The Marshfield Clinic/Marshfield Medical Center cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
As an accredited program the quality of our patient care is compared to other cancer programs across the country.
These charts show some of the quality outcomes measured. The average performance rates for Marshfield Medical Center/Marshfield Clinic are all above 96%, showing that our patients are routinely treated according to evidence-based national guidelines.
Skin Cancer Screening was held during Farm Technology Days, August 12-14, 2014. 615 people of various age groups were screened. 904 skin problems were identified. 196 people were referred for follow up of skin lesions.
Marshfield Clinic Oncologists including William Hocking M.D. were authors of the National Lung Screening Trail research trail results that were published in October, 2010.
Results of the study confirmed that screening for individuals determined to be at risk can save lives. Marshfield Clinic has developed a screening program based on best practice guidelines and began tracking patients in April, 2004.
To date 150 patients have been screening with no confirmed cancers.
Cancers that are known as Head and Neck cancer, usually occur inside the mouth, the nose and the throat. Cancers of the head and neck are further categorized by the area in which they begin, such as the oral cavity (lips, tongue, gums and inside lining of the mouth), pharynx (throat), larynx (voicebox), paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity (hollow space surrounding the nose and the hollow space inside the nose) and the salivary glands (floor of the mouth and near the jawbone).
- Tobacco – includes smokeless tobacco or sometimes called chewing tobacco.
- Preserved or salted foods – Consumption of certain preserved or salted foods during childhood is a risk factor for nasopharyngeal cancer.
- Oral health – Poor oral hygiene and missing teeth may be weak risk factors for cancers of the oral cavity.
- Occupational/Industrial exposure – Occupational or industrial exposure to wood dust, asbestos, synthetic fibers, nickel dust or formaldehyde may have an increased risk of head and neck cancers.
- Radiation Exposure – Radiation to the head and neck for noncancerous conditions or other cancers is a risk factor for cancer of the head and neck.
- Epstein - Barr virus Infection – Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus is a risk factor for nasopharyngeal cancer and cancer of the salivary glands.
- Ancestry – Asian ancestry, particularly Chinese ancestry, is a risk factor for head and neck cancers.
- Lump or sore that does not heal.
- A white or red patch on the gums, the tongue, or the lining of the mouth.
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.
- Unusual bleeding or pain in the mouth.
- Pain when swallowing or ear pain.
- Chronic sinus infections that do not respond to treatment with antibiotics
- Swelling under the chin or around the jawbone, numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face.
- Radiation Therapy
- Targeted Therapy
- Combination of treatments
Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery, also known as CLIMB®, is a six-week program that teaches children about cancer, the treatment process and how to deal with the stress and emotions associated with the disease. The program was recently featured on local television.