When Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital treated its first cancer patient in 1983, it made a commitment to a new era of outstanding cancer care. It also made a commitment to a vision of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital as the fist choice for Medical Care in the Baytown region. This resulted in the completion in 1998 of the area´s first freestanding Cancer Center: a 15,500 square-foot facility that brings state–of–the–art cancer treatment to the citizens of Baytown. The Hospital´s Cancer Treatment Program is an outgrowth of that commitment.
The Cancer Program at Houston Methodist San Jacinto has numerous components dedicated to providing personalized care to patients. The Cancer Committee is responsible for planning and evaluating all cancer related activities at the hospital. The Committee is composed of physicians and hospital staff representing each of the diagnostic and treatment services offered at the facility. A monthly multi–disciplinary Cancer Conference/Tumor Board offers a forum where physicians can present cancer patients´ cases to colleagues for review, discussion and making recommendations for a patient´s care. The Cancer Registry collects data on every cancer patient seen at the facility. The data contributes to research that assists in determining effective treatment in hopes of finding a cure for cancer. The data collected and presented is strictly confidential.
There have been many recent advances in the treatment of cancer that can either cure the disease or prolong the life and significantly enhance its quality. The Cancer Treatment Program offers patients some of the foremost benefits of this rapid progress. We treat all types of cancer, from the most prevalent forms such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer and lung cancer to any of more than 200 forms of cancer identified by the medical community. More than 80 percent of all cancer care is now delivered at the community level. This evolving trend dictates a new model for the delivery of cancer care. To meet the needs of their patients, more community–based clinics are offering advanced, comprehensive cancer–care that was previously offered only in the largest metropolitan medical centers. As technology has advanced, our goal has continued to be the development of specialized and comprehensive services that constantly change the definition of outstanding care.