A Team Approach
Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit
The battle against cancer is fought on many fronts. In addition to healing the body, it's important to treat the mind and spirit as well. At St. Vincent's expertise, technology, and compassionate care work to heal the whole self.
Today, St. Vincent's Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center brings together physicians, nurses, technologists, and pharmacists representing such specialties as medical oncology, radiation oncology, general surgery, radiology, hematology, Physical Therapy, internal medicine, GYN oncology, pathology, and more in a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide easy, convenient access to SVHC cancer services and medical experts. Select services are also offered at St. Vincent's Southside.
Treatment Panel/ Tumor Board
The Cancer Treatment Panel is perhaps one of the most unique features of our cancer program. Physicians can bring any cancer case to a Cancer Treatment Panel that meets twice a week for a treatment planning. Doctors form a multidisciplinary team that reviews cases and discusses patients' diagnoses and various options for treatment. Together, they develop a treatment plan that coordinates all specialties, the results of which positively influence patient care and outcomes. SVHC has one of the few physician treatment panels in the country that deals with cancer cases before treatment.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has approved SVHC's cancer program since 1955. This is a voluntary accreditation much like the Joint Commission. Our program is surveyed every three years to assess compliance with mandatory standards for cancer care, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support, and education of cancer patients.
Breast Health Program
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside is proud to be home to Northeast Florida’s first NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) accredited breast health program. SVMC is one of only five programs in the state to be awarded the elite designation after a lengthy application process and on-site survey by the NAPBC.
For more than 40 years, St. Vincent’s has provided the community with high quality care in the area of breast health. The new accreditation compliments St. Vincent’s full cancer program accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. That accreditation has been in place for more than 50 years.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to centers that voluntarily commit to providing the best possible care to patients with diseases of the breast. Each center applying for NAPBC accreditation undergoes a rigorous application process and on-site survey to assure NAPBC standards are being met.
Cancer Registry / Oncology Data Services
As part of our accreditation, we are required to monitor cancer cases and document follow-up. We keep a database of all patients diagnosed and treated at SVHC to help us keep track of and monitor overall cancer care. We follow each patient throughout his or her lifetime.
The physician-led Cancer Committee is made up of healthcare professionals from areas throughout the organization who come together to review, discuss, and improve patient care and cancer services at SVHC through outreach, education, and process improvement. The committee meets every other month.