Cancer services offered in South Carolina

Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, St. Joseph’s/Candler and South Carolina Cancer Specialists join forces to offer medical and radiation oncology for the Low Country

St. Joseph’s/Candler began serving the Bluffton and Hilton Head communities more than 16 years ago. Not long after the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion opened in 2006, cancer services began to be offered in the Low Country.

Pam Proman
Pam Proman, director of operations and strategic initiatives for the LCRP Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife Suite

As Bluffton continues to grow – expanding by more than 40 percent since 2010 – so do the cancer services offered in South Carolina.

Today, St. Joseph’s/Candler and the LCRP continue to expand facilities and services in the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Okatie areas. Residents can expect the advanced and comprehensive care from the LCRP right in their backyards.

“With the technologies our health system brings, it is unique comprehensive cancer care for the area,” says Pam Proman, director of operations and strategic initiatives for the LCRP Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife Suite. “Not only do we have the latest technology with Varian TrueBeam and clinical trials, but also we provide that extra layer of support on the island and in South Carolina for those patients.”

Cancer services offered in South Carolina include medical and radiation oncology, including radiation treatment, chemotherapy, genetic counseling and more. Dr. Gary Thomas with South Carolina Cancer Specialists is the medical director for the St. Joseph’s/Candler-SC Cancer Specialists Hilton Head-Okatie partnership.

Pulmonologist Dr. Doug Mullins and hematology oncologists Dr. Mark Taylor and Dr. Jennifer Yannucci regularly see patients in South Carolina, says Proman. All four SJ/C radiation oncologists – Dr. Joshua McKenzie, Dr. John Mikell, Dr. John Pablo and Dr. John Schuler – spend time at the radiation oncology center, Proman adds. There are also nurses and dietitians on staff in South Carolina.

Medical Oncology

St. Joseph’s/Candler and South Carolina Cancer Specialists joined together to provide patients in the Low Country the most advanced chemotherapy and other infusion services.

Patients have access to services provided by the LCRP including genetic counseling, dietitian, survivorship program and our relationship with the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program.

Additional, we have the expertise of Dr. Thomas. As medical director of the St. Joseph’s/Candler-SC Cancer Specialists, Dr. Thomas is the only full-time hematology oncologist in the region. He’s been a leader in the chemotherapy field since 1993 and provides superior care to oncology patients.

SJ/C-SC Cancer Specialists has two locations in the Low Country:

Dr. Gary Thomas
 Dr. Gary Thomas, medical director, St. Joseph’s/Candler-South Carolina Cancer Specialists 

Hilton Head
45 Hospital Center Commons,
Hilton Head, SC 29926

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

300 New River Parkway #26
Hardeeville, SC 29927

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Center at the LCRP offers another location to treat patients in the Hilton Head area. Located near the south end of Hilton Head Island, the radiation facility provides the latest advances in radiation therapy and compassionate care close to home.

The Hilton Head/Bluffton Radiation Oncology Center houses some advanced radiation technologies including:

  • TrueBeam, which delivers a radiation beam that targets the cancer and keeps exposure to healthy cells to a minimum.
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), which helps to verify the accuracy of radiation treatment with the use of daily imaging before treatment begins.

For the time being, patients will still need to come to Savannah to the main LCRP location for initial treatment planning. Consultations and subsequent appointments are then offered at our Hilton Head location for the patient’s convenience, which is located at:

25 Hospital Center Blvd.,
Hilton Head, SC 29926

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The future of the LCRP in the Low Country

“South Carolina is a big focus for us now,” Proman said. “We are looking at expanding our footprint in South Carolina.”

One step forward is the regional campus that St. Joseph’s/Candler will occupy in Bluffton. The 40,000-square-foot facility will be built at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton in two phases during the next six years.

A key component of the regional campus will be the development of a regional oncology campus that will add another linear accelerator for radiation treatment and expand medical oncology services that will virtually eliminate the need for patients to travel to Savannah.

New cancer services that are planned at the campus include:

  • Oncology treatment planning and management
  • Oncology radiation treatment with advanced linear accelerator
  • Oncology pharmacy services
  • Addition of a medical oncologist
  • Breast surgery clinic
  • New gynecologic oncology hours

“St. Joseph’s/Candler has had a longstanding commitment to the South Carolina Low Country. This new medical campus will make that commitment even stronger,” Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler, said during the campus announcement in November 2017. “It will add a wider range of physicians, specialists and services that will expand access to healthcare for the ever growing Bluffton population, and this project will locate all the services in one convenient location.”

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