Screening for Breast, Lung, Colorectal and Prostate Cancer
Our powerful screening and genetic assessment programs can help people identify cancer in earlier stages when it is most curable.
We use the most advanced cancer screening protocols and technology at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, health parks and imaging locations throughout our community.
We encourage men to have their PSA levels checked by a urologist on a regular basis to screen for prostate cancer and for women to have regular visits with their gynecological healthcare provider to have pap smears at the recommended times. To learn more about our cancer screening and genetic risk assessment programs, click on the links below:
Surgeons are often the first cancer physician a person will see because they often perform diagnostic surgery to determine if someone has cancer. It’s important to have a highly experienced cancer surgeon, because they often perform life-saving cancer surgery for a variety of cancers. Wellstar Kennestone Hospital’s surgeons are historically the first in the region to offer minimally-invasive and other leading-edge procedures for many cancer disease types; have a high volume of experience; and serve as teachers of other subspecialists in their fields.
Our leading cancer surgeons offer patients a variety of minimally-invasive procedures including robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS). Wellstar Kennestone’s surgeons are known for leading in various specialized complex procedures such as the robotic pancreatomy, the robotic Whipple and cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC).
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We believe people with cancer deserve to have experienced radiation oncologists with access to the most advanced technology and techniques. Our specialists offer individualized care with state-of-the-art technology including CyberKnife, TrueBeam, TomoTherapy and high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. These therapies precisely target cancer and spare healthy tissue anywhere in the body.
Wellstar Cancer Center at Kennestone Hospital is the only cancer treatment center in Atlanta with CyberKnife technology, and our team has the highest volume of CyberKnife experience in Georgia. CyberKnife enables us to perform stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). It can be used to treat cancers anywhere in the body.
While we can target every type of cancer with a variety of radiotherapy tools, our program offers treatments that are not widely available, such as a short-course SBRT for prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer. Patients can also have highly specialized HDR brachytherapy for skin cancer and gynecological cancers such as cervical, uterine and vaginal cancer.
For breast cancer, our program leads the state with the highest volume of experience in accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). This faster radiation treatment option for women with early-stage breast cancer is delivered in just five days using HDR brachytherapy. Our modern equipment allows patients with breast cancer to lie prone – or chest-down – for treatment, which can decrease radiation exposure to the heart and lungs.
No matter what type of cancer you have, our specialists will offer you individualized care with state-of-the-art technology so you can get back to life.
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With the largest team of medical oncologists in the Wellstar Cancer Network, our physicians have a high degree of specialization and experience in treating specific tumor types. We employ the latest in genetically-based biomarker testing and targeted therapies, immunotherapy and chemotherapy.
Led by knowledgeable medical oncologists, our Cancer Center is the hub for research and clinical trials to fight various types of cancer. We are known for providing groundbreaking treatments to patients, often years before FDA approval.
Patients find a higher level of comfort in the modern infusion center at the Wellstar Cancer Center at Kennestone Hospital. Semi-private bays, entertainment cabinets, dimmable lighting, motorized seating and automatic doors make the chemotherapy experience more comfortable. Our onsite pharmacy specializes in oncology and hematology drugs for patients’ convenience and is dual-accredited with oncology distinctions by URAC and ACHC, international accreditation organizations.
Because our patients are at the center of everything we do, we are currently redesigning our oncology offices and service areas to create the best patient experience. The renovation is slated for completion in 2021.
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Wellstar Kennestone Hospital’s leading cancer specialists created STAT Clinics, the most patient-centric care model. STAT Clinics bring you best-in-class multidisciplinary care. Here, the patient truly is at the center of a treatment plan and the physicians come to you. Patients and their families benefit from meeting multiple specialists meeting together on the same day, being involved in their diagnosis and treatment plan design, and ultimately, starting treatment faster. Visit our STAT Clinic pages to learn more:
Click the Tumor Boards tab to the left to learn about the specialized level of multidisciplinary care we provide for patients with a variety of cancers.
Tumor Boards at Kennestone: Specialized Multidisciplinary Care
At a typical tumor board conference, physicians come together to discuss a variety of cancer cases, ranging from breast cancer to brain cancer to rectal cancer and others. However, because Wellstar Kennestone Hospital is a high-volume cancer treatment center, our weekly tumor boards are subspecialized, focusing on specific cancer types which leads to better outcomes for patients. Physicians throughout the Wellstar footprint are able to present their cases at these subspecialized tumor boards as well.
Our multidisciplinary tumor boards are attended by every type of physician who has involvement with the patient to bring about the best possible care. They partner to review, diagnose and offer a consensus on personalized treatment. Patients benefit because these physicians see a higher volume of specific cancer types and have a higher level of experience and expertise. Our tumor board programs include:
- General tumor boards for all cancers
- Subspecialized tumor boards:
Many patients at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital say they could not imagine care without their nurse navigator. Nurse navigators are registered nurses trained in specific clinical areas and bring a highly personalized level of guidance and support to each patient and family members from initial diagnosis through post-treatment follow up.
Patients have the opportunity to meet with a trained cancer dietitian and develop a personalized dietary plan. Oncology registered-dietitians at Wellstar Kennestone help patients build and maintain their weight as they go through cancer treatment. Patients can attend healthy nutrition events in our modern demonstration kitchen with Wellstar’s dietitians and renowned chefs throughout the year.
The Wellstar Kennestone Cancer Center features the Calm Waters Café, providing healthy nutrition options to patients, patients’ families and team members for breakfast and lunch.
Oncology social worker
Your oncology-certified social worker at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital focuses on strategies to empower and improve your quality of life during treatment and beyond. Support from an oncology-certified social worker can include short-term counseling, groups and connections to psychological therapy. Cancer can affect many different parts of life, and we can help you adjust to your diagnosis. We provide guidance and education on how to share this information with your family, friends and community. Our social worker can also connect patients and families with community resources and help you navigate financial programs and services that may help you.
Psychiatric & psychological therapy
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital offers patients the opportunity to work with an oncology-trained psychologist, psychiatrist or counselor. These support team members can help patients, couples and families cope with cancer and treatment side effects as well as pre-existing conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Recognizing that spirituality is an important part of healing and facing cancer, the cancer center at Kennestone houses the Rick Gray Family Chapel. The bright and modern space is a peaceful retreat where patients and their families can pray and spiritually recharge. Spiritual care is provided by chaplains from Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, who often meet with patients in the cancer center for support.
Peer support is an important part of survivorship. A number of cancer-specific support groups give patients the opportunity to learn from others and share experiences. They benefit from staying emotionally healthy. Your nurse navigator can assist you in connecting with your peers.
Learn more about our support services for people with cancer.
Heart Care for People with Cancer
Recent research has found a connection between cancer and cardiovascular health, leading to the creation of cardio-oncology. This new, highly specialized field of study focuses on the link between cancer and heart disease and how to optimize patients’ health. Cardio-oncologists are cardiologists with training in cardiovascular disease who have additional knowledge of how cancer therapies affect the heart.
Our cardio-oncologists help people receive the most appropriate cancer therapies while managing their risk for heart complications.
Learn more about cardio-oncology at Wellstar.