Outstanding Achievement

Broward Health Medical Center was awarded 3-year approval with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Comprehensive Cancer Services
  1. Adult Hematology Oncology
  2. Barbara Ziegler Palliative Care Program
  3. Breast Services
  4. Cancer Conference
  5. Cancer Data Registry
  6. Cancer Research
  7. Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  8. Genetic Screening and Counseling
  9. Gynecologic Oncology
  10. Nursing Services
  11. Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  12. Pharmacy Services
  13. Radiation Oncology
  14. Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging
  15. Surgical Oncology


"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my life changed. I was frightened, but the staff at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Broward Health treated me with kindness and the professionalism that I needed. They helped me get my life back, and I'm forever grateful."

Tracey Bartholomew, Fort Lauderdale

Cancer Center

Cancer Center

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What Do You Know About Nutrition and Cancer?

A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important for good health. What effect does diet have on your risk for cancer? Find out by taking this quiz, based in part on information from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

1. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day may reduce your risk for certain types of cancer.
2. Eating high-fat animal foods such as red meat won't increase your cancer risk.
3. Studies suggest that people who consume lots of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin A, and carotenoids) from food sources have a lower cancer risk.
4. Limiting your intake of preserved meats may reduce your cancer risk.
5. Eating plenty of foods made from grains, such as bread and cereal, is good for your heart, but may not have an effect on your risk for cancer.
6. Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage) may reduce your cancer risk.
7. Using artificial sweeteners can increase your cancer risk.
8. Drinking red wine or other alcoholic beverages can reduce your cancer risk.

Providing Leading-Edge Cancer Care

Put your mind at ease by receiving the most comprehensive care available to you!

The Comprehensive Cancer Program of Broward Health Medical Center holds the prestigious cancer program approval by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Our Comprehensive Cancer Services offer a full spectrum of cancer care to meet the needs of the Broward County community. Education and screening programs (including genetic screening) are provided to promote awareness and early detection. The cancer program also delivers the most current diagnostic and treatment methods as well as support services to help meet the needs of patients and their families.

Other Services Include:

Adult Hematology Oncology
Board certified hematological oncologists utilize the latest clinical treatments and research trials for cancer and blood disorders. Physicians utilize Via Oncology Clinical Pathways, and participate in The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). QOPI's goal is to promote excellence in cancer care by helping practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement. The process employed for improving cancer care includes measurement, feedback and improvement tools for hematology-oncology practices.

Barbara Ziegler Palliative Care Program
The first of its kind in South Florida, this program is dedicated to the physical comfort and emotional and spiritual support of patients with advanced illness regardless of diagnosis, prognosis, other treatments or resuscitation wishes. [more...]

Breast Services
Patient services include breast self exam instruction, genetic testing, second opinion referral, education resources and counseling. The widespread use of screening mammography and other breast imaging has resulted in earlier tumor visualization. Breast imaging services include state-of-the-art digital screening and diagnostic mammography with computer enhancement along with breast ultrasound. Breast MRI has become an integral component of diagnostic breast imaging, with American Cancer Society guidelines recently established for breast MRI screening in select patients. Breast intervention (precutaneous mass biopsy) has routinely replaced the need for surgical biopsy and is performed using all imaging techniques. Broward Health is one of the very limited number of facilities capable of performing MRI breast biopsy. New cutting edge technology, the Ventana Image Analysis System (VIAS), is available to provide better breast cancer detection through the use of a microscope that helps detect, classify and count cells of interest. The microscope substitutes for the human eye resulting in a more accurate and individualized test.

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Cancer Conference
Cancer Conference meetings are held weekly at Broward Health Medical Center. These meetings are multidisciplinary consultations about cutting edge and evidence based treatments. NCCN guidelines are discussed as well as clinical trial opportunities.

Cancer Data Registry
Much of the understanding of cancer and the advances in cancer treatment today are due to very carefully compiled worldwide information about the outcomes, quality of life and survival of patients receiving treatment. The Cancer Data Center, while following confidentiality policies, collects, manages and analyzes this data in order to make it available for education and research.

Data on treatment and outcomes is reported to the National Cancer Database (NCBD) and to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACOS-COC), Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) and the Florida Association Pediatric Tumor Programs (FAPTP). This gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that we meet or exceed national standards.

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Cancer Research
The newest research in cancer prevention, detection and treatment is offered through a wide variety of clinical research studies. Children with cancer are offered participation in research trials through the Children’s Oncology Group. The children’s oncology group is a worldwide collaborative under the National Cancer Institute. [more...]

Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
The pathology and laboratory departments' staffs are committed to providing the highest quality services crucial to the rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer. Pathologists are laboratory-based physicians who collectively have specialty board certifications.

Genetic Screening and Counseling
This program primarily serves patients at high risk for cancer based on their personal and/or family history. Cancer risk assessments are provided, as well as education regarding cancer risk and inherited forms of cancers. The option of genetic testing is extensively explored with patients and/or family members based on the risk assessments and family history.

Gynecologic Oncology
Gynecological oncology services offer care to women with cancer and pre-invasive conditions of the reproductive organs. Highly trained and experienced gynecological oncologists serve as the primary physicians responsible for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.

Nursing Services
Oncology certified nurses receive advanced education in the care of cancer patients. Training is conducted on site through the Oncology Nursing Society's (ONS) chemotherapy and biotherapy provider program, and the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses' chemotherapy and biotherapy provider program.

This training includes administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy agents, safe patient monitoring, safe handling, clinical trials, side effects, supportive care guidelines, and late effects. The adult program has two national instructors of ONS’s curriculum, while the pediatric program has one instructor.

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Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center at Broward Health Medical Center is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Chris Evert Children's Hospital.

Our board-certified pediatric oncology hematologists serve patients from birth to 21 years who suffer from cancer and blood disorders such as sickle cell disease and hemophilia. The Center has a multidisciplinary team and state-of-the-art resources for both the detection and treatment of cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. As a member of the Children's Oncology Group, the latest clinical research trials are available.

Pharmacy Services
Oncology-trained pharmacists work with physicians to review, plan and monitor all drugs used for cancer treatment and their interactions, ensuring dose accuracy and minimizing side effects.

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Varian Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) provides more precise radiation therapy treatment than conventional linear accelerators.

Radiation Oncology
An experienced and highly skilled team of radiation oncologists and therapists from 21st Century Oncology provides radiation oncology services. They work in collaboration with medical and surgical oncologists to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment. The center offers Varian Image Guided Radiation therapy, CT simulation, and High Dose Brachytherapy for breast, lung, gynecological, and skin cancers.

Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging
The department of radiology plays an integral role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. Radiologists utilize the most up-to-date technology to provide state-of-the-art detection and follow-up to assess treatment effectiveness.

Surgical Oncology
Oncologic surgeons who are fellowship trained (surgical oncologists, urologists, gynecologic oncologists and thoracic surgeons) utilize all the latest surgical protocols in the treatment of cancer including minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery and thoracoscopic surgery.

Thoracic Oncology:
Broward Health Medical Center’s Thoracic and Lung Oncology program combines compassionate, multidisciplinary care with research to fight the number one cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States. A comprehensive and individualized approach to patient care is applied and offers a wide variety of services ranging from cancer prevention, diagnosis to treatment, research and supportive care. Treatment plans and options are formulated by our multidisciplinary team of specialists. This team includes thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, dietitians and pathologists who provide consultations and evaluations for all types of thoracic and lung oncology.

Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer and causes about 85 percent of lung cancers in the United States. The risk for developing lung cancer increases with age, with most lung cancers occurring in people ages 55 and older. A lung cancer screening program is now available at Broward Health Medical Center for patients with a high risk for lung cancer.

Need a physician? Call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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