Southeast Cancer Center
The Southeast Regional Health Screening Program is a rural-based program that uses a mobile medical vehicle to perform vital health screenings.
The program provides underserved residents the opportunity to receive the cancer screening services they need, when they need them. The program specifically targets citizens in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties in Alabama, and those living in southwest Georgia and northwest Florida who have limited or no access to regular breast, prostate and colorectal cancer screenings.
The 40-foot mobile medical vehicle is equipped with a screening mammography suite, an education area and a laboratory. Screening for breast, prostate and colorectal cancers can be done easily, and if detected in the earliest stages treatment options are greater.
MONTHLY SCREENING SCHEDULE
The Southeast Regional Health Screening Program's mobile unit will visit the following communities this month for digital mammograms, PSA and fecal occult blood kits. All tests are insurance filed. To schedule an appointment for when the mobile unit is in your area call 34-793-8006 or 800-524-1537.
June 3, 2013 Lyster Ft. Rucker 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
June 4, 2013 Enterprise Medical Clinic 101 Professional Lane Enterprise, AL 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
June 10, 2013 Newville Senior Center 301 Bowden Street Newville, AL 9:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
June 11, 2013 Enterprise Medical Clinic 101 Professional Lane Enterprise, AL 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
June 12, 2013 Lyster Ft. Rucker 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
June 13, 2013 SARHA (Dr. Center) 1414 Elba Hwy, Troy, AL 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
June 17, 2013 Lyster Ft. Rucker 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
June 18, 2013 Enterprise Medical Clinic 101 Professional Lane Enterprise, AL 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
June 19, 2013 Ashford Senior Center 409 County Rd 33N. Ashford, AL 9:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
June 24, 2013Clay County Medical (Dr. Kinsell) 305 Washington St. Ft. Gaines, GA 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. (EST)
June 25, 2013 Slocomb Family Health 162 S. Dalton St. Slocomb, AL 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
June 26, 2013 Pioneer Community Hospital 11740 Columbia St. Blakely, GA 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. (EST)
June 27, 2013 Miller County Hospital 209 N. Culbert St. Colquitt, GA 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. (EST)
- Screening mammograms for breast cancer.
- Fecal blood testing for colon cancer.
- PSA tests for prostate cancer.
- Assistance getting more testing and treatment if needed.
RESULTS AND COSTS
A doctor's referral is not needed for the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program. Test results can be mailed to your doctor and to your home within 10 business days.
All costs for the screenings are covered by insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. Please bring your insurance card with you when you come for your screening. Patients are responsible for co-pays and deductibles.
LARGE SERVICE AREA
The Southeast Regional Health Screening Program's mobile medical unit has provided health education and/or screenings for:
- Senior centers in southeast Alabama.
- Rural physician clinics
- Rural hospitals
- Nursing homes/assisted living facilities
- Military community at Ft. Rucker
- General public
To schedule a screening, call 334-793-8006 or 1-800-548-1537.
Cancer patients in this region now have expanded access to leading-edge clinical trials at Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) through an affiliation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham's
(UAB) Cancer Care Network.
SAMC is the first and only hospital in the state to be a clinical and research network cancer site affiliated with UAB.
"Our patients will continue to receive the comprehensive quality cancer care offered by SAMC and Southeast Cancer Care Network," said Ronald S. Owen, SAMC Chief Executive Officer. "The clinical affiliation of these two highly respected cancer programs will provide area patients access to an enhanced level of services. The clinical trial and initiatives will be administered at SAMC allowing patients to stay at home rather than traveling to Birmingham."
Breast cancer patient Melinda McClendon said she nearly burst into tears after hearing about the new affiliation. The Dothan native was treated locally by Dr. Steve Stokes, and was referred to UAB where she was part of a clinical trial.
"I had to drive to Birmingham every three weeks and the drive home I was nauseated and emotionally drained," she said. "I thought, 'If I could just go to the Medical Center for this.' This affiliation is the greatest marriage. I almost wore a bridesmaid's dress today.
"This is a big deal, a fantastic deal for cancer patients in this area."
Dr. Ed Partridge, Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, said he was excited to see the UAB affiliation sign out front of the Southeast Cancer Center Network.
"Our goal is for every patient to receive the highest quality cancer care they can – with that care delivered right at home if possible. We've had our eyes on the Medical Center for a long time. I knew Dr. Steve Stokes was here and I knew the quality of care that was here. We wanted you to be an institution of affiliation."
SAMC's cancer center is nationally recognized by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and provides compassionate, attentive care for more than 800 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year as well as recurrent patients with ongoing treatment needs. An experienced team of board certified physician specialists and oncology professionals provides an array of state-of-the-art cancer diagnosis and treatment options to meet the wide ranging needs of cancer patients.
Only one in four hospitals nationally that treat cancer patients receives CoC approval. Recognition is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The affiliation with UAB will allow SAMC to collaborate with UAB Cancer Care Network to jointly pursue high-quality patient outcomes, improved access to early detection and treatment, and enhanced patient satisfaction.
Research site affiliation is a process that begins with a readiness assessment of SAMC's oncology services' preparedness for administering clinical trials. The readiness assessment will ensure the integrity of the quality standards related to the specifications of the scientific guidelines defined in the clinical trials. The readiness assessment will be performed by UAB and the certification to conduct clinical trials will be administered by a third-party governing agency.
Once the readiness assessment is successfully completed, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center will work closely with SAMC to support its cancer program's growth by providing access to UAB's best practices in cancer care, access to clinical trials and support services, physician and nursing education and access to research expertise and resources.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and the Deep South and one of only 40 in the nation. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the internationally recognized provider of oncology clinical guidelines, standards and protocols.
SAMC Cancer Facts
- SAMC treated 1,085 cancer cases – more than any other hospital in the region.
- We have two satellite locations – Marianna, FL and Enterprise.
- Of the 1,085 cases, 604 were male and 481 were female.
- Breast cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among women treated at SAMC with 214 cases.
- Prostate cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among men treated at SAMC with 185 cases.
- Lung Cancer was second most diagnosed cancer treated at SAMC with a total of 174 cases diagnosed in men and women – 103 men/71 women.
Source: Southeast Cancer Center's 2010 Annual Report
General Cancer Statistics
- It is estimated that about 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
- In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths.
- One of every two men and one of every three women will get cancer in their lifetimes.
- Overall cancer rates are higher for whites and blacks than for Asians/Pacific Islanders.
- Approximately 5 percent of cancers are hereditary.
- Lung cancer is the most common fatal cancer in men and women.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men of all races, followed by lung cancer and colorectal cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women, regardless of race.
- More than one million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
- About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in patients aged 55 or older.
- For children aged 14 and younger, the most common cancers are leukemias. Today, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with leukemia survive.
- Fewer than 5 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer will participate in a clinical trial. Lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers have the highest number of clinical trials devoted to them -- more than 40 percent of all clinical trials.
- More than 30 percent of cancer could be prevented. Tobacco use, alcohol use, poor diet, and physical inactivity have been shown to provide increased risk in developing cancer.
- The five year relative survival rate for female breast cancer patients has improved from 63 percent in the early 1960s to 90 percent today.
- Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy during their illness.
- About 11.1 million Americans are cancer survivors.
Sources: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health, and World Health Organization