“They make you feel every day that you are the only V.I.P: very important patient.” That’s how Isaiah Bazile describes the Proton Therapy Center team at Miami Cancer Institute. He and his wife Suzely were expecting their first child in February, at the same time he was completing proton therapy treatments.
“One day all of them came and greeted me in the lobby; the engineer, the therapists, the physician, all of them. They pulled out a teddy bear and an envelope and they were ...all smiling. And it really moved my wife and I almost to tears because it was so genuine and so unexpected and wonderful an experience. Each of them even took the time to write something personal in the card, not just sign their name. It was priceless.”
Today, the teddy bear in its 'It’s A Girl!' t-shirt resides in the crib of one-month-old Esther Bazile, a reminder of the special relationship between a patient, a family and a special proton therapy team.
Says the proud father, “They are a great team and I was blessed to have them share my journey.”
Always is good to have people like Dr. "D" and his team... caring of my baby.
Very blessed to have my sons care at this facility.
What makes us different? We're the only cancer center in the world to offer all of the latest radiation therapies - including proton therapy - in one place, which enables our expert radiation oncology team to choose the right treatment for each patient's individual needs.
Tonight we are blessed to celebrate the official grand opening of our Live Like Bella® Pediatric Proton Radiation Program at Miami Cancer Institute. In alliance... with Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are proud to collaborate with one of the top healthcare systems in the world as we seek out treatment for children battling cancer. We thank all of those who have made this milestone possible with their financial support and commitment to Live Like Bella®. Thank you for helping ensure that we are leaders in the world of childhood cancer and continue to fund cutting edge research. A special congratulations to @dr._matt_hall who leads the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program at MCI and is a recipient of the State of Florida’s first ever Live Like Bella® Initiative! #MiamiCancerInstitute #MemorialSloanKettering #ProtonTherapy #LiveLikeBella #LoveLikeRayna #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #LifeisaGift #TextBELLAto243725 #MakeaDifference #MIA #Miami #postoftheday #igdaily #pediatriccancer #nonprofit #forthekids #donate #cancer #gogold #childhoodcancer #findacure #research #fightcancer #hope #foundation #charity
Today we proudly announce the launch of South Florida's first state-of-the-art Proton Therapy Center, making this cutting-edge technology easily accessible to patients in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. See how proton works differently from standard radiation therapy.
Baptist Health is full of everyday heroes who go above and beyond to care for others. Meet Nicole Reper, certified child life specialist, Radiation Oncology, at... Miami Cancer Institute.
"I love the children I work with every day. I learn so much from each of them about resilience, determination and true joy. They are typical kids that happen to be facing atypical challenges, yet we still laugh and play. I enjoy the fun moments alongside them and see them through the difficult ones. I decided I wanted to work with children as an undergraduate volunteering in pediatric hematology/oncology at Johns Hopkins. Years later, as a certified child life specialist, I saw an opening at Miami Cancer Institute and took advantage of it. The patients’ positive attitudes despite their cancer diagnosis continue to amaze me. They are my motivation. Two patients who will always be special to me –a teenage girl with an amazingly upbeat outlook despite the rigors of daily treatment; and an adolescent boy who played tennis before treatment, and went back home ready to play with the new tennis racket we gave him. It’s very exciting to be a part of the new Miami Cancer Institute and what the future holds for the treatment of pediatric tumors. I know we will change the lives of many children, as they change our lives in return."
Tasty, healthy and informative - don't miss our next Inspire You event: Healing From Within. Sample exclusive recipes from Celebrity Chef Cindy Hutson, as she presents a demonstration featuring information about nutrition for cancer patients. Parking is free. RSVP today at MCIEvents@baptisthealth.net or call 786-527-7680.
Before Miami Cancer Institute opened South Florida's first Proton Therapy Center, children like Anayed Perez had to travel hundreds of miles from home to receive proton treatment. Follow along on Anayed's proton therapy journey and learn why this advanced form of radiation treatment offers a significant advantage to our youngest patients. http://bapth.lt/2FR3sKx
Baptist Health is full of everyday heroes who go above and beyond to care for others. Meet Roger Garcia, Radiation Therapist at Miami Cancer Institute
“To have ...this job, you have to be passionate – you have to love people, project optimism, be upbeat and positive, and treat them with dignity. I was a baker for 13 years, had back surgery and needed to find a new career. A friend of mine was being treated with radiation therapy and spoke highly about the therapists and thought that job would be perfect for me. I liked science and people, and decided to investigate. Radiation therapy is clinical, specialized, involves helping others, and it seemed like my true calling.
The human touch and being human is the main ingredient our patients need. People come here after they’ve received a scary diagnosis. It’s unsettling for them as well as their families. They are nervous, need support and ask a lot of questions. I strive to take away their worry, if only for a moment and make them smile.
My days can be very hectic. I am blessed that on the worst day, I extend people’s lives and on the best day I help save people’s lives. One of the best rewards is to see patients get well. At the end of treatment many of our patients say, ‘I’ll miss coming here.” That makes me feel like I’ve done my job in the best way possible.”
Miami Cancer Institute is honored to be among the recipients of funds from The Florida Department of Health to support our pediatric cancer research program. The attached press release announced the award of $700,000 to our Institute as part of the Live Like Bella Pediatric Cancer Research Initiative, which is designed to support researchers in their efforts to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and to develop cures for childhood cancer. The award to Miami Cancer Institute was the result of exceptional collaboration among Baptist Health Foundation, the clinical trials office here at the Institute, and our own Dr. Matthew Hall, in addition to our friends at Live Like Bella.
We thank all the family members, friends, teams, sponsors and volunteers who joined us at Miami Cancer Institute for Relay for LIfe of Kendall. With messages of hope, we celebrated survivors and remembered loved ones lost to #cancer while raising funds for the American Cancer Society in their efforts to find a cure.
More than 60 teams came together at Miami Cancer Institute for this year's Relay For Life with a day of food, entertainment and family fun. The American Cancer Society event celebrates cancer survivors and raises money to find a cure.
I’m incredibly proud to be the Honorary Chair for this year’s Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society at Baptist Hospital. In this photo, I am privilege...d to stand alongside Dr. Grace Wang who is the amazing oncologist who saved my mother’s life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago, Dr. Beatrice Currier, the Medical Director at the Miami Cancer Institute support center, and psychologist Dr. Paula Levine. It was beyond inspiring to walk alongside hundreds of survivors who are truly amazing people who define the meaning of hope and determination!
We’re grateful to Attie Crews for her ingenuity and philanthropic spirit. Attie launched “One Change” bracelets to raise funds for the fight against melanoma. Each bracelet has a tag emphasizing the importance of wearing sunscreen. To honor her mother, who is fighting melanoma herself, Attie and friends presented a check for $2,500 to Miami Cancer Institute from proceeds of sales of the bracelets.
Join us for "Healing From Within" featuring Miami Cancer Institute's Culinary Ambassador Chef Cindy Hutson, Owner of Ortanique and Zest Restaurants. Chef Cindy is joined by Dr. Michael Zinner, Founding CEO and Executive Medical Director and Lupita Townsend, Oncology Registered Dietician.
All are welcome, but reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP email MCIEvents@baptisthealth.net or call 786-527-7680.