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Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital Offers New Technology to Help Cancer Survivors

01 October, 2009

Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital Offers New Technology to Help Cancer Survivors – Survivorship Tool Facilitates Follow-Up Treatment and Screening for Secondary Cancers

Richmond, VA – Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital at Johnston-Willis Hospital has launched a Cancer Survivorship Program complete for the internet age with a web-based medical management tool that links the patient, their primary care provider and their oncology specialists to drive better patient care.

The American Cancer Society estimates the total number of survivors today to be between 12 and 14 million people worldwide with new cancer survivors estimated at over 1.4 million in 2008. At Thomas John Cancer Hospital, more than 20,000 cancer survivors are being tracked with 1,800 active new cancer cases per year. The survivorship program at Thomas Johns has begun with breast cancer survivors and will expand to prostate, brain, and colorectal cancer survivors later this year. Debbie Jeter, RN, was the first patient enrolled in the survivorship program.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I was overwhelmed. I am so grateful that there is a program to help keep me on the right road after my surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation were completed,” said Jeter. “I feel more secure knowing that Tricia and the Thomas Johns’ team is helping me and other cancer survivors keep track of which doctors to see and when.

The team engaged Varian Medical Systems to offer the case management software for cancer survivorship. Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital is the first care provider to host the system, known as EQUICARE CS™, the first software system of its kind to provide for management and long-term follow-up of cancer patients post treatment.

Keeping patients engaged and helping to provide access to physicians, hospital programs and services is fundamental after patients complete their treatment,” said Tricia Cox, Cancer Nurse Practitioner, who coordinates the survivorship program at Thomas Johns.

Because many people who have had one type of cancer are more prone to get other types, a system such as EQUICARE proactively prompts patients to get needed screenings. The program also engages the primary care physician in the care being provided by oncology specialists to help manage side effects or other illnesses. When a patient has cancer they may go several months and not see their primary care physician, but their ongoing issues such as cholesterol or diabetes management can be seriously affected by cancer treatments. By enabling all physicians to have immediate access to the complete spectrum a care, other health problems can be resolved more quickly.

”This EQUICARE CS software is not only exciting for our cancer hospital, but for cancer survivors and clinicians everywhere,” said Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital Administrator Steven Castle. “The system will enable our team to generate a customized care plan for each survivor and the web-based tools to facilitate scheduled follow-up, earlier intervention and ultimately lower long term healthcare cost for survivors. Now that we have this system in place some the nation’s largest academic medical centers are coming here to see it in action.

About CJW Medical Center

CJW Medical Center has 758 beds on its two campuses. Chippenham Hospital, in the city of Richmond, offers a state-designated level III trauma center, The Levinson Heart Hospital and Tucker Pavilion; while Johnston-Willis Hospital, in Chesterfield County, offers the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital and the Neuroscience & Gamma Knife Center. CJW Medical Center is a member of HCA Virginia Health System. www.CJWMedical.com

About HCA Virginia Health System – Central Virginia Market

With 1,800 beds, more than 6,600 employees and 1,600 affiliated physicians, the Central Virginia team of HCA Virginia Health System is the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider and one of the largest private employers in Central Virginia. In Central Virginia, HCA Virginia Health System operates six hospital campuses along with freestanding surgery, imaging and family health centers. Our hospitals include Chippenham Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, John Randolph Medical Center, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Parham Doctors’ Hospital and Retreat Doctors’ Hospital. Both CJW Medical Center and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital have been named HealthGrades ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ in 2007 and 2008. They are the only Virginia hospitals to earn this distinction two years in a row. For more information or to select a physician, please contact 804-320-DOCS or visit www.HCAvirginia.com.

About Varian Medical Systems:

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X- ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 4,600 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 60 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit www.varian.com.

About Cogent Health Solutions:

Cogent is a developer of disease case management software, solutions, and services for health care providers, patients and patient families. Improved survivorship care is critical to managing outcomes of life threatening diseases like cancer. The promise of more effective surveillance and ongoing structured evidence-based care, will provide for better patient outcomes, and healthcare system efficiency gains. This is the opportunity that fuels our drive to achieve. Cogent is focused on setting the new benchmark for patient management in cancer treatment facilities around the globe. www.cogenths.com

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