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Cancer Center Ribbon Cutting Brings Hope to Patients and Staff

Summary by Body System and Best CS/AJCC Stage Report (PDF)

Expanded Radiation Oncology Department Brings Upgrades for Center for Cancer Care

New Mammography Reporting and Tracking Systems Optimize Patient Care

Research Cures Cancer

The Cancer Resource Center: Meeting the Needs of Our Patients and the Community

St. Luke's Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Oncology Conferences Promote Knowledge and Learning in the St. Louis Community

St. Luke's Hospital 2013 Community Screening, Prevention and Education Programs

Focus on Quality: Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment at St. Luke's Hospital

"This feels like home. It feels like they care and they want you to get better."

"I was not treated like a number, a case, a tumor. I was treated as a person who happened to have cancer."

Oncology Steering Committee (PDF)

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New Mammography Reporting and Tracking Systems Optimize Patient Care
At St. Luke's Hospital, quality patient care depends on the efficient management and availability of accurate information. As our systems become more complex and the amount of available data increase, a comprehensive information management system which helps patient communication and tracking for the department are crucial.

PenRad, launched in June, 2013, allows our team to manage more images, data and protocols on a daily basis within our women's imaging program. The PenRad system also enhances reporting and management of clinical data which ultimately optimizes patient care. In addition, the PenRad system facilitates the tracking and printing of exams, the management of patient reminder letters, the production of audit reports, the flagging of unresolved exams and helps with pathology correlation. It also allows for patient demographics, appointments and order information to be automatically maintained, eliminating the need for manual patient data entry. Finally, and most importantly, this advanced management tool provides our radiologists with the time sensitive information needed to maximize productivity when interpreting and reporting complex studies. The key is quantifiable data. This unique design feature allows our team to automatically flag high-risk patients for additional screening or follow-up based on collected data. This is extremely important for women in high-risk groups so we can improve the overall quality of care to that group of patients.

Another technological advance the cancer team now utilizes is called Volpara. Volpara is a program that analyzes the digital breast images and provides both a breast density measurement and category automatically. This allows us to provide a breast density score while the patient is still present and gives our radiologists another important diagnostic tool when analyzing exams. All data captured by Volpara is also stored with the patient record and can be further analyzed as well.

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