Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Nursing & Patient Care


The Comprehensive Treatment Unit (CTU) at Sylvester/UMHC is an outpatient unit comprised of 31 chairs and eight overnight beds where nurses provide care to patients who are receiving chemotherapy, biotherapy, hydration, transfusion, non-chemotherapy treatments, and those participating in Phase I clinical trials. The RN staff uses a modified primary care model to provide extensive patient and family education and a variety of comfort measures to facilitate individualized patient care.

Surgical Services

The Surgical Services Department at Sylvester/UMHC provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in areas including Pre-Op Clinic, Holding, OR, and Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Perioperative nurses practice in an environment in which basic, life-sustaining needs are of highest priority, and they are involved in the comprehensive surgical experience from the preoperative through postoperative phases. Postoperative nursing involves the comprehensive recovery experience for the postoperative phase. The Surgical Services Department uses Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) standards as guidelines for nursing care and staffing as appropriate. The department’s hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.–8 a.m. Saturday and evening hours are staffed with “on-call” staff as needed.


Inpatient nursing services at Sylvester/UMHC are provided in our 40-bed medical/surgical oncology unit for patients experiencing needs along the entire continuum, ranging from disease prevention and diagnosis, to end-of-life care. This unit also includes a three-bed evaluation and treatment area designed to assist with after-hours symptom management. Nursing care is provided using the 12-Bed Hospital model, with RN clinical facilitators responsible for 24-hour clinical management of patients.

Outpatient Clinics

Nursing care is provided in a variety of outpatient ambulatory settings at Sylvester/UMHC, including the Hematology-Oncology Clinic, Surgical Oncology Clinic, Head & Neck/Airway Clinic, OPD1/Spine Clinic, Gynecology Oncology Clinic, Outpatient Department Clinic, Cardiology Clinic, and Radiation Oncology. In addition, Sylvester has satellite clinics in Deerfield Beach and Kendall.

The focus of care in the outpatient ambulatory clinics includes:

  • Prevention and early detection of disease
  • Cancer screening and diagnosis
  • Clinical research trials
  • State-of-the-art medical therapy and treatment planning
  • Follow-up care for long-term, chronic ailments
  • Educational, nutritional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual counseling

Nurses within the Head and Neck/Airway and Radiation Oncology clinics use a Primary Care model which allows the nurse to be more involved and accountable for patient outcomes.

Stem Cell Unit

The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program treats patients with various types of cancer and hematological diseases, including:

  • Leukemia (Acute and Chronic)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Severe aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplasia and Myelofibrosis

The program operates a six-bed inpatient unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital as well as a pre- and post-transplant outpatient clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/UMHC—University of Miami Hospital & Clinics. A new inpatient unit will be opening at Sylvester/UMHC in a 9,600 sq ft space on the fourth floor with eight beds, two ICU beds, and four apheresis chairs.

The Sylvester Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program also offers opportunities to participate in clinical trials, including those developed by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, a consortium of academic stem cell transplant programs.

alex’s place – Pediatric Cancer

More than simply a treatment site for children with cancer and blood diseases, alex’s place is a space designed to empower our young patients and support their families. Each chemotherapy bay will be equipped with its own flat screen monitor to watch videos or to use as a computer. The ceilings in each exam room include soothing images and kid-friendly colors and themes. The common areas of alex’s place are designed to be interactive with fun games and activities for children and their families. Other highlights include an onsite classroom where patients can keep up with their schoolwork and a tranquility garden for peaceful reflection and enjoyment outdoors.

The division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is the only university-based program of its kind in South Florida. Young cancer patients are treated by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center specialists who are among the country’s finest pediatric hematologists-oncologists. All faculty members in the division were ranked as Best Doctors in 2009-2010.

Sylvester physicians and scientists are committed to advancing current therapies through research and clinical trials. Children from all over the United States and around the world come to us for comprehensive treatment of childhood cancers, sickle cell disease, or hemophilia or to participate in the groundbreaking research that is being conducted here.

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