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Mitchell Cancer Institute

About Mitchell Cancer Institute

At the Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) our mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions to improve cancer outcomes. Every breakthrough we make is built on an advancement of knowledge through science.

Mitchell Cancer Institute hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Services Offered at Mitchell Cancer Institute

As the leading research facility in the region, MCI serves as a center for advanced services in the treatment of cancer with radiation, surgical and medical oncology. Our surgical oncologists perform procedures at USA Health University Hospital and USA Health Children's & Women's Hospital.

Breast Care

USA Health provides expert breast care for women, including education, routine exams and screenings, diagnostic tests, and a full range of breast surgical procedures.

Breast Surgery

Our team of board-certified surgeons provide a full range of breast surgical options, including reduction, augmentation and post-mastectomy reconstruction.

Cancer Genetic Testing

USA Health works with patients and their families who may be diagnosed with or genetically predisposed toward certain cancers.

Cancer Prevention Program

Some 30 to 50 percent of cancers are preventable. USA Health offers the only active cancer prevention program in the region. See what we’re doing to help you avoid cancer or detect it early.

Colorectal Surgery

USA Health's team includes three board-certified surgeons who specialize in surgical treatment of the colon, rectum and anus.

Gastrointestinal Surgery

USA Health gastroenterologists focus their expertise on removing cancerous tumors in the gastrointestinal tract and related organs.

Genetic Counseling

We evaluate a family’s history of an inherited medical condition and provide support and information to patients who may be at risk of inheriting or passing on that condition.

Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic oncologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat cancers of the female reproductive system.

Gynecologic Surgery

Our gynecologists perform a full range of procedures to treat the female reproductive system for conditions that may require hysterectomies, tubal ligations or reversals, biopsies, in vitro fertilization or repairs to the pelvic floor.

Imaging for Women

USA Health offers a full range of imaging options using the latest technology and expert diagnostic capabilities.


With routine screenings and various diagnostic options, breast cancer is often detected in its earliest stages and when it’s most treatable. At USA Children's & Women's Hospital Breast Care Center, we offer the latest imaging technology and expertise in both screening and diagnostic mammography.

Medical Oncology

Medical oncologists and hematologists typically take the lead in helping patients fight their cancer with chemotherapy and other drug treatments.

Pediatric Cancer Care

When a child is facing a blood disorder of any kind, whether cancerous or noncancerous, USA Health hematologists and oncologists offer a level of expertise that provides hope to families.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Our surgeons perform reconstructive surgery to repair or replace parts of the body that may be physically damaged by cancer.


Neurosurgeons at USA Health specialize in surgical procedures involving the brain or spine, including resections to remove tumors.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncologists use sophisticated equipment and advanced radiological technology, including the CyberKnife™ robotic system, high-dose brachytherapy and TomoTherapy to treat tumors throughout the body.

Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncologists use surgical procedures to help diagnose, stage and treat cancer, especially by removing malignant tumors.


Urogynecology is dedicated to the treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders that could lead to urinary or rectal incontinence. The set of muscles that make up the pelvic floor provide support for the bladder, intestines and the uterus.

University Hospital Infusion Services at Mitchell Cancer Institute

When your oncologist recommends chemotherapy or any other treatment involving drug infusion, you will get expert infusion services at Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI). At our state-of-the-art infusion suite, designed specifically with patient needs in mind, we strive to make receiving chemotherapy as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Our infusion suite features 20 infusion stations in an open environment, as well as two private rooms. Large windows overlooking a beautiful landscape and outdoor patio fill the infusion suite with bright natural light. Comfortable chairs in a communal setting provide a relaxed atmosphere and offer loved ones space to remain with the patient while they receive treatment. Each infusion station features a computer with wireless internet service and TV/cable service that allows the patient to watch television, a movie or surf the internet, and hopefully helps make visits as stress-free as possible.

A team of cancer professionals provides care to our patients requiring chemotherapy. This infusion team includes two full-time pharmacists with special training and certification in oncology, nurses, nurse practitioners, a dietitian and a social worker. Our Chemo Sabe volunteers, also part of our infusion team, are present to lend a hand, offer refreshments or provide a warm smile when needed.

