Center is located at 200 Patewood Dr., Suite 14-A
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The need for colorectal surgery is growing as the population ages. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, behind lung and breast cancer. Approximately 52,000 people die annually from colon cancer in the U.S. While the number of new colon cancer cases is steadily declining, thanks in part to more screening, there still are more than 165,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is equally common in men and women. An estimated 148,810 people will be diagnosed this year, and an estimated 49,960 people will die from the disease. With early detection it is also one of the most preventable cancers because it develops from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous. It’s important to know your risk and get a colonoscopy screening.
Screening is crucial to prevent colon cancer or eliminate it in the earliest stages. Despite more education about the importance of colonoscopies, less than half of the U.S. population eligible for screenings will be screened this year. This statistic is particularly unfortunate because the cure rate for colorectal cancers is about 70 percent, much higher than the rate for many types of cancer.
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Know your Risk
- Men and women age 50 and older
- People who use tobacco, are obese and are sedentary
- People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps
- People with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as long-standing ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
- People with a family history of inherited colorectal cancer
The physicians of Greenville Health System University Medical Center encourage you to schedule a colonoscopy through your primary care physician or by calling 1-877-GHS INFO (447-4636).
The GHS Oncology Multidisciplinary Center (MDC) approach to cancer treatment means that patients are evaluated quickly and fast-tracked through the many imaging studies and physician visits they need. Physicians who refer patients with abnormal chest X-rays or CT scans can rest assured those patients will be evaluated promptly. In its imaging portfolio, GHS offers the latest in endobronchial ultrasound technology for staging pulmonary and esophageal cancers.
Another factor that enhances thoracic surgery at GHS is the large number of physician subspecialists interested in thoracic care and actively involved in patient treatment plans. Thoracic surgeons meet weekly with other physicians who make up the MDC team, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists.
Thoracic surgeons also collaborate closely with pulmonary specialists and pathologists in the care of patients with cancerous and noncancerous diseases. Examples of noncancerous procedures include tissue biopsy for analysis of interstitial lung disease, sympathectomies for treatment of hyperhidrosis and removal of thymomas.
“We have a dedicated team who treat patients with thoracic problems on a daily basis” Dr. Stephenson said.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Experience
Drs. Ben-Or, Bolton and Stephenson are among the few surgeons in the Upstate who can perform minimally invasive pulmonary and esophageal resections. These operations, performed using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) techniques, enable patients to spend less time with chest tubes postoperatively and shorten the hospital stay. There also is much less pain associated with VATS than with thoracotomy.
The sooner patients recover from surgery, the sooner they can start postoperative cancer treatment, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Thus, a speedier recovery enabled by minimally invasive surgical techniques can lead to better overall cancer treatment outcomes. For information or to refer a patient, call (864) 455-4YOU.