Physicians at Miami Cancer Institute utilize the most advanced technology, perform innovative procedures and research new drugs and treatments to provide you with the highest-quality care.They collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to develop an individualized treatment plan that will lead to the best outcome. They are dedicated, compassionate and knowledgeable, and they are experts in their specialties.
Your physician care team may include:
- Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer and are experienced in using chemotherapy and other medications to battle the disease.
- Hematologists are experts in diseases of the blood, including bone marrow, lymph nodes and the spleen.
- Radiologists use imaging equipment such as X-rays, ultrasound, MRI and CT to help diagnose cancer.
- Radiation oncologists use proton therapy and photon radiation to treat cancer. Our radiation oncology team members are among the most experienced in the world, and we offer the most comprehensive radiology platforms available.
- Interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive procedures to conduct biopsies, destroy tumors, manage pain and alleviate symptoms.
- Surgeons and surgical oncologists perform surgery to prevent or diagnose cancer, remove tumors, ease pain or discomfort and improve function following treatment. Our surgeons often use minimally invasive techniques such as robotic surgery.
- Palliative care specialists support patients’ psychosocial well-being. Our physicians are experts in their respective fields of psychiatry, integrative medicine, rehabilitation, preventive medicine, palliative care and pain management.
- Medical geneticists specialize in genetic diagnosis and the treatment of patients with hereditary disorders. Our physicians collaborate with genetic counselors and other medical specialists to develop interventions to minimize the risk and impact of genetic disorders and improve the efficacy of treatments.
Most of these physicians have pediatric counterparts who specialize in caring for infants, children and teens with cancer.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
At Miami Cancer Institute, you’ll find that our nurse practitioners wear many hats, educating patients about their disease, explaining procedures, offering support to you and your family members and more.
Nurse practitioners are also known as advanced registered nurse practitioners, or ARNPs. They are registered nurses who hold advanced nursing degrees, often master’s degrees or Ph.D.s, and often have specialty certifications. Their advanced training and clinical experience make it possible for them to work closely with your physicians to provide comprehensive care. They may diagnose, order tests, develop treatment plans and write prescriptions for certain medications.
Nurses at Miami Cancer Institute are pretty special people.
It’s not just that their advanced education, specialized certification and clinical expertise make them capable of caring for patients with cancer; it’s also their compassion and understanding of the needs of the entire family that make them superior.
You may encounter a variety of nurses in many roles at Miami Cancer Institute. Our nurses play a key role in helping our patients understand their care and how they will work their way through the system. Others are at your side during your treatment, handling your care moment by moment, administering chemotherapy or assisting during procedures. Others work in palliative care, where they strive to help you have the best quality of life possible. Some are pediatric nurses who have specialized skills in caring for babies, children and teens. No matter their role, we hope you get to know some of your nurses well enough to consider them an extension of your own family. It’s as fulfilling for them as it is for you.
Genetic Risk Educators
Baptist Health has been offering genetic testing since 2001. In 2015, when Miami Cancer Institute was founded, the genetic testing service was expanded to include a counseling component.
Your doctor may refer you for genetic counseling for different reasons, such as a cancer diagnosis and/or a family history of cancer.
If your doctor refers you for counseling, Miami Cancer Institute genetic specialists will talk to you about your concerns, your family history, genetic testing options, the benefits and limitations of genetic testing and the implications of the results. The genetic specialists will facilitate testing if appropriate, interpret and discuss the test results with you and your referring doctor, and offer follow-up counseling.
While pursuing genetic testing is a personal decision, genetic counseling is available to help you make an informed decision about whether it is appropriate for you. If you have a personal or family history of cancer, consult with your physician for a referral to the Genetic Risk Education and Counseling Service at Miami Cancer Institute.
You may wonder why you need a dietitian when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, not with an eating disorder or because you need to lose or gain weight.
The fact is that a dietitian will help you understand any special nutrition needs you have and provide you with a personalized plan that will keep you as healthy as possible during your treatment. Most of us have read conflicting information about which foods help fight illness best, and a dietitian can provide you with the facts, as well as with guidelines that you can follow. At times, the side effects of treatment or your illness may make you feel nauseous. You may lose your appetite or even develop sores in your mouth that make it difficult to eat. By working with a dietitian, you’ll find that some of these side effects can be minimized and you’ll learn what foods you can tolerate best. The goal is to keep you strong and well-nourished. And you may want to attend a cooking or nutrition class with your caregivers or family members so that everyone learns more about following a healthy lifestyle.
The patient navigation team is here to help you, answer your questions and provide support throughout your cancer journey.
You or someone you know has just been diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed, alone and confused.
Your Patient Navigator will:
- Be your liaison from diagnosis throughout the duration of your care.
- Assess your needs and coordinate appropriate support services.
- Reinforce education with you regarding disease, treatments, side effects and adverse reactions.
- Follow up with you by phone.
- Educate you on reportable signs/symptoms (based on medical plan of care).
- Follow up with you at discharge to ensure services are set up as planned and coordinate with inpatient staff.
- Help link you with community resources.
- Upon completion of treatment, refer you to our survivorship program.
- Provide or coordinate support groups and educational programs for you.
- Facilitate referrals to the appropriate cancer patient support services.
To talk to an oncology Patient Care Navigator, email PatientCareNavigator@BaptistHealth.net or call 786-594-4281.
Our team also includes:
- Social Workers – Psychosocial assessment, identify community resources, transportation, support groups, placements in skilled nursing facilities, hospice referrals, assist with end-of-life decisions, bereavement follow-up.
- Patient Financial Representatives – Medication applications, evaluate patient for Medicaid/Medicare eligibility, insurance benefit verification and authorization, assist with community resources, coordinate community assistance program.
- Registered Dietitians – Educate patients and caregivers on the role of good nutrition, create an individualized nutrition meal plan, offer group and individual nutrition counseling.
- Psychiatrists/Psychologists – Individual, couple and family counseling, survivorship counseling to help transition to life after treatment, counseling for caregivers/loved ones, bereavement counseling, monthly calendar of support groups and educational programs.
- Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists
- Genetic Counselors
- Clinical Trials Staff