Carolinas HealthCare System
Fall 2011

Improving Access to Cancer Care

ROPER ST. FRANCIS CANCER CARE IS PART OF ROPER St. Francis Healthcare, a three-hospital system in Charleston, SC. Key clinical components include two dedicated inpatient medical oncology units at Roper and St. Francis Hospitals, a dedicated bone marrow transplant unit at Roper Hospital, three convenient locations for infusion therapy, three linear accelerators and CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery.

Roper St. Francis Cancer Care was built in 2010, on the campus of St. Francis Hospital, through a partnership between Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Charleston Hematology-Oncology Associates. This 76,000-square-foot outpatient cancer center features radiation therapy, infusion therapy, a PET/CT scanner, a cafe, a retail store, clinical trials program offices and medical office space.

Roper St. Francis Cancer Care treats more than 1,700 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the market leader by volume for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer treatment, with local market share approaching or exceeding 50 percent in each area.

Future Plans

Current strategic objectives include:

  • improving brand awareness
  • growing the share of secondary markets
  • furthering the development of specialized services
  • improving outcomes measurement
  • developing a clinical trials program
  • creating a comprehensive cancer wellness program

Leadership at Roper St. Francis Cancer Care views collaboration with the experts at Levine Cancer Institute as a key step in accomplishing strategic objectives. Levine Cancer Institute is a single, unified enterprise of Carolinas HealthCare System-affiliated cancer programs devoted to excellence in cancer care across the Carolinas. The Institute brings a high level of focus and depth in cancer-specific leadership to local programs across the CHS network, which will only serve to strengthen Roper St. Francis’ programs. Participation in Levine Cancer Institute is an unprecedented opportunity and will improve the hospitals’ ability to care for patients with uncompromising excellence.

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