When it comes to cancer treatment, the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast has always provided world-class skill, leading-edge technology and the most modern cancer care available. “Residents in the Bay Area of Houston may not realize that such comprehensive cancer services are available to them close to home,” says Sahba Nadeem, M.D., an oncologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “It’s a tremendous benefit to the community, because it is not uncommon for some patients to require treatment every day for six to seven weeks. With the Center so close, the burden is lessened for both patient and caregiver.”
At the Center, patients have access to exceptional clinical expertise in a broad range of cancers, including breast, urologic, colorectal, gynecologic, head and neck, lung and thyroid. Accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the Center offers a continuum of diagnostic, treatment and support services to address the needs of patients in all stages of illness.
“Revolutionary advancements in oncology allow our multidisciplinary team to employ a radiation oncology program with an array of breakthrough techniques to treat multiple types of cancer,” says Nadya Hasham-Jiwa, M.D., an oncologist also affiliated with the hospital. Image-guided radiation therapy combines a variety of imaging methods to more accurately locate and target a tumor before radiation even begins. And a triple-energy linear accelerator delivers a uniform dose of high-energy X-ray, providing one of the highest levels of precision for targeting and treating tumors.
New bronchoscopy technology is also employed to improve the ability to detect and treat lung cancer at earlier stages and in areas traditionally difficult to access. The iLogic™ System at Memorial Hermann Southeast is the only device of its kind in the Bay Area of Houston and provides a minimally invasive pathway to peripheral lung lesions – even for patients with procedure-restricting conditions.
The Center also offers supportive services such as pain management, psychosocial counseling, nutritional guidance and support groups. A specialized oncology nurse navigator guides each patient through every step, providing educational services and acting as a liaison to coordinate appointments, gather information and ensure the best experience possible. “The Center is patient-focused,” says Dr. Hasham-Jiwa. “No longer do patients have to seek out care – we’re bringing it to them.”
Letters from our patients:
To the Nurses and Staff,
When I count my blessings, you all are among them. I want to thank you for the kindness, caring and compassion you all have shown to me during this bump in the road in my life. May God bless each of you as you have blessed me.
– D. Crow
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Nothing can demonstrate my gratitude to all of you for your care for me during these past few days. You have gone “above and beyond” what might have been required of you, and you are very dear to me. You will remain in my heart and prayers, and I thank you for choosing this kind of care as your profession.
– L. Cassidy