Cancer Care

Cancer Care

At USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, our team of oncologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists collaborate through medicine, research and technology to offer you what you want most—hope.

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Cancer Care at USA Health

At USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, Ala., medical and radiation oncologists, hematologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists work together to provide diagnosis, staging, surgery and advanced cancer treatment options to our patients. Each physician is a disease-focused expert, which means we can offer every patient a more specialized degree of care.

We approach the treatment of our patients as a team, bringing together physicians, nurses, radiologists, pathologists, researchers and other specialists in a weekly tumor conference to discuss new diagnoses, recurrent cancers and challenging cases. From these meetings emerges a course of treatment that is guided by the collective expertise of the team, as well as National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines.

As an academic medical center, USA Health offers continuous research, clinical trials, education of our medical staff and programs promoting cancer control and prevention. We see the most complex, difficult and challenging cases on a daily basis, which puts us in a position to provide the most advanced and appropriate course of treatment for each patient.

At Mitchell Cancer Institute, we create multidisciplinary support teams to help guide patients and their families through their care journey. Our comprehensive care includes social and financial services, psychological care, nutritional counseling, chaplains, physical therapy, palliative care, support groups and more.

USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute has been recognized for:

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Clinical Services For Cancer At USA Health

Comprehensive cancer care requires many disciplines working together. Below are some of the core clinical services we provide to patients.

Medical Oncology

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

Surgical Oncology

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

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncologists harness the power of radiation to treat cancerous tumors using sophisticated equipment and advanced radiological technology.

Gynecologic Oncology

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

Pediatric Cancer Care

USA Health physicians treat childhood cancers as well as other blood disorders such as hemophilia and sickle cell anemia.

Second Opinions

If you’re concerned about the cancer diagnosis and treatment plan you received from another doctor, get a second opinion from a qualified medical oncologist at USA Health.

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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.

Leukemia

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.

Melanoma

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

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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Cancers That USA Health Is Uniquely Equipped To Treat

Our experienced oncologists treat a wide range of malignancies, but there are several specific cancers for which USA Health offers care that's unrivaled along the Gulf Coast region.

Gynecologic Cancers

USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute is transforming gynecologic cancer care. Surgeons at USA Health regularly perform surgeries using the da Vinci robotic surgery system. In fact, we continue to advance the use of minimally invasive methods to treat gynecologic cancer. Towards the prevention and early detection of cancer, our team is working to develop a revolutionary new diagnostic tool for endometrial and ovarian cancer, the first of its kind.

Head and Neck Cancer

The head and neck region is home to the very parts of the body we depend on to see, taste, hear and smell. Cancers that occur in that region require an especially sensitive and delicate level of precision. At USA Health, we have a multidisciplinary group of specialists devoted to preventing, recognizing, diagnosing and treating these cancers. Our CyberKnife System—the only one of its kind in the region—is ideally suited to deliver high doses of precisely targeted radiation to the tumor site.

Breast Cancer

At USA Health, we use a disease-focused team of specialists from several healthcare disciplines to help patients prevent, diagnose, treat and recover from breast cancer. Toward that end, we make it easy for patients to get an appointment if they suspect they may have a lump in their breast and provide same-day results for diagnostic mammograms. When patients are diagnosed with breast cancer, the entire team works together to develop a course of treatment that not only results in a long life but a higher quality of life.

Gastrointestinal Cancers

Gastrointestinal cancers are complex diseases and can be difficult to treat. The subspecialists at USA Health have developed an expertise in this field that is unparalleled in our region. Board-certified surgical oncologists meet regularly with pathologists, medical oncologists, clinical trials specialists and other healthcare professionals to tailor therapies to each patient's needs.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, we will make every effort to see you quickly, usually within 72 hours. Search below for a doctor who can help you.

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Cancer Prevention Program

Cancer Care Begins With Prevention

Some 50 to 70 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.

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Cancer Genetic Testing

USA Health has the only board-certified genetic counselor in the region who works with patients and families may be diagnosed with or genetically predisposed toward certain cancers.

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University Hospital Infusion Services at MCI

When your oncologist recommends chemotherapy or any other treatment involving drug infusion, you'll visit Mitchell Cancer Institute for expert infusion services.

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Oncology Navigators at Mitchell Cancer Institute

A cancer diagnosis marks the start of what can be a daunting and complex season of life. Find the support you need for the journey from the caring individuals in our Oncology Navigator program.

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Cancer Care Support Groups

Cancer affects no two people the exact same way, but that doesn’t mean you are meant to face cancer alone. Find out about the many support groups available at USA Health and throughout the community.

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Clinical Trials

Advances in cancer care come through clinical trials. Find out about our clinical trials program and treatment options that might be available to you.

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Research-Driven Results For Fighting Cancer

Academic medical centers such as USA Health are committed to research that leads to improved patient outcomes and precision medicine. Find out what investigators, physicians, physician-scientists, medical students, clinical fellows and Ph.D. graduate students are doing to make a difference.

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Upcoming Events

Nov212019

Celebrate Hope is the signature gala for USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Held the Thursday before Thanksgiving each year, the event features dishes by local chefs paired with wine and craft beer, as well as live entertainment. Since its inception, Celebrate Hope has generated $3.1 million for cancer research. This year's Presenting Sponsor is the USA Foundation.

Nov222019

Med School Café is a free community lecture series sponsored by the USA Health Physicians Group. Each month, faculty from the USA College of Medicine share their expertise on a specific medical condition, providing insight on the latest treatment available.

Dec32019

The event will feature a 50-foot lighted holiday tree, children's choirs, sweet treats, and visits with Santa and other children's characters.

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Sign up for free car seat safety checks at Children's & Women's Hospital. Our team is dedicated to ensuring the safety of your child.

Dec102019

The Lights of Love Holiday Tree Trail is a display of holiday trees in Geri Moulton Children's Park at Children's & Women's Hospital from early December through the New Year.

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