HEPATOBILIARY AND PANCREATIC CANCER PROGRAM
Our Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program serves patients with liver
and pancreatic diseases, including disorders of the liver, bile ducts,
gallbladder and pancreas. Surgical procedures for these diseases are usually
advanced and complicated. Special training and skill are required to ensure
the best possible outcomes for patients. This program takes a multidisciplinary
approach and includes the latest technological advancements. The recruitment
of Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin, Medical Director for the Gastrointestinal Surgical
Oncology Program, has spotlighted the use of the most recent advances
in technology to diagnose and treat benign conditions and cancers. He
is one of the few in his field that performs the Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal
Chemotherapy (HIPEC) procedure at Jupiter Medical Center for patients
with cancer that has spread to various areas in the abdomen. Before HIPEC
is administered, the surgeon, using standard surgical methods, will remove
all visible tumors that can be removed throughout the peritoneal cavity.
This is known as cytoreductive surgery. Following cytoreductive surgery,
while still in the operative setting, the surgeon will administer the
HIPEC treatment. Jupiter Medical Center is the first medical center on
the east coast of Florida, and the only one in Palm Beach County, to use
the HIPEC procedure to treat and potentially save the lives of patients
with stage 4 cancers.
WOMEN’S LUNG HEALTH PROGRAM
Despite the fact that more and more women in the United States are affected
by lung disease, women frequently do not receive the appropriate care.
The Women’s Lung Health Program at Jupiter Medical Center is a unique
resource dedicated to the care of female patients with lung disease.
Women’s lung health is a focus for many reasons: Women have a higher
rate of asthma than men; in the United States women with COPD outnumber
men, and the incidence of lung cancer in women continues to increase while
declining in men. More women die from lung cancer than breast cancer—and
two thirds of them never smoked.
Studies have shown that women with lung disease are less likely to receive
appropriate medical tests, such as pulmonary function testing. Women with
COPD are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having asthma. And women are
less likely to receive referrals to specialists who thoroughly understand
their diseases. Developed in conjunction with the Thoracic Surgery &
Lung Center of Excellence, the Women’s Lung Health Program is designed
to optimize care across their lifespan for women with lung conditions
EXPANDED GENETIC TESTING
Under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Taft, Medical Director of Comprehensive
Breast Program; Dr. Orna Hadar, Breast Imaging Specialist, Dr. Amy Argus,
Breast Imaging Specialist and Dr. Lila Saidian, Breast Imaging Specialist
at the Margaret W. Neidland Breast Center; and Genetics Counselor, Constance
"Connie" Murphy, ARNP, Jupiter Medical Center has expanded its
existing genetics screening into a comprehensive Genetics Screening Clinic
to support current recommendations by the American College of Radiology
and the Society of Breast Imaging. This clinic is the first of its kind
in the United States, changing the way physicians diagnose cancer in younger
patients. It also serves as a valuable care resource to the primary care
physician community that is often unsure when to recommend these important
screenings to patients, and have limited knowledge on advising patients
on where to have it done and how to have it covered by insurance.
Patients work with a nurse navigator to begin the screening process. The
test is reviewed by a genetics counselor at Jupiter Medical Center, identifying
areas of possible risk. Those identified as what we call “previvors,”
meaning they’re at increased risk due to their genes, will receive
additional assistance from a medical specialist, as well as wellness support
As a disease, cancer can affect an individual’s entire well-being—from
physical to psychological, social, and even spiritual wellness. The cancer
survivor population must navigate a complex, constantly evolving field
to conquer and recover from their disease. To address the unmet needs
of the cancer survivorship community, the Oncology Program at Jupiter
Medical Center is working to create a high-quality, patient-centered Cancer
Survivorship Program. A board-certified medical oncologist will lead this
program under the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines
for survivorship, screening, evaluation and treatment.
Integral to a patient’s recovery will also be an expanded Oncology
Health and Wellness Program housed within the Anderson Family Cancer Institute.
The program will provide an array of services such as massage therapy,
reiki, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and meditation, as well as
an on-site boutique to provide professional assistance with wig selection
and fitting to support patients, families and caregivers at every step—from
innovative “prehab” (prehabilitation) to palliative care counseling.
Clinical research is another integral component to our multidisciplinary
approach. Clinical trials are one of the most important weapons in the
continuing fight against disease and in the advancement of medicine. These
studies may offer patients the opportunity to receive new or potentially
more effective therapies, as well as state-of-the-art approaches to treatment.
Jupiter Medical Center participates in clinical studies and affiliates
with national research organizations to deliver clinical trials to our
local community. Our affiliations allow access to National Cancer Institute-sponsored
clinical trials. Patients have access to research that addresses many
aspects of cancer care, including new forms of treatment, methods of prevention,
ways of screening for cancer, and ways to improve comfort and quality
of life for cancer patients. Jupiter Medical Center also participates
in trials addressing general medicine, surgical outcomes and biosciences.
MEETING THE CHALLENGES
To meet the needs of the region, Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive
Cancer Program will have the ability to fully serve patients from diagnosis
through treatment. Additional, philanthropic support is essential to fully
realize Jupiter Medical Center’s evolution from a high-quality community
hospital to a worldclass regional resource, while maintaining our strong
community orientation and independence.