Outpatient Infusion Clinic
The state-of-the-art outpatient infusion clinic in the Memorial Cancer Center is designed to consider total patient comfort, with a warm and friendly staff, recliners and individual televisions. Customized chemotherapy and medications help patients remain strong enough to continue treatment and fight their cancer.
Outstanding Team of Oncologists
The second floor houses an expanded cancer facility with the offices of the coast's highly respected medical oncologists - Dr. Stephanie Fussell, Dr. Olivia Hightower, Dr. P.V. Pande, Dr. Pamela Tuli, Dr. Louis M. Varner, and Dr. Allison Wall. Completing the comprehensive team of Memorial cancer-fighting physicians is the equally accomplished and well-regarded radiation oncologist, Dr. David Graham. Together these dedicated physicians lead the Memorial cancer care team.
Located on the first floor of the cancer center, a full-service Cancer Resource Center represents Memorial's partnership with the American Cancer Society. ACS volunteers staff the Resource Center providing wigs, supplies and information to patients and their families. Additional wigs, chemo kits, comfort and support come from other organizations such as Pink Heart Funds, Little Things, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A diagnosis of cancer today comes with a strong probability of recovery. Many of the latest tools and procedures to diagnose cancer in its early stages, when it is most curable, including digital mammography and PET/CT, are here at the Memorial Cancer Center. Nearly half of all cancers treated today are cured or managed as chronic disease through surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of treatments. At the Memorial Cancer Center, a wide network of highly specialized doctors, nurses, technicians and staff collectively design treatment plans to meet the individual needs of patients, as no two cancers are exactly alike. Close patient-to-staff relationships totally focus on each step of a patient's progress toward recovery.
Memorial Cancer Center patients have access to the latest computerized radiation therapies. CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery and TrueBeam™ radiation accelerator involve a linear accelerator on a robotic arm, computer controlled to fire hundreds of high energy rays one at a time from scores of different angles. While each individual ray is too weak to harm the healthy cells it passes through, enough energy to destroy the cancer is concentrated at the precise point where all the rays intersect. Equally innovative is High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, which treats breast and gynecologic cancers with radioactive material implanted close to the tumor.
Cancer surgery has been used to diagnose, treat, even help prevent cancer. A groundbreaking alternative to both conventional open surgery and traditional laparoscopy is Memorial's da Vinci® Si HD™ Robotic Surgical System. Guided by high definition 3-D magnification of the surgery site, tiny instruments remotely controlled in the skilled hands of our surgeons can be precisely maneuvered to perform intricate operations through very small incisions. Advantages include less chance of blood loss and complications, less pain, less scarring and faster healing.
Research and Trials
Today, Memorial Cancer Center offers patients an enhanced opportunity to benefit from therapies that are new and promising, thanks to recent developments in research activity and clinical trials. Now that most of what a cancer patient will need can be found right here in our community, expensive, uncomfortable and inconvenient travel is unnecessary, so patients and loved ones can be together right here at home, every step of the way.
The Memorial Nurse Navigator is an experienced oncology nurse whose expertise is available to Memorial patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Gaining a better understanding of your cancer diagnosis and treatment can reduce stress and make the experience less overwhelming.