Closing in on Cancer Cures
Memorial Cancer Institute Provides Powerful, Leading-Edge Medical Oncology Treatments
Updated July 2008 — The Medical Oncology Division of Memorial Cancer Institute provides a powerful combination of advanced diagnostics, leading-edge treatments and some of the latest technology to treat cancer aggressively and comprehensively.
Gerald was one such patient. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he underwent a surgical procedure to remove the cancerous tissues in portions of his pancreas, intestine and stomach. Gerald's post-surgery treatment was administered in two stages. First he received radiation therapy and then, under the supervision of Atif Hussein, MD, FACP, Medical Director of Memorial Cancer Institute, a series of chemotherapy treatments. Gerald acknowledges the challenges of treating pancreatic cancer, yet he says he remains optimistic, largely because of the excellent care he received at Memorial Cancer Institute and from Dr. Hussein. "I am so fond of the people at Dr. Hussein's office. They all have a smile on their face. They are really interested in giving me my treatment and in making sure I am all right."
At The Forefront of Research
As new cancer-fighting medicines are continually being explored, we strive to remain at the forefront of research and new drug-related clinical trials to best serve our patients. "We're participating in 42 clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and 20 that are industry-sponsored," says Jeff Esham, Administrative Director of Cancer Services. The large number of trials that test revolutionary drugs bring doctors closer to finding a cure.
One significant study is being conducted in the treatment of colon cancer. While the drug has been successful in treating patients in the late stages of the disease, it's currently being tested with patients in the early stages to see if it can prevent the cancer from returning.
Memorial Cancer Institute is also developing innovative programs for prevention and detection of cancer. Screening members of patients' families is key to detecting the disease early. "We have the largest genetic screening program in South Florida," says Dr. Hussein. "By detecting cancer early, the cure scenarios we have identified would be realistic and practical for the majority of patients."
Memorial physicians are committed to putting the patient's needs first. To find a physician specialized in cancer treatment, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.