Center for Cancer Prevention and Wellness
Over 40% of cancer cases in the U.S. are estimated to be linked to modifiable risk factors – and might be preventable. The Center for Cancer Prevention and Wellness aims to provide comprehensive care to help identify and manage individual cancer risk.
We provide specialized care for individuals who have been determined by a medical professional to be at higher-than-average risk for cancer due to inherited genetic mutations, family history, and/or personal health history. Our clinics provide shared decision-making visits to facilitate recommended lifestyle changes, cancer screening and surveillance, follow-up tests and imaging, and referrals to specialists as appropriate.
The goal is to empower patients to proactively decrease their cancer risk and facilitate early detection, thereby improving outcomes.
Clinics offered at CCPW
Genetics Management Clinic
The Genetics Management Clinic offers a specialized visit for patients who have received genetic testing results with a positive genetic variant that may increase the risk of developing cancer. This is a one-on-one visit with an oncology nurse practitioner to discuss recommendations and screening guidelines unique to your genetic testing result.
The nurse practitioner can order imaging and screening tests and make referrals to specialists as appropriate. The goal is to partner with you to navigate through recommended screening and surveillance and to collaborate with your primary care provider and medical team.
The nurse practitioner will not replace any of your other healthcare providers, nor prescribe medications or manage general health issues otherwise managed by primary care.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 864-455-1346.
Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic
The Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic serves women whose risk for developing breast cancer is above average. The increased risk may be due to breast biopsy results, family history of cancer or a genetic predisposition found on genetic testing. Women may have dense breast tissue, which also increases the risk for developing breast cancer. Breast density is determined by a radiologist during a mammogram. A statement may be placed on the mammogram if a woman is at higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer. In this case, there may be a recommendation to consider an appointment in the Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic to discuss this risk. The goal of the clinic is to provide each woman with the information needed to help her make an informed decision about early detection, surveillance and risk reduction.
The Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic team consists of a medical oncologist, nurse practitioner and nurse navigator with the skills and experience to evaluate an individual’s personal risk and provide evidence-based recommendations. These recommendations may include, for example, a breast MRI, referral to a surgeon, or prescription for a medication to reduce your risk or changes in lifestyle. Education and resources will be provided on lifestyle modifications such as diet, alcohol consumption and exercise to reduce cancer risk.
Long-term surveillance in a high-risk breast lifetime clinic may be recommended and will be discussed with you during your visit. The Lifetime Clinic and Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic providers work as a team and offer continuous follow up with high-risk patients to properly address risk-reduction recommendations and surveillance specific to each patient.
Patients may self refer or they can be referred to the clinic by a medical provider or genetic counselor. A breast exam may be performed, but no invasive procedure will take place. If you are interested in a consultation with the Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic, call 864-455-1346 or 864-455-5887.
American Institute for Cancer Research
The recent newsletter from the American Institute for Cancer Research features LeAnn Perkins, CCPW / CIOS Nurse Practitioner. The article highlights Prisma Health’s CCPW program and LeAnn’s passion to help others live their best lives.
Cancer Research Recommendations for Cancer Prevention
This video gives recommendations for cancer prevention presented by registered dietitian nutritionist Finley Wiles Nadler, MS, RDN, LDN.
Prevent Cancer Greenville
The Center for Cancer Prevention and Wellness is also home to the Prevent Cancer Greenville research study. Prevent Cancer Greenville is a first-of-its-kind program in the Upstate geared toward identifying the links between lifestyle choices and cancer development, with the goal of eventually preventing cancer at the molecular level.
The study is free to participants and includes a 90-minute comprehensive wellness assessment. Through this assessment, participants will receive personalized recommendations based on lifestyle factors along with personal and family health history to reduce their personal risk of developing cancer.