The lung cancer treatment program brings together the medical specialties of thoracic surgery, medical
and radiation oncology, pulmonary, pathology and radiology. A multidisciplinary team reviews each
newly diagnosed case and works together to evaluate and determine cancer treatment options.
Clinical research options include the newest approaches to early- and late-stage disease presentation.
The Department of Thoracic Surgery incorporates some of the latest medical technological advances
with a focus on safety, comfort and efficiency. These new therapies include endobronchial laser
therapy, endobronchial ultrasound for staging and diagnosis, video–assisted thoracoscopy,
esophageal ultra-sound for staging of diagnosis, a lung glue to protect against air leaks,
improved chest tubes for comfort and mobility, analgesic delivery systems to decrease postoperative
discomfort, and skin glue to eliminate staple and sutures. The goal is to provide patients with a more
comfortable hospital stay and earlier discharge.
The lung cancer treatment program provides advanced screening and early intervention for high-risk
individuals. Additionally, Memorial Cancer Institute has introduced CT lung cancer screenings.
Screening is the key to early detection of lung cancer. The sooner the disease is found, the better the
chances of successfully treating it.
The lung cancer treatment program currently offers support services for patients and their families,
including close-monitoring nutritional guidance, education services, symptom management, cancer
treatment support groups and quality of life coping strategies. Additionally, integrative medicine is
available to supplement standard medical treatment with complementary strategies like acupuncture,
Chinese herbal medicine and vitamin consultation.
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Keep up with this month's upcoming cancer fighting events.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012Time:9:00 a.m.Where:Huizenga Plaza 32 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
American Cancer Society 5K Walk.
To learn more or join a team, click here.
Annual Women’s Cancer & Health Event
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012Time:10:00 a.m.Where:Hepburn Center 750 NW 8th Avenue, Hallandale, FLSpeakers:Josette Mullins,Director of Rehab Services at Memorial Hospital Miramar – "Lymphedema." Dr. Maria Ciccia, Radiation Oncology – "Gynecological Malignancies." Rosemarie Garcia, Clinical Manager at Memorial Regional Hospital Women’s Imaging Center - "Mammograms/demonstration on Triple Touch Instruction (self breast exam technique)."
Where:Deer Creek Golf Club 2801 DC Country Club Boulevard, Deerfield Beach
Golf, range balls, all tipping, dinner, and prizes. RSVP by October 10, 2012.
To learn more and RSVP, click here.
Lunch & Go Mammo at Miramar
When: Monday, October 22
Stop by during your lunch break to have a screening mammogram.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, click here.
Pink Tea: Breast Cancer Awareness in Weston
When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Time:3:30 p.m.
Where:Cypress Bay High School 18600 Vista Park Boulevard, WestonSpeaker:Dr. Carmen Calfa-Breast Cancer Oncology
Join us for tea and cookies and informative discussions. Learn more about examination, testing and proper nutrition to help prevent and detect breast cancer.
Bra Day USA: An Evening with Giuliana Rancic
When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 Time:4:30pm - 7:00pm
Where:Memorial Regional Hospital Celebrity Guest:Giuliana Rancic, personality, E! Entertainment Television
Giuliana Rancic, shares her experience with and personal triumph over breast cancer. Cocktails and auction by Chanel Boutique Bal Harbour.
The goal of BRA Day USA is to promote education and awareness regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
After a routine mammogram in 2009 at another local healthcare facility, Aimee was uneasy. Her physician recommended a follow-up exam in a year, but Aimee was not comfortable waiting that long. Her mother had died of breast cancer and she couldn't shake the feeling that she might have cancer too.
Aimee's instincts led her to seek answers at Memorial Breast Cancer Center where she requested a mammogram with an ultrasound.
"I knew in my heart, something was wrong," says Aimee. "Thankfully, my Memorial doctors listened."
Jeanne was 37 years old in September 2006 when she discovered a lump during a breast self-exam. Her gynecologist referred her for a mammogram. She was otherwise healthy, so the words of her physician were shocking – Jeanne had stage III breast cancer. While she was searching South Florida for the region's top oncologist, a friend referred Jeanne to Memorial Healthcare System and Alejandra Perez, MD, Director of the Breast Cancer Centers at Memorial Cancer Institute.
Diagnosed with an especially aggressive breast cancer, advanced triple negative, Jeanne underwent aggressive chemotherapy. After six months of chemotherapy, Jeanne had a lumpectomy and lymph node dissection. Three months of radiation followed her surgery.
Throughout her treatment, Jeanne continued to work. While she struggled emotionally, she found support through her faith, family and the Memorial staff, especially her physician, Dr. Perez.
"I credit Dr. Perez with keeping my fears at bay and guiding me through the experience – from diagnosis to recovery," says Jeanne. "There were days when I had no hope, but Dr. Perez really encouraged and supported me. I was in excellent hands at Memorial."
When Trish was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 37, she sought a second opinion from Alejandra Perez, MD.
Unexpectedly, she found more than just a top-notch oncology expert. "Dr. Perez was so patient, empathetic and kind that she could be your sister, your best friend or your mom," says Trish. "Whenever I would come in to see her, I would break down in tears, but as scared as I was, I felt like I could overcome cancer because I was in such good hands."
With only five months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation, Trish became cancer-free. She credits her rapid recovery to Dr. Perez and her continued good health to the Memorial Breast Cancer Centers of Memorial Cancer Institute.
Shortly after her 32nd birthday, Michele discovered a lump on her breast. She immediately called her doctor. Following a series of diagnostic tests and a needle biopsy, she received the phone call that would change her life forever.
“Like many women in their early 30s, I thought I was invincible,” says Michele. “Then in 2000, that theory was blown out of the water – I had breast cancer.”
“I have never been so traumatized where I couldn’t speak, couldn’t think, and just couldn’t function,” Michele says. “Without hesitation, my amazing family rallied around me from that day forward and offered me tremendous support throughout my treatment.”
Following her diagnosis, Michele began chemotherapy treatment once a week every three weeks to shrink the size of the tumor before undergoing surgery. Once the tumor size had reduced, Michele underwent a lumpectomy and the removal of lymph nodes at Memorial Regional Hospital. After surgery, Michele had four more chemotherapy treatments, followed by five weeks of radiation therapy.
Mario learned how to smoke when he was 12. For the next 62 years, he smoked as many as four packs a day, until a persistent cough made him abruptly kick the habit.
Shortly after quitting, he participated in a pilot program at Memorial Healthcare System that offered CT lung scans to current and former smokers whose lifetime tobacco usage put them at high risk for lung cancer. Ironically, the scan revealed that the reformed smoker already had a tumor in his left lung, and a subsequent PET scan showed activity in the tumor that indicated it was cancerous.
Now an important question remained: Had the cancer spread to nearby lymph nodes?
When a routine blood test signaled kidney trouble, Raphael was sent to a nephrologist, who referred him to Memorial hematologist/oncologist Lyle Feinstein, MD, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Memorial Cancer Institute. Dr. Feinstein performed a bone marrow biopsy, which confirmed multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) and scheduled Raphael for a bone marrow transplant (BMT).
For certain adults with multiple myeloma, leukemia or lymphoma, BMT provides a greater chance of cure or prolonged remission than any other therapy. BMT makes it possible to give patients the massive doses of chemotherapy needed to eliminate blood cancers. The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Memorial Cancer Institute is the only program in Broward and Palm Beach counties offering this lifesaving treatment, and the only program south of Tampa that does not require patients be hospitalized.