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Cancer care alliance to offer blood and marrow transplantation, cellular therapy

Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines will be the site of the new partnership for cancer treatment between Memorial Healthcare System and Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. The program launched on July 1.
Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines will be the site of the new partnership for cancer treatment between Memorial Healthcare System and Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. The program launched on July 1. Memorial Healthcare System

Florida’s leading cancer treatment center is setting up shop in Pembroke Pines under a new partnership with South Broward’s public hospital network, Memorial Healthcare System, to provide clinical care of leukemia and lymphoma and to establish the county’s only blood and marrow transplant cellular therapy program.

Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program, provides physicians and other healthcare professionals to staff the program, which launched on July 1 at Memorial Hospital West.

Dr. Hugo Fernandez, a Moffitt cancer specialist and chair of the new program, said the Memorial alliance is the first to provide the Tampa center’s own physicians and medical staff to patients in South Florida.

“We’re trying to expand Moffitt’s footprint … in the state of Florida,” Fernandez said. “What the partnership allows us to do is instead of patients traveling all the way to Tampa, they can get it here in their backyard.”

Fernandez said that under the alliance, Moffitt and Memorial will be able to partner on cancer research in malignant hematology or blood disorders, and establish Broward’s only cellular therapy program.

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