Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


His cancer treatments at Sylvester are giving Manuel Garcia his life back.

A Cancer Survivor’s Story: From Hospice to Healthy


It was while Manuel Garcia was driving his wife, Iris, home in April 2016 after a weekend getaway in Key West that cancer struck. “Suddenly, I experienced terrible pain, like someone had hit me across both of my legs with a baseball bat,” he said. “I had been feeling tired, but nothing like this. I pulled over and told my wife that she would have to drive the rest of the way. I was in too much pain to continue.”

Jessica MacIntyre, second from left, with her award plaque.

Sylvester’s Jessica MacIntyre Wins Humanitarian Award from Cancer Control Collaborative


Jessica MacIntyre, ARNP, NP-C, AOCNP, director of clinical operations for the Office of the Director and co-leader of the Oncology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been named the Humanitarian of the Year in the category of Patient Advocacy by the Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative.

Researchers Make Key Discovery Toward Stopping Colorectal Cancer


Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and other institutions have shown that a molecule developed by Stemsynergy Therapeutics (SSTC3) controls the progression of colorectal cancer in several cell lines and human tumor xenografts. SSTC3 modulates the WNT pathway but does not show the on-target toxicity normally associated with WNT inhibitors.

Her recovery has allowed Donna Robinson to travel and celebrate her good health.

A Cancer Survivor’s Story: ‘Incurable’ Meets Its Match


In 2014, Donna Robinson had a routine colonoscopy. During the procedure, the physician detected a small mass. Two days later, on her 58th birthday, she received the bad news. The small mass was actually part of a very large mass that had grown through the wall of her intestine and into other locations in her abdomen. It was locally advanced pancreatic cancer, she was told — inoperable and incurable.

Marcela Vieira leads an active life of work and family, and still finds time to walk her dog for exercise.

A Cancer Survivor's Story: An ‘Angel’ Gave Her Life Back


Marcela Vieira couldn’t believe that cancer kept coming back. Her first bout was with breast cancer in 2002, when she was only 36. It returned in 2010. In 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It also returned, in 2014. “At first you don’t believe it, and you ask, ‘Why me?’” she said.

Donald Kumin taking a practice swing in his yard.

A Cancer Survivor’s Story: Men Get Breast Cancer, Too


Donald Kumin doesn’t look like someone who has cancer. The vibrant 88-year-old Delray Beach resident regularly plays golf with friends. He and his wife, Irene, are taking a cruise this fall, and at an age when many of their contemporaries have gone into assisted living, they are proud to be leading an active life from their own home.

From left, Carl H. June, M.D., Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., Mark L. Gonzalgo, M.D., Ph.D., Nipun Merchant, M.D., Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., Breelyn A. Wilky, M.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators


Six physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 18th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Session on May 19. Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., hosted the event.

Leukemia cells.

Discovering AML’s Epigenetic Identity


Maria Figueroa, M.D., a researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of human genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, published a paper in the journal Cancer Discovery that provides new insights into how certain molecular pathways influence acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S., professor and Lucille P. Markey Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., FACS, chair of surgery, at surgery research day.

Surgery Research Day Showcases Scientific Achievements


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the inaugural surgery research day and Lily Altschuler Memorial Symposium in Pancreatic Cancer Research on May 12, showcasing scientific achievements of faculty and trainees.

Signing of the memorandum of understanding. From left, Gilberto Lopes, M.D., Thinh H. Tran, M.D., MBA, Barbara Ronda, MHSA, Jose Ramirez, M.D. and Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester to Collaborate on Oncology Training in the Dominican Republic


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican Republic’s Instituto de Oncologia Dr. Heriberto Pieter. The agreement allows Miller School oncology experts to provide their evidence-based expertise to improve cancer care, research and clinical trial initiatives and health outcomes in the Dominican Republic.