For years, Memorial Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center has been helping breast cancer patients of all ages become breast cancer survivors. Memorial’s “Stronger Against Cancer” commitment is supported by the expertise of the program’s multidisciplinary cancer team – all of whom specialize in breast cancer. The team works collaboratively to fight breast cancer together, resulting in expedited, quality and convenient care.
We offer patients all the specialties they need in a one-stop shop. We have imaging, medical, surgical, radiation oncology, rehabilitation and supportive care services, including nutrition, psychology, acupuncture and social work – everything is under one roof. In addition to the benefits for our patients, providing such highly collaborative care has also helped us gain valuable experience and achieve excellent patient outcomes against breast cancer.
Memorial Cancer Institute welcomed two experienced breast medical oncologists this year:
Sayeh M. Lavasani, MD, breast medical oncologist – Dr. Lavasani is one of an exclusive group of physicians fellowship-trained in breast oncology, bringing extensive research experience to Memorial
Adriana M. Milillo Naraine, MD, breast medical oncologist – Dr. Milillo is board-certified in oncology, hematology and internal medicine
So many new breast cancer treatments and clinical trials are underway that are very exciting. They are critical to our patients, as they give them access to advanced therapies and additional options for treatment. We’re proud to be able to offer those to our patients in their fight against cancer.
At Memorial, breast cancer patients can rely on services that are above and beyond what other providers offer.
These breast oncologists further strengthen the Breast Cancer Center team that consists of:
The unique resources of Memorial Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Program also include:
With Memorial Cancer Institute on her side, Melanie had the strength to fight and beat stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes and liver.
After detecting a lump in her right breast, Mindy, 54, went in for a mammogram. Biopsy results revealed she had stage 2 breast cancer.
At Memorial Cancer Institute, she met with a team of oncologists and surgeons. Following five months of chemotherapy, Mindy became one of the first breast cancer patients in Florida to undergo breast surgery with SAVI SCOUT, a new electromagnetic surgical guidance system that emits no radiation and allows surgeons to pinpoint a lesion with more accuracy prior to surgery.
“Undergoing breast surgery can be very anxiety-provoking,” said Erica Bloomquist, MD, breast surgical oncologist at Memorial Breast Cancer Center. “Going into surgery with a wire in your breast can add additional anxiety. We are very proud to be the first in the state to have SAVI SCOUT available.”
“It was very simple; I didn’t feel a thing,” said Mindy. “I’d encourage my fellow breast cancer sisters to consider the SAVI SCOUT because it was pain-free, saved me time and was less stressful on my body.”
The innovative SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system allows Memorial Breast Cancer Center surgeons to more accurately pinpoint lesions and create more efficiency prior to and during surgery for a more comfortable patient experience.
Technology, research and the team of expert physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians at Memorial Cancer Institute have helped Christine survive lung cancer.
Gastrointestinal cancers – malignancies affecting the esophagus, stomach, colon/rectum, pancreas and liver, to name a few – take the lives of nearly 250,000 Americans every year. Providing patients with the kind of care that’s available at Memorial Cancer Institute can lead to improved success rates against these cancers.
Memorial Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Program features:
This year, Memorial Cancer Institute’s GI program:
Future plans include:
At Memorial Cancer Institute, patients can obtain fully comprehensive care for all gastrointestinal malignancies, including the ability to access clinical trials, right here in their own community. Our GI cancer patients receive the same kind of high-quality care that renowned cancer centers provide – but close to home.
Adding Surgical Oncology services at Memorial Regional Hospital has doubled our capacity to see patients with complex GI cancers. All patients are seen within 24 hours and presented within a week at our multispecialty tumor board. Our Nurse Navigator ensures expedited care that ultimately minimizes patient anxiety.
Jeannine put off having a colonoscopy, but when she finally did, the diagnosis was colon cancer. With the Memorial Cancer Institute team on her side, Jeannine was stronger than colon cancer.
How do you help cancer patients manage their symptoms and bring down their visits to the emergency room by nearly 60 percent? Provide them with an innovative telephone triage system that can help determine whether they need to go to the ER, or just pay a visit to their doctor.
Memorial Cancer Institute implemented the system in partnership with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) starting in October 2015. Studies had shown that almost half of visits by cancer patients to the emergency room took place during their physicians’ office hours – mostly because patients were unsure of the severity of their side effects.
The triage system:
During the system’s first six months, Memorial Cancer Institute phone-triaged 240 patients per month and eliminated 89 unnecessary visits to the emergency room.
More results were detailed in a study published by:
Dr. Hunis presented the results at ASCO’s Quality Care Symposium in March 2016. His report outlined significant potential cost savings, including:
The triage system is 100 percent for our patients. By educating them on their side effects and symptoms, and directing them to the most appropriate treatment at the right time, we have helped cancer patients better understand their symptoms and know what to do.