Cancer Prevention and Screening Programs

Smoking Cessation (December 2016 - December 6, 2017)

  • 2,103 patients have gone through the smoking cessation program at Northwest Texas Healthcare System.

Genetic Testing & Counseling at Texas Oncology

In 2017, 107 unique patients were seen for a Genetic evaluation (40 with cancer; 69 without cancer). A total of 83 genetic tests were ordered.

  • 9 were BRCA-only tests, 72 were Myriad panel based tests, and one was a PALB2 known mutation test

Results:

  • 6 individuals were found to have a hereditary cancer syndrome
    • Two BRCA carriers identified
    • One Lynch carrier identified
    • Three other mutation carriers were identified (one PALB2 and two BARD1 carriers)
  • 25 individuals were found to have a variant of uncertain significance or a VUS.  A VUS is a chance in a gene whose relationship to cancer is not currently known. The majority of VUSs are later found to be benign but a few are later reclassified as pathogenic. The lab that did the testing would contact us if a VUS is found in the future.

Screening Programs

NWTHS In-House Breast Screening Program (December 2016-December 6, 2017)

  • Breast Screenings: 2,329
  • Diagnostic Exams: 614
  • Cancers Identified: 31

Texas Tech University Breast Center of Excellence CPRIT Grant (December 2016-December 6, 2017)

  • Breast Screenings: 231
  • Diagnostic Exams: 406
  • Cancers Identified: 7

NWTHS Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program (December 2016- December 6, 2017)

  • Screenings performed: 71

Texas Tech University Colorectal Cancer Screening Program CPRIT Grant (January-December 2017)

  • F.I.T. Test Screenings: 447
  • Colonoscopy Screenings: 67
  • Cancers Identified: 0

Educational Programs

Texas Tech University Breast Center of Excellence CPRIT Grant (December 2016-November 2017)

Breast Cancer:

  • One to One Group Education on Breast Cancer - 2,447 individuals educated
  • Health fairs, churches, businesses and community outreach events available for the uninsured and underserved women residing in the Texas Panhandle

Texas Tech University Colorectal Cancer Screening Program CPRIT Grant (January-December 2017)

Colon Cancer:

  • Get FIT to Stay FIT Outreach: 725 individuals educated about colorectal cancer
  • Community outreach at health fairs, schools and businesses: 1,243 individuals educated