Miami Cancer Institute and Lynn Cancer Institute make a powerful team
As Baptist Health further expands its cancer care services, Miami Cancer Institute on the main Baptist Hospital campus and Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital are integrating their programs. Together, they make a powerful team, offering patients personalized treatment options with a multidisciplinary approach based on physicians’ clinical expertise, advanced technology and innovative clinical trials.
“Our programs are really the anchors of cancer care from the Keys to Palm Beach,” says Louise Morrell, M.D., medical director of Lynn Cancer Institute. “Our common goal is to ensure that every patient with cancer, or at high risk, has access to the very best care available. Integration means widening our circle of expertise and having support as we expand.”
Miami Cancer Institute is Baptist Health’s cancer care anchor, offering a full array of services, and is Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, an alliance encompassing collaboration in clinical trials and standards of care. Lynn Cancer Institute is the largest provider of cancer care in Palm Beach County and one of the largest in Florida.
Both institutes feature personalized care driven by the latest molecular testing and state-of-the-art technology, while offering an unsurpassed patient experience. Patients and their families are supported by genetic counseling, a full range of psychosocial services that include dietitians, social workers, exercise physiologists, psychologists and psychiatrists, palliative and pastoral care, and wellness and survivorship programs. On the Miami Cancer Institute/Baptist Hospital campus is the Hilton Miami Dadeland hotel, with extended stay rooms and a wellness theme, simplifying travel for patients and families.
For those who need the specialized services of Miami Cancer Institute, an expedited referral process and regular communications best serve the patients’ needs. Some of those services include stem cell transplantation, CAR T-Cell therapy and highly targeted radiation therapy in the form of sophisticated proton therapy and the MR-Linac.
Investigators from Miami Cancer Institute recently published the first clinical outcomes of chemotherapy followed by MR-guided stereotactic ablative radiation (SABR) therapy for inoperable pancreas cancer in Practical Radiation Oncology. SABR safely delivers an unprecedented high dose of radiation over five consecutive days directly to the tumor using continuous real-time MRI scans. The images ensure millimeter accuracy and allow for treatment to be adapted daily to account for changes in the patient’s internal anatomy. A significant number of the Institute’s patients have surpassed the expected survival for the disease, many alive several years after their initial diagnosis.
Miami Cancer Institute and Lynn Cancer Institute share the philosophy that multidisciplinary clinics that allow the patient to see multiple specialists in their disease (surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists) in one visit affords the greatest convenience to patients needing the input of multiple specialties. The facilities also conduct combined cancer conferences where input from multiple physicians in pertinent specialties leads to optimal personalized treatment plans.
The integration will also allow for greater support of the planned expansion of Lynn Cancer Institute, including new technology and the addition of cancer services at Bethesda Health City, an outpatient facility located between Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.
With 11 hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences, Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region. Physicians are accustomed to working with healthcare providers throughout Florida, the United States and abroad.
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