The Hope: An Infusion Suite for Pediatric Oncology Patients

A new infusion suite called the Hope has been developed specifically for pediatric oncology patients at MCI to combine most cancer infusions under one roof at the only center on the upper Gulf Coast that couples research and clinical care in one space. The new Hope suite at MCI is decorated in an ocean theme and equipped with electronic tablets and televisions to help distract and entertain young patients during what can be hours-long treatments.

The Hope: An Infusion Suite for Pediatric Oncology Patients

The Cancers We Treat At Mitchell Cancer Institute

The oncologists at USA Health are experienced at giving patients every opportunity to fight, overcome and survive the following cancer diagnoses.

Brain Cancer

Refers to any of the several types of tumors that occur in the spinal cord or brain when cells mutate and grow.

Breast Cancer

A cancer that arises when cells mutate and reproduce without control, usually beginning in the milk-producing part of the breast.

Cervical Cancer

A cancer that develops in the cells of the cervix, which connects the vagina and the lower part of the uterus.

Colorectal Cancer

Commonly referred to as colon cancer, this cancer occurs when polyps or abnormal growths inside the large intestine or rectum become cancerous.

Endometrial Cancer

Sometimes referred to as uterine cancer, this occurs when malignant tumors develop in the layer of cells that line the walls of the uterus.

Head and Neck Cancers

As the name implies, this family of cancers happen in the head and neck region. They include lip, mouth, throat and tongue cancer, as well as cancer of the pituitary, thyroid and salivary gland, among others.

Hodgkin’s Disease

Also called Hodgkin’s lymphoma, this rare cancer of the lymphatic system is distinguished from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by the presence of the Reed-Sternberg cell.


A cancer of the bone marrow and lymph system, leukemia occurs when the body’s bone marrow produces white blood cells that are abnormal and don’t function properly.

Liver Metastases (Secondary Liver Cancer)

When cancer begins in another part of the body and spreads to the liver, it metastasizes. This is different from primary liver cancer, which is much more rare.

Lung Cancer

As the name implies, this cancer stems from the lungs, and there are three different types. Knowing the type is important to the treatment.


The most dangerous of all skin cancers, melanoma develops when skin cells experience DNA damage, primarily through exposure to UV light, and mutate into cancerous cells.

Multiple Myeloma

A blood cancer in which the body’s plasma cells generate too much protein. This protein then causes damage to organs.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

A cancer of the lymphatic system where lymphocytes, or cancer-fighting cells, mutate and begin to multiply, crowding out normal, healthy cells.

Ovarian Cancer

A cancer that begins in one of the two ovaries in a woman’s reproductive system.

Pancreatic Cancer

One of a group of cancers that form in the pancreas when cells mutate, multiply and spread uncontrollably until they form a tumor.

Prostate Cancer

A cancer that occurs in the prostate, a small gland located near the bladder. It is one of the most common cancers in men.

Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

A cancer that occurs in the stomach, usually when the mucus-producing cells that line the wall of the stomach mutate and become cancerous.

Uterine Cancer

While typically diagnosed as endometrial cancer, it can also be uterine sarcoma, which is a cancer that forms in the muscles of the uterus as opposed to the uterus lining.


Sarcoma is a rare cancerous tumor that occurs in connective tissues - fat, nerve, muscle, bone. Sarcomas that grow to the size of a basketball or watermelon can also be found in the abdomen.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, we make every effort to see you quickly, usually within 72 hours. Let us help you connect with a specialist at the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

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Education and Research

At the Mitchell Cancer Institute, we focus on saving lives. Our physicians, scientists and students collaborate to provide innovative patient therapy and research, along with educating the next generation of caregivers.

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Clinical Trials

Through clinical trials at MCI, USA Health continues to seek new breakthroughs for early cancer detection and life-saving treatments for cancer patients.

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Listen to MCI's Podcast: The Cancering Show

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Seeing cancer as a part of life that touches every person and community is today’s reality and the spark for MCI's first podcast. This is more than knowing and fighting cancer. It’s more than just relaying science, hope and technology. It’s a platform for knowledge, stories, coping advice, life tips, inspiration, humor, jokes and even smiles. Together our purpose is to demystify cancer, take away as much fear out of the diagnosis, treatment and process as we can, and defeat its grip on our lives. 

