From diagnostics to treatment, the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center offers a full continuum of cancer care. Our multidisciplinary team provides a full service program including, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a dedicated cancer unit, rehabilitation, patient support services, outreach and more.
- Radiation Oncology using TrueBeamSTx technology
- Medical Oncology
- Surgical Oncology
Accreditations & Affiliations
The Scully-Welsh Cancer Center is an affiliate of Duke Medicine in cancer, ensuring our patients receive leading-edge cancer care and that our physicians have access to the latest research and treatment options from the Duke Cancer Institute. Since 1993, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Duke Medicine among the top providers of cancer services in the nation.
Approval by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancers. To meet the standard for approval, each cancer program, and the organization to which it belongs, must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance.
The cancer program at IRMC has one of the highest ratings possible from the Commission–a three-year accreditation with commendation. This is awarded when the program complies with all standards and receives a commendation rating for one or more of the eligible standards. IRMC’s cancer program has been accredited through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1989.
The Cancer Center’s Tumor Registry participates in the National Cancer Database of the National Cancer Institute.
Clinical trials are key to developing new methods to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. It is through clinical trials that researchers can determine whether new treatments are safe and effective and work better than current treatments. When a person takes part in a clinical study, it adds to the knowledge about cancer and helps improve cancer care.
Types of Clinical Trials
- Treatment trials test new treatments (a new cancer drug, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments or new methods like gene therapy).
- Prevention trials test new approaches, such as medicines, supplements or exercising that doctors believe may prevent cancer or lower the risk of a certain type of cancer.
- Screening trials study the best way to test for and find cancer, especially in its early stages.
- Quality-of-life trials, or supportive care trials, explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients.
Deciding to take part in a clinical trial is an individual, voluntary decision. A clinical trial is an option to obtain access to a possible higher technologically advanced treatment before it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The decision to participate must be made based on many factors, to include the benefits and risks of the study. Participation in a clinical study is provided at no cost to you; however treatment that would be considered standard of care, or treatment you would normally receive if not participating in a study, would be the responsibility of you and/or your insurance.
As part of the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center at Indian River Medical Center we have developed a support system for people who have been diagnosed with cancer called the John W. Scully Volunteer Program. A new diagnosis of cancer is very frightening and a survivor or caregiver can best relate due to their own circumstances. Plus, our volunteers provide an ongoing positive and uplifting support for our community members and their loved ones who need them.
Candidates considered for volunteering must meet one of the following criteria:
- Those who have or had a cancer diagnosis
- People who support loved ones with cancer
- Those who have lost someone to cancer
We understand that each person has positive attributes in different areas so we allow our cancer volunteers to reach out to cancer patients and their families through a variety of ways:
- Visits in chemotherapy infusion unit
- Visits in radiation therapy unit
- Visits in inpatient cancer treatment unit
- Attending community health fairs for education and information purposes
- Assisting with cancer resource library
- Follow-up telephone calls to patients
- Assist with clerical work in cancer office
Most volunteers will choose to work a 4-hour shift any day of the week.
Often a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming for patients as well as their families and this program helps eliminate or reduce barriers because you will have a dedicated point of contact to help you every step of the way. Too often patients are lost in the system after screening because of:
- Missed appointments
- Financial problems
- Other barriers to timely and appropriate care
All patients with suspicious findings should receive a timely resolution to those findings by further diagnosis and treatment. Resulting in:
- Better outcomes
- Improved patient care coordination
- Enhanced relationships within the community
The value of the program for health care professionals comes from:
- Better patient preparedness
- Improved collaboration among health professionals
- More efficient use of clinical involvement with patients
- Identification of service gaps
Numerous cancer support groups are available in the Indian River community, designed to benefit current patients, patients living with cancer, family members, caregivers and close friends.
Support groups provide the opportunity to share personal stories, gain practical information and receive emotional support from others in similar circumstances.