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Cancer Center Outcomes – 2017

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program that provides a level of medical expertise that adheres to standard national guidelines as it provides its patients with a personal level of commitment and compassionate care.

The top five cancers treated in 2017 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center were:

1. Lung
2. Breast
3. Prostate
4. Colorectal
5. Urinary Bladder

Breast Cancer - Mammography 

In total, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center treated 36 breast cancer patients in 2017, representing 14.7% of total oncology cases annually.

In 2017 St. Mary's Regional Medical Center provided 10,009 mammograms.  The callback rate was 13.8%.  (The National Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) Benchmark is between 12-14%.) We offered three Saturday screening events in 2017; nine attended.

MHACO Quality Heat Map

Lung Cancer

In 2017 St. Mary's provided 76 screenings.  38 initial.

Category 1:        11
Category 2:        49
Category 3:        9
Category 4a:      1
Category 4b:      1

In total, we treated 38 lung cancer patients in 2017, representing 15.5% of total oncology cases.

Colorectal Cancer

In 2017, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center was the first member of the MaineHealth Cancer Network to meet the pledged goal with the American Cancer Society of 80% patients screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center performed 1,772 colonoscopies and 17 Flexible Sigmoids in 2017.  Of these, 14 were diagnosed with colon cancer, which is 5.7% of total cancer cases seen at St. Mary's. Five were diagnosed with rectal cancer, which is 2% of total cancer cases seen. 

2017 Studies of Quality and Improvement

In 2017, various studies of quality and improvement were performed to increase patient safety and satisfaction.  A self-care curriculum was put in place for staff that included stress reduction and relaxation techniques.  Pastoral care works with staff to minimize caregiver fatigue and improve staff engagement.  Education on port access was provided to all nurses through the annual skills fair so patients can have ports accessed throughout the organization. Data is being collected on every cancer patient undergoing active treatment that receive care in the Emergency Department and the nurse navigator calls the patient as follow up. Data is being collected on the number of PET scans being referred to another facility to measure the need for increased availability of PET Scan at St. Mary's.  Described, is a portion of the great work being done to meet the needs of our patients seen at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


St. Mary's Health System • 93 Campus Avenue • Lewiston, ME 04240