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Download the MCI Clinical Trials App

The USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Trials App provides searchable, up-to-date information about cancer clinical trials available at MCI. The app also allows you to quickly connect with medical, gynecologic and surgical oncologists who treat a wide range of cancers across southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. To interact with current clinical trials at MCI while on the go, download the MCI Clinical Trial App below.

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Cancer Care Support Groups

Emotional health and support during cancer therapy and recovery can be just as important as physical treatment. MCI offers support groups for cancer patients across the Mobile and Fairhope areas.

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MCI Oncology Navigators

At MCI, we have two types of oncology navigators to guide you through treatment and help make your experience with our facility as seamless as possible. Our team is here to answer questions and navigate you through many of the challenges that arise during your fight against cancer.

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Mitchell Cancer Institute - Fairhope

MCI has expanded its cancer care services for those patients living in Fairhope and Baldwin County. As an academic cancer center that is part of USA Health, we provide comprehensive and advanced treatment for patients battling cancer.

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Pharmacy Services at MCI

The USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Pharmacy is committed to being an integral part of our patients' healthcare teams by providing education, follow up, and drug support strategies effectively and affordably.

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Refer a Patient

If you would like to make a referral into the Mitchell Cancer Institute, please call (251) 410-1010 or use our online Refer a Patient Form.

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Second Opinions

If you’re concerned about the cancer diagnosis and treatment plan you have received, you may want to get a second opinion from a medical oncologist at USA Health.

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Volunteer at Mitchell Cancer Institute

Volunteers at MCI have the opportunity to support and encourage patients and their families as they undergo cancer treatment.

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Student Research Opportunities

We believe it is imperative that our research staff work to foster an interest in science and technology in today’s youth. Through a variety of programs, we offer students an opportunity to explore careers in biomedical science.

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Fellowship Training

USA Health and the USA College of Medicine are proud to provide two fellowship training programs at the Mitchell Cancer Institute. The Medical Oncology Fellowship is a two-year program, and the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship is three years. Learn more about these ACGME-accredited programs:

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Plan Your Visit to Mitchell Cancer Institute

We want to make your first visit as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Below are some helpful guidelines and what to expect on your first visit to MCI.

Arrival Time
• Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
• If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact the appointment line at (251) 665-8000 or 1-800-330-8538 as soon as possible.

What to Bring
• Current insurance information
• Driver's license or alternate photo ID
• Medication list. Please include all prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking. If you are unable to make a list of the medications, bring the actual medicines with you to your appointment to show the doctor or nurse.
• X-ray images, CT, PET or MRI scans, pathology slides. You may also request that these be submitted by your referring physician prior to your visit.

In addition to the above items, you may also consider bringing the following to your first appointment:

Questions for Your Doctor
Consider writing down questions you may have and bringing them with you. This will help you remember what questions you want answered. You may want to bring a pen and notebook to record the doctor's responses.

A Friend or Family Member
We understand that your first appointment may be a little overwhelming. A friend or family member can support you by helping you ask questions, record responses to your questions and recall details of your visit as you make decisions regarding your care.

You may be here for a lengthy amount of time for your initial visit. Although snack machines are available, you may want to consider bringing along a snack.

A Light Jacket or Sweater
The waiting areas and exam rooms may be cool. For personal comfort, you may want to bring a jacket or sweater.

Parking & Directions

Mitchell Cancer Institute offers free valet parking service at the front door entrance. Free patient and visitor parking, as well as handicapped parking areas, are located to the east and south of the MCI building.

1660 Spring Hill Avenue Mobile, Alabama 36604
P: (251) 665-8000
F: (251) 665-8010
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Hours of Operation

The Mitchell Cancer Institute hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Amenities at Mitchell Cancer Institute

Our goal is to make your stay or visit with us as comfortable as possible. We offer several convenient amenities to make that happen.

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Resource Room

At MCI we offer wigs, scarfs, hats, bra prosthesis and bra options for patients who cannot afford to purchase these items.

Free Valet Parking

Complimentary valet parking is available at the front door of MCI. Additional patient parking and handicapped parking areas are located to the east and south of the MCI building.


We offer free wireless access from anywhere inside MCI to all of our patients and visitors.

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