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. Community Education and Outreach
  8. Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  9. Genetic Screening and Counseling
  10. Gynecologic Oncology
  11. Melanoma Treatment Services
  12. Nursing Services
  13. Nutrition Services
  14. Patients and Family Education
  15. Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  16. Pharmacy Services
  17. Philanthropic Support
  18. Radiation Oncology
  19. Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging
  20. Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy
  21. Social Services & Patient Navigation
  22. 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

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Providing Leading-Edge Cancer Care

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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...]

Community Education and Outreach
Support groups, health fairs, physician lectures and community screenings are used to educate residents on cancer risk factors, early detection, and treatment. Offerings include annual Mammopalooza mammogram screenings, skin screenings for adult and pediatric patients, oral screenings, and breast and testicular self-exam training. In addition, a pediatric health fair addresses obesity and healthy eating.

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.

Melanoma Treatment Services
Our melanoma treatment specialists are experts in the surgical and medical treatment of melanoma. The treatment team includes oncologists, dermatologists and plastic and general surgeons who support the evaluation and treatment of each patient's condition. Surgical oncologists have expertise in sentinel lymph node biopsy – the current standard for treatment of most melanomas.

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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Nutrition Services
Clinical dietitians offer assistance in meeting daily nutritional needs to maintain strength and prevent weight loss. Nutritional counseling is also offered to patients who experience side effects while undergoing cancer treatment.

Patient and Family Education
A cancer care plan is completed for all patients to ensure that they receive the information needed to fully understand their illness and its treatment. Resources are available for both pediatric and adult patients in a variety of languages. Patients are referred to agencies such as the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and many others.

In 2011 and 2012, the Center was awarded the LIVESTRONG Cancer Transitions Program. This program helps educate and prepare patients for life after cancer. The program is offered bi-annually. In addition, in 2012 the Center was awarded the Artists in Residency program, which provides patients with a mechanism of diversion with an artist during their cancer treatments.

Patient Family Advisory Council for Cancer Care:
Patient and family advisory councils are grounded in the belief that often the most informed voices on the care team are those of the patient and family. Ultimately, they alone can confirm whether a plan of care was explained thoroughly, the clinical information provided was fully understood by the patient, care was tailored to their specific needs, as well as the safety of the patient. All activities of Broward Health Medical Center are driven by the needs of those who entrust us with their care. Hearing their voices, examining the delivery of care through their eyes, and tapping into their personal experiences ensures that the hospital serves our many and varied patients and families to the best of its ability.

Patient Navigation:
Our patient navigators offer patients an expansive support program. While receiving treatment at Broward Health Medical Center's cancer center, a patient can avail themselves of additional support resources to help both the patient and their family cope with the diagnosis and treatment of their cancer. The oncology social workers are a group of master level, mental health and social work professionals who meet with patients and families to assist in gathering community resources and to help address the emotional needs and concerns of patients and families while they are coping with a diagnosis of cancer.

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.

There is also a designated 16-bed inpatient unit. The program has been successful in obtaining philanthropic funding for many of its supportive services. A full-time child life specialist is provided through the Ounce of Prevention grant. Hyundai Hope on Wheels has also supported the program in 2010 and 2011 by providing a music therapist, patient and family educator, and child life specialist. The 1000+ Club made it possible to deliver patient and family centered care while maintaining quality of life for children while they are hospitalized by providing family sleeper chairs, bedside chairs, and Wii systems for each room.

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.

Philanthropic Support
Philanthropic support has been a key driver in continuing to deliver exceptional care to our patients and families. Some of the key partners that have provided support include the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Hyundai, Florida Panthers Foundation, Salah Foundation, Ounce of Prevention, 1000+ Club, and many others. [more...]

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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.

Rehab services
The Rehabilitation Services Department at Broward Health Medical Center is staffed by highly skilled, licensed professionals specializing in physical, and occupational therapies as well as speech pathology to all inpatient and outpatient.

Social Service and Patient Support
Oncology social workers provide each patient and their family with information and referrals to community resources, counseling, financial assistance and emotional support. The Comprehensive Cancer Center offers access to support groups and educational programs.

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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