Site Disease Groups
At Sylvester, we apply a targeted, site-based approach to treating cancer. This means that multidisciplinary teams of dedicated, board-certified physicians with expertise studying and treating specific types of cancer (based on the site where the cancer originates in the body) oversee care. This approach provides our patients with state-of-the-art care from physicians who are not only cancer specialists, but sub-specialists in a particular type of cancer.
The Ask for Ana program is the first point of contact for new patients at Sylvester. The main function of the program is to coordinate the continuum of care as instructed by the physician and patient/family with the objective of enhancing the quality of care through immediate patient access, education and research. The team is site disease group–based and consists of highly specialized medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, research coordinators, nurse coordinators, patient care coordinators and other essential health care professionals such as social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, and allied staff.
At Sylvester, we are organized into 15 multidisciplinary site disease groups:
- Bone and Soft Tissue
- Breast Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Eye Cancer
- Gynecological Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma
- Lung Cancer
- Melanoma and Related Skin Cancers
- Neurological Cancer
- Pancreatic, Liver, and Related Cancers
- Pediatric Cancer
- Prostate, Bladder, and Kidney Cancers
- Stomach and Esophageal Cancer
- Thyroid and Other Endocrine Cancers
Benefits of the Site Disease Group program:
- Serves as the first point of contact within the hospital
- Provides faster, more efficient access to cancer care
- Facilitates communication between patients, family members and treatment team to insure highest quality of patient care
- Helps identify patients who may be eligible for clinical trials
- Provides individual and support group services to oncology patients and family members
- Offers patient education specific to the disease process, treatment and procedure
- Assists the patient in working with community organizations
- Provides services at Deerfield Beach and Kendall satellites
- Helps access additional care services for the patients, such as nutritional counseling, psychosocial counseling, complementary medicine, educational and nursing care services.
For more information on Sylvester’s site-based approach, call the Ask for Ana program at 305-243-5302 or 877-243-1056.