GLOUCESTER, Va. – Riverside Health System has released its 2017 Cancer Care Annual Report, offering insight into regional cancer statistics, the latest in new treatment innovations and support programs available locally, and highlights of patient success stories.

According to the report, which compiled data from 2016, a total of 270 patients were diagnosed or received initial cancer care in Riverside Walter Reed Hospital facilities on the Middle Peninsula, a 17 percent increase from the 231 patients seen in 2015. This was a notably higher increase compared to the rest of Riverside’s facilities collectively, where figures rose only slightly from 2,408 to 2,418 over the same timeframe.

Categorically, breast cancer continued to represent the largest number of primary site diagnoses at Riverside Walter Reed, with 62 new cases reported in 2016, up slightly from the 61 cases reported in 2015. Riverside Walter Reed reported 49 new cases of cancers of the digestive system in 2016, the second highest category, up from 39 in 2015.

“While the number of cancer cases continues to grow, so too does our resolve and our ability to compassionately care for patients with the most advanced treatment options and support programs available anywhere,” said Biral S. Amin, M.D. Oncology Service Line Chief, Riverside Health System. “Riverside’s 2017 Cancer Care Annual Report showcases how we’re making healing available right here at home, from brand new medical technologies to the very latest in therapeutic and supportive services that boost quality of life for both patients and their families.”

The report called out several new Riverside offerings, facilities and initiatives designed to further extend cancer treatment capabilities and service quality.

Community outreach activity was also highlighted in the report. In 2017, Riverside, including on the Middle Peninsula, provided 82 outreach events and screenings that reached more than 3,238 community members – boosting awareness and making early cancer detections for a number of participants.

New industry accolades featured in the report underscored the quality of Riverside’s holistic cancer programs, while profiles of new physicians and patient testimonials gave them a human touch. Last year, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer recognized the Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Center with its elite 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award, following evaluations of 34 program standards plus seven additional commendation standards. Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Center is located on the campus of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and provides both Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology services to surrounding communities.

The report closed by acknowledging the positive impact that community support has on Riverside’s cancer care offerings for patients, particularly those programs and services that are not covered by insurance. It thanked hundreds of local citizens, businesses and other organizations that have donated to the Riverside Foundation, including through events like the annual Tree of Lights Gala held in Gloucester, and encouraged readers to visit riversideonline.com/stronger for details on how they can contribute.

To read Riverside’s complete 2017 Cancer Care Annual Report, please visit http://riversideonline.com/cancerreport.

ABOUT RIVERSIDE ON THE VIRGINIA MIDDLE PENINSULA:

Riverside’s range of medical services on the Middle Peninsula are anchored by Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester. The 67-bed acute care facility provides comprehensive services and state-of-the-art care and technology to the communities of the Middle Peninsula. Hospital services include emergency, inpatient and outpatient surgery, imaging and laboratory.

In addition to family medicine, internal medicine and general surgery practices, the 43 acre campus surrounding the hospital is home to Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center, the Middle Peninsula Cancer Center, Riverside Home Care, a physical therapy suite that includes physical, nutrition, speech, hand and occupational therapies. Cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, a neurology and sleep center, orthopedics, ophthalmology, pain management, physiatry, urology, vascular and women’s health are also located on the hospital campus.

Beyond the campus Riverside operates Mathews Medical Center, Fishing Bay Family Practice (including pediatrics) in Deltaville, White Stone Family Practice, Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, M.D. Express and near the southern end of Gloucester, Hayes Medical Center. For older adults, Riverside’s Sanders Retirement Community and Heron Cove provide independent living, assisted living, long-term nursing care as well as respite and rehabilitation services in the court house area of Gloucester. Convalescent Centers are located in Mathews, Saluda and West Point.

For more information on Riverside, visit http://www.riversideonline.com.