Oncology

HSA Oncology has been voted Gold for the Best of Cayman Islands 2023.

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Our Haematology, Oncology & Chemotherapy Centre offers oncology services which include diagnosis and management of various cancers and non-cancer conditions.

The unit saw a total of 630 patients in 2022. The most common cancers presented are:

  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Prostate
  • Myeloma
  • Lymphoma
  • Lung

The most common non-cancers presented include:

  • Low blood count (eg. anaemia)
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Thalassaemia

Separated from the main hospital building, our Haematology, Oncology & Chemotherapy Centre offers patients an intimate and private setting. Our staff includes two full-time oncologist-haematologist and specialist oncology nurses who provide individualised care to each patient.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a condition that can be very invasive, aggressive, and fast spreading. Cancer begins to manifest when one cell grows, and therefore outgrows other cells in the body; this prevents cells from dividing and reproducing in an ordinary way. 

Cancers can vary depending on many different aspects, such as the speed of the spread and the severity of symptoms. In all cases, cancers will grow in the form of a tumor or growth: non-cancerous tumors are called ‘benign’, and cancerous tumors are called ‘malignant’.

The main way the spread of a cancer is tracked and recorded is through stages. The cancer stage helps a doctor to figure out if the cancer has remained localised or spread to other organs and/or the bones. 

Cancer Stages

Stages 1 and 2 mean that the cancer has remained stable, but Stage 3 means it has spread quite a bit. Stage 4 is the highest ‘stage’ of cancer.

Stages are important because they can help your doctor decide the most effective treatment for a specific stage (and therefore severity) of cancer.

Early Detection

Cancer Screenings

We offer the following cancer screenings and recommend talking with your doctor about when you should begin regular screenings.

Breast Cancer

Clinical breast exam, mammograms, ultrasound, MRI, blood test

Colon Cancer

Colonoscopies, stool test, blood test, CT

Prostate Cancer

Blood test (PSA), digital rectal examination

Cervical Cancer

PAP smear test

Ovarian Cancer

Transvaginal ultrasound, tumor markers

Lung Cancer

CT

Cancer Treatment

Our Haematology, Oncology, & Chemotheraphy Centre offers:

  • Immunotherapy,
  • Endocrine Therapy,
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonoal Therapy 
  • Sectorial Resection
  • Targeted Therapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Cold Cap Therapy 
Chemo nurse coldcap 2

Cold cap therapy can help reduce the loss of hair.

A cold cap is a type of therapy to reduce the loss of hair. Its cooling effect reduces blood flow to the scalp, which also reduces the amount of chemotherapy medication that reaches this area therefore helping in prevention of hair loss.

Our team also works collaboratively with the surgical unit to offer surgery as required.

Our Team - