M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital Provides Cutting-Edge Cancer Care
One of the top cancer treatment facilities in the world has expanded into New Mexico – and specifically into Albuquerque.
In April 2007, the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas agreed to partner with Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque. The result is world-class radiation cancer services that are now available to New Mexicans at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Radiation Treatment Center at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital.
“Our partnership with M.D. Anderson brings nationally recognized cancer expertise to New Mexico,” says Jim Hinton, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “It offers more choices for radiation cancer treatment to patients.”
Besides a top radiation therapy team, the cancer center is outfitted with the latest equipment available to medicine today. That equipment includes an Image Guided Radiation Therapy delivery system, which is capable of administering ultra precise doses of radiation to previously unreachable tumors.
All of the latest equipment helps to provide cancer treatment services in medical oncology, hematology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology.
“I believe in an integrated approach where we are able to offer cover all lines of cancer care,” says Dr. Mitchell Binder, medical director of the Presbyterian Medical Oncology Program. “We are now providing New Mexicans with more medical and radiation oncology treatment cancer services at one location.”
Binder says that for many people with cancer, radiation treatments are a daily routine to help kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. To help those patients, Presbyterian now offers specialty surgical capability for general, orthopedic, neurosurgical, urological, colorectal and gynecological oncology cases.
The hospital also has an in-patient unit dedicated solely to oncology, which includes specialist consultation services that are immediately available to patients. There is also a clinical social worker on staff, and Presbyterian Kaseman is an active participant in and supporter of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
The hospital also has a Tumor Referral Board that allows individual patient cases to be reviewed by a number of specialists, for the purpose of getting second opinions on treatment options.
As for the overall radiation therapy team at Presbyterian, it includes radiation therapists, medical physicists, dosimetrists (specialists who use computers to help design treatment plans), nurses and patient service coordinators who have all been trained at M.D. Anderson.
M.D. Anderson has been ranked as one of America’s Best Hospitals in survey after survey conducted by US News & World Report.
“I myself have gained valuable training with M.D. Anderson,” says Dr. Ramesh Gopal, medical director of radiation oncology at Presbyterian.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian has seven hospitals in the state, including its Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital campus in Albuquerque.
“For nearly 100 years, Presbyterian has been committed to a single purpose,” Hinton says. “That is to improve the health of individuals, families and communities throughout New Mexico.”