At Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute we're making hope happen, together.
At Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, we provide you with the warmth of a community hospital and the advanced level of care you would expect from an academic medical center. Every patient’s case is reviewed by teams of healthcare professionals that specialize in each patient’s specific type of cancer in meetings called multidisciplinary conferences. With our commitment to bringing together multiple specialists to create the best treatment plan for you and our extensive clinical research program, we are delivering the highest standard of patient-centered cancer care to Upstate South Carolina. Our numerous national certifications, including the Commission on Cancer designation, reflect the high standards of our entire cancer program.
Working together, your cancer team evaluates imaging and lab results, discusses other medical conditions that may affect your treatment, and considers how they can best care for your physical and emotional well-being. Using their collective expertise, they develop a custom treatment plan designed to give you the best possible results. When appropriate, their discussion may also include clinical research trial options available through Gibbs.
Our team approach draws on the expertise of medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgery to select the appropriate cancer treatment options and the best order of treatment for you. Our experts in gynecologic oncology and orthopaedic oncology work with patients who need those specialties. When you come for an appointment, we do our best to arrange for you to see several specialists all in one visit. Through every phase of your treatment, you are an active participant in decisions that affect your care.
Gibbs Cancer Center offers personalized care:
- A dedicated nurse navigator coordinates your care and is available for questions and emotional support.
- Social workers can help you with counseling and locating financial resources.
- Genetic counselors meet with those who have a cancer diagnosis for counseling and testing.
- Clinical research trials can allow early access to promising therapies.
- Oncology rehabilitation will help you maintain daily living skills through occupational, physical and speech-language therapy.
- Nutrition counseling with oncology-certified dietitians work with you to help you maintain optimal nutrition through cancer treatment and beyond.
- Once you complete treatment, our survivorship program offers you support as long as you need us.
At Gibbs Cancer Center, we have everything in place to provide you with exceptional care.
Programs and Treatments
Get a Second Opinion
When facing a serious illness like cancer, knowing all of your options is important. Once your cancer has been diagnosed and your treatment plan outlined, you may want to get advice from another specialist before you begin treatment. Getting a second opinion can give you the comfort and reassurance of knowing that all aspects of your case have been carefully reviewed, and that all appropriate treatment options have been considered.
Most doctors welcome a second opinion, and some insurance plans even require a second opinion before beginning cancer treatment.
Requesting a second opinion does not mean that you are unsatisfied with your diagnosis and treatment plan. It will not offend your doctor, interfere with your doctor-patient relationship or significantly postpone your treatment. It is simply a way to become better informed, and make sure that you have access to as much information as possible.
Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute offers a formalized second opinion clinic, in which a team of cancer specialists and other medical professionals review and evaluate your treatment plan. The second opinion team may:
- Discover that your case is more complex than it had seemed
- Recommend additional tests or new treatments not previously considered
- Agree that your current plan is appropriate
In all cases, this second opinion case review will give you access to clinical trials, cutting-edge technology, multiple cancer specialists, and the individualized approach to treatment and patient care that make Gibbs a world-class cancer center.
In a time that is filled with uncertainty, a second opinion can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve done everything you can to make an informed decision about your care.
How to Request a Second Opinion at Gibbs
If you have a confirmed cancer diagnosis, and are interested in getting a second opinion from the experts at Gibbs, call us at 1-855-DNA-GIBBS.
First, an associate will gather basic information like your name, diagnosis and contact number. Then, a clinical navigator who specializes in your type of cancer will contact you within 48 business hours to answer your questions, and guide you through the process as quickly as possible.
Participate in a Clinical Trial
Clinical research trials help us evaluate new drugs and treatments, as well as discover ways to prevent disease. As a participant in a clinical trial, you can have early access to promising therapies before they are widely available.
Your care team will keep you informed about clinical trials that may improve your quality of life or help you live longer. If there is a clinical trial that applies to your particular type of cancer or disease, your treatment team will evaluate your eligibility to participate. We will consider the trial’s parameters, the type and stage of your cancer or disease, and your overall physical and medical condition.
Team members will explain in detail the potential benefits and risks of a trial. The final decision to participate in a clinical trial is always up to you.