May 15, 2001 at 9:47 PM CDT - Updated July 27 at 12:45 AM
The Cancer Care Center of Montgomery is a service of the Southeast Cancer Network, P.C. , a physician-owned and operated network of cancer treatment centers. The strategically located centers allow patients in smaller communities and surrounding areas to receive cancer treatment without having to experience the long drives and long waits that have often been involved in the past.
The network utilizes the most up-to-date, multi-disciplinary treatment techniques to deliver convenient, high quality, cost-effective care. A centralized operations team works with each of the centers to provide consistent cancer treatment throughout the network, while each of the clinics remains autonomous enough to provide personal patient needs.
The Southeast Cancer Network, P.C., centers are fully staffed with board certified oncologists and oncology certified nurses to ensure that the patients receive the best available care. This combination of centralized operations and local autonomy results in superior patient care at all of the sites.
Our Southeast Cancer Network, P.C., sites utilize the latest in treatment technologies for both radiation and medical oncology. The medical staffs provide a most up-to-date multi-disciplinary approach for a customized treatment plan for each patient in a caring and comfortable environment. Numerous cancer support services are offered for our patients and their families, such as Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group, I can Cope, and Road to Recovery, to name a few. The network also provides Alabama communities with early screening, cancer education and prevention programs as well as the services of a registered oncology dietician.
Medical oncology involves the systematic management of malignant diseases. Each of the Southeast Cancer Network, P.C., facilities has patient-centered designed, comfortable infusion rooms for our patients receiving chemotherapy, antibiotics, or other fluids.
The main method of medical oncology treatment is chemotherapy, which involves treating cancer with a variety of advanced drugs. Hormonal therapy and biologic agents are used for cancer treatment as well.
More effective drugs and newly developed biologic agents have significantly increased our ability to treat many common cancers and result in fewer side effects as well.
In addition to state-of-the-art linear accelerators, a combination of other high-tech equipment, including AQsims, CT scanners, and three-dimensional treatment planning computers, are used in the radiation oncology departments of Southeast Cancer Network, P.C.
With our advanced computer technology, we are able to service our sites with remote treatment planning from a central location in Bessemer, Alabama. From this site, data is analyzed, manipulated, and processed. Then the information is transferred directly back to the local treatment center.
Three-dimensional planning allows for better tumor definition which enables the technologists to form more specific protective lead-like devices that more accurately protect critical organs close to the cancer. This sparing of critical organs and structures decreases the number of side effects from the treatment of cancer.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center was designated by the NCI in 1973, one of the first eleven centers in the country, and has maintained its designation for more than 25 years. Considered among the elite of cancer research centers, the comprehensive center at UAB ranks as one of the nation's leaders in developing novel biotherapies such as cancer vaccines and monoclonal antibodies, and placing these drugs quickly into patient-care settings.
Southeast Cancer Network, PC is affiliated forclinical trails with the University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Center.
There are Clinical Trials for almost every type of cancer. Clinical Trials are experiments to determine the value of specific treatments. There are international, national, and institutional research trials. Each clinical research trial must bepproved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) which is composed of physicians, researchers, and even people not involved in medicine.
The IRB decides if the study is reasonable, appropriately designed, and safe for the patient population. Anyone considering joining a clinical research trial must be fully informed about the trial details, benefits, and risks. All patients must sign an informed consent form. Trials may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, new experimental modalities, or any combination of these treatments.
There are different types of clinical trials that are divided into the following phases:
Phase I clinical trials attempt to determine the dose of a drug that is appropriate. Phase I trials typically include patients that have advanced disease, which is resistant to standard treatments. The dose is typically increased as additional patients are added on the study to determine the maximum tolerated dose.
Phase II trials attempt to measure the biologic response of a particular tumor to a specific treatment. Typically patients with a tumor for which there is not an effective therapy are included in phase II trials of single agents. Combination regimens may also be evaluated in phase II trials. The goal of a combination regimen phase II trial is to ensure that the treatment is feasible, safe, and promising enough before expanding to the next phase.
Phase III trials are designed to compare an experimental treatment to an accepted standard of care and evaluate endpoints such as survival and symptom control. These trials typically are performed in multi-institutional settings that include physicians from the community. Clinical research trials are extremely important in expanding treatment options in all cancers. The treatments that are available today are due to the participation of other cancer patients in clinical research trials.
Researchers are constantly trying to identify better treatments to cure cancer. There are also studies to identify less toxic treatments or agents, which can protect the normal tissues and minimize side effects of treatment. Clinical research trials are very rewarding for both the patient and the physician. The patient may benefit from new treatment options and help future cancer patients in their fight against this disease.
A complete operations team, located at our home office in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, provides support services for all of the sites. By conducting operations from a central location, SCN is able to ensure consistency of care and service, eliminate redundancies, reduce costs, and minimize inefficiencies.
The following services are offered through the home office:
Bio-Medical Support · Financial Counseling
Cancer Screening and Education Program Coordination
Patient Care Help Line:
As a patient of Southeast Cancer Network, P.C., you have direct access to our confidential toll-free customer care help lines at all times. If you would like to make a comment about the service you have received at one of our centers, please call us at the following number:
Patient Care Line 1-888-222-1726
Billing Questions or Concerns:
If you have a billing or insurance question you would like to have addressed, please call one of our specialists at the following toll-free number: