Medical Oncology

Different Cancer, Different Care

Always, the Best

At Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, we pledge to give every cancer patient the best care for a lifetime.  Our cancer experts, with extensive backgrounds in teaching and research, recognize that every patient and every cancer presents different opportunities and challenges. That is why giving the best means that one size never fits all.

Because approaches to treatments and patient support services can vary so greatly from one cancer type to another, each of our medical oncologists has specific areas of clinical expertise. By specializing, our physicians develop maximum experience with YOUR type of cancer and are able to stay abreast of the latest developments.   This allows us to individualize each treatment plan, whether it involves standard care or experimental therapy. For the patient, this means you get the best possible care  and your family receives the necessary support from the entire health care system.

Breast Cancer

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer benefit from a multidisciplinary case management conference where the case is reviewed by medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and pathologists to develop a consensus approach to treatment.  The lead medical oncologists are Zia Rahman, M.D. (previously on the faculty in Breast Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston), and Susan Rabinowe, M.D. (previously on the faculty at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA).

Gastrointestinal Cancers

Gastrointestinal cancers are typically divided into three groups:

  • cancers arising in the esophagus and stomach
  • cancers arising in the small intestine,  large intestine (colon), and lower large intestine (rectum and anus)
  • cancers arising in the liver, pancreas, and biliary tract.

In recent years many of the most exciting biologically-based therapies for cancer have been incorporated into routine care for these cancer types.   The lead medical oncologist for this program is Jonathan Sporn, M.D, who is a Professor of Medicine at University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia

The Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia Service includes sophisticated diagnostic techniques to specifically categorize Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, and acute and chronic leukemias.  This detailed classification has enabled us to select treatments that are specifically tailored to the exact type of cancer present in an individual patient.  This program is under the medical direction of Syed Bilgrami, M.D and Adam Boruchov, M.D. (previously a faculty member of the Hematology/Stem Cell Transplant Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in N.Y.)

Female Reproductive Cancers

We work closely with our surgical colleagues in Gynecologic Oncology to provide a complete approach to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various female malignant diseases, including cancers of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries.   A  multidisciplinary team approach is used to treat these cancers.  The lead medical oncologist for this program is Susan Rabinowe, M.D. 

Urologic Cancers

Cancers of the male and female genitourinary tract include cancers arising in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, and testes.    Treatment planning for these patients typically involves input from urologists, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists.    The lead medical oncologist is Alessia Donadio, M.D. (previously a faculty member of the Urologic Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in N.Y.) 

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer remains the most common cause of cancer death in men and women. Diagnosing and treating lung cancer requires the teamwork of primary care physicians, pulmonary specialists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists.   Increasingly, the routine management of these cancers requires a molecular analysis of the individual patient’s tumor which allows treatment choices to be personalized based on the tumor’s unique characteristics.   The lead medical oncologist is Joerg Rathmann, M.D. (previously on the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Cancer Center in Hanover, N.H.) 

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