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2017 Cancer Community Outreach Report

Using nationally established, evidence-based treatment guidelines, we monitor ongoing quality and compliance to ensure the best possible care for patients with cancer. Data is compiled through the National Cancer Data Base using information submitted via cancer registries at all Commission on Cancer-accredited hospitals nationwide.

2017 CoC Public Reporting of Outcomes: Three breast cancer and one colon cancer CP3R measures reflecting CY 2015 data

90 percent Commission on Cancer Expected Performance

90 percent Commission on Cancer Expected Performance


80 percent Commission on Cancer Expected Performance

85 percent Commission on Cancer Expected Performance


Commission on Cancer’s Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R)

Full CP3R descriptions:

  • Radiation is administered within one year (365 days) of diagnosis for women younger than age 70 receiving breast conservation surgery for breast cancer.
  • Tamoxifen or third generation aromatase inhibitor is recommended or administered within one year (365 days) of diagnosis for women with AJCC T1c or stage IB-III hormone receptor positive breast cancer.
  • Image or palpation-guided needle biopsy to the primary site is performed to establish diagnosis of breast cancer.
  • At least 12 regional lymph nodes are removed and pathologically examined for resected colon cancer.


Cancer Prevention and Screening Programs

As a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer program, we are dedicated to helping prevent cancer and improve the health of our community. In 2016, we provided the following screening and prevention programs:

Cancer screening

Oral Screening for Head & Neck Cancer

Date: October 16


  • 41 people screened
  • Three people recommended for further head and neck evaluation following an abnormal finding
  • 12 other recommendations

Follow up:

  • All participants were given a list of area otolaryngologists, information to access ProHealth Care’s smoking cessation programs and a contact card for IMPACT 2-1-1 to access family, health and social service resources.
  • All attendees with an abnormal finding or other recommendation were sent a letter to encourage follow-up with a physician.


  • Cervical and breast cancer screenings continue to be offered to underserved populations through a Susan G. Komen grant.
  • ProHealth Care clinics offer cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screenings.  


Cancer prevention programs


ProHealth Community Fair

Date: April 8

Participation: 691


This event focused on physical activity and healthy eating. According to the American Cancer Society, research has shown that poor diet and not being active are two key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk. A ProHealth Care cancer rehabilitation specialist, oncology nurse navigator and cancer genetic specialists attended to educate participants about cancer risk and prevention. Some educational materials were made available in English and Spanish:

  • Steps You Can take to Help Prevent Cancer 
  • Foods that Fight Cancer
  • Get Moving: It’s Good for Your Health 
  • Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer (ACS booklet)
  • WI Tobacco Quit Line bookmark
  • Enhance Your Healthy Eating Habits

An oral cancer screening was provided to 88 attendees by Waukesha County Technical College dental assistant program participants.

Cancer fighting food examples were also showcased.


Smoking Cessation Program

Participation: 13 registered, some classes still in progress


This eight-week program is designed to help participants quit smoking, reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day by those unable to quit, increase healthy lifestyle behaviors in the areas of physical activity and nutrition, enhance a sense of self-control, and improve  life skills such as stress management, decision making, coping and interpersonal skills. 

One and three-month follow-up calls are made to check on effectiveness. 


Updates in Cancer Nutrition

Date: June 7

Participation: 24


Participants learned how current research on nutrition and cancer care could help reduce  risk of developing or redeveloping cancer. Discussion included what foods should be incorporated into a person's diet or avoided, and how to plan meals to help protect against cancer.

Effectiveness of outreach: 
Participants were surveyed after the program and asked “From what you learned at this program, will you make diet and lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing cancer?”

  • 17 participants responded that they “strongly agreed” with this statement
  • 5 participants responded that they agreed
  • 1 participant indicated that they disagreed or strongly disagreed


Women, family history and nutrition: How to influence your health

Date: October 4

Participation: 31


Participants learned about the tools every woman has to identify and change potential health risks. Session leaders discussed family history and how some popular home genetic tests, like AncestryDNA and 23andME, may help identify potential health risks. Attendees were able to participate in a food tasting and learn how powerful foods, like legumes, pumpkin or flaxseed, and eating patterns, can help reduce the risk of disease.

Effectiveness of outreach:

Participants were surveyed after the program and asked “As a result of taking this class, will you make changes to your diet to improve your health?”


  • 29 attendees said they would make changes to their diet
  • Two attendees did not respond to the question 


Look good...Feel better

Dates: Program held four times throughout 2017

Total participation: 15


Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and coordinated by ProHealth Care, this program helps women who are undergoing cancer treatment develop skills to improve their appearance and self-image. A licensed aesthetician/cosmetologist teaches women how to enhance their appearance using makeup techniques.

Effectiveness of outreach: 

Participants were asked “Do you feel this presentation motivated you to look good and feel better?”


  • Very much 12
  • Somewhat   2
  • Not much   1


Cancer survivorship programs

Dates: Four different programs held in 2017

Total participation: 74


Certified oncology dietitians offered lifestyle tips for maintaining a healthy weight, an important factor in cancer prevention. Each class included a small tasting of the foods prepared and recipes to take home. The events were specifically designed for cancer survivors and open to all community members.