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  • dr barbara raphael pet scan for prostate cancer

    Memorial Healthcare System First in South Florida to Offer Prostate Cancer Detection Imaging Agent: PYLARIFY

    Implementing the latest technologies in prostate cancer care, Memorial Healthcare System became South Florida’s first hospital system, and among the first nationally, to utilize PYLARIFY® (F-18 DCFPyL), post FDA approval. PYLARIFY is a prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET imaging agent that targets and identifies suspected metastasis or recurrence of prostate cancer.

    PYLARIFY was developed to target PSMA, a protein that is overexpressed on the surface of more than 90% of primary and metastatic prostate cancer cells. Once PYLARIFY binds itself to the PSMA protein, it lights up, enabling the PET scan to detect and locate the disease.

    “Conventional imaging has significant limitations in detecting prostate cancer, both in initial staging and when the cancer has recurred or spread after initial treatment,” said Dr. Jonathan Silberstein, MD, chief of Urology and Uro-Oncology, Memorial Healthcare System. “The evolution of imaging technology through this agent allows us to detect the cancer in a much earlier time period, so we can direct therapies more efficiently.”

    The collaboration between specialists highlights Memorial Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary approach in treating prostate cancer patients. A dedicated team of cancer experts in radiology, medical oncology, urology and radiation oncology work together to provide patients with better options that advance prostate cancer care.


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    Ignacio Castellon, MD, chief of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Cancer Institute, whose team administers cancer treatment to control or eradicate malignant cells, adds, “The PSMA PET scan highlights exactly what areas we need to treat and whether we should take a more localized treatment approach or offer more systemic treatment to achieve optimal results for our patients.”

    “This transformative diagnostic tool helps clinicians develop treatment plans based on a much more accurate understanding of a patient’s distribution of disease,” said Barbara Raphael, MD, chief of Nuclear Medicine, Memorial Healthcare System and Medical Director of PET Imaging Institute of South Florida. “This is a game changer for radiation oncologists, urologists and medical oncologists as they are able to be more precise in treating patients, and even more important for the millions of men who have prostate cancer and have historically had no answers as to the extent of their disease. PYLARIFY takes them out of the dark and provides them with hope that they will finally have answers.”

    For more information, patients can contact the Memorial Cancer Institute at 954-265-4325 or visit PET Imaging Institute of South Florida's Prostate Cancer page. Patients will need a signed order from their treating physician prior to scheduling a PSMA PET scan.

    Lantheus, the manufacturer of PYLARIFY, is evaluating a PSMA therapeutic agent for targeted prostate cancer therapy, which will complement its detection technology.

  • doctor examining long hauler patient

    Memorial Healthcare System Expands its Covid-19 Long Haulers Clinic to Community at Large Beginning September 1

    Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) is expanding its Memorial Primary Care Long Haulers Clinic to treat community members who are suffering from COVID-19 long-term symptoms. The clinic, which opened in May 2021, originally treated only patients within the Memorial Primary Care group, but had set a goal of expanding care to the entire community this summer.

    As COVID-19 case numbers soar, there is an increasing need to treat long-haulers – those individuals who are experiencing long-term symptoms, also known as Post Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). Since Memorial’s long hauler clinic opened in May, 115 patients have been treated and this number is expected to climb exponentially.

    “We are seeing people in our community suffering, and a Memorial multidisciplinary team has come together to make sure these lasting side effects are addressed, so our patients are able to resume life in a post-pandemic era,” says Melida Akiti, vice president of Memorial’s Ambulatory Program and Community Services. “As a healthcare system, we are continuously finding ways to invest resources to help impact the lives of those in our community.”

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    A study from the University of Washington published in February found that 32.7% of COVID-19 outpatients developed long-haul symptoms and 31.3% of hospitalized patients became long haulers. Symptoms frequently persist among patients who are relatively young and were never hospitalized. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

    • Shortness of breath
    • PTSD
    • Blood clots
    • Headaches
    • Brain fog
    • Heart issues

    “We know that symptoms are not always uncovered through diagnostic testing or imaging, and some people are suffering and feeling unheard,” says Jennifer Goldman, DO, board certified family physician and chief of Memorial Primary Care. “Our goal is to create a patient-centric process that is guided by our primary care team and offers access to the specialty groups, tied together with a patient care navigator, to ensure their cases are moving forward in hopes of a positive outcome and return to normalcy.”

    Memorial’s multidisciplinary team of medical experts overseeing its Primary Care Long Haulers Clinic includes specialists in the following areas:

    Community members with lasting effects from COVID-19 are encouraged to participate in a screening process by calling 954-276-4340. If eligible for care, they can then make an appointment to be seen at the clinic located at Memorial Primary Care’s Silver Lakes at 17786 SW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029.

    Depending on patients’ individual insurance plans, treatment may or may not be covered. Broward County residents who are underinsured may qualify to be covered by a grant from Broward County.

  • Memorial Sports Medicine team

    Memorial Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Center Named Official Provider For the University of Fort Lauderdale’s Athletic Program

    The Memorial Healthcare System’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine has been named the official sports medicine provider for the University of Fort Lauderdale’s athletic department.

    Through this new sports medicine partnership, Memorial’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine physicians will assist on the sidelines during all the university’s home football games in the event there are any injuries or other health-related concerns. Additionally, injured athletes will be treated in a very timely manner at Memorial’s newly opened Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center in Cypress Creek near the university. Memorial’s medical staff will also serve as resources to the school’s athletic coaches and trainers.

    “We’re eager to work and coordinate with the University of Fort Lauderdale’s athletic department,” says Ray Shipman, director of Business Development and Physician Relations for Memorial’s Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center. “The university has recently launched a new football program and is also adding many other sports teams. We’re excited to be a part of its growing athletic program.”

    Memorial is the first of its kind in Broward County to have a fully comprehensive adult sports medicine program, with orthopaedic surgery, primary care, cardiology, rehabilitation and physical therapy specialists all in one program. Its new Cypress Creek facility opened this past March and features sports medicine physicians as well as patient rehabilitation services. Serving Ft. Lauderdale and surrounding communities, it provides advanced solutions to treat adults with sports injuries, help maintain sports performance, and prevent future injuries.

    The University of Fort Lauderdale is a growing four-year university and has joined the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). It has recently added additional athletic teams, bringing the total to 14 for the 2021-22 school year. Chris Chambers, a Pro Bowler and former Miami Dolphin wide receiver, is the inaugural head coach of UFTL’s football program.

    [Photo (L to R): Hermes Hererra, Ed Salgado, Marvin Smith, MD, and Fabrizio Russo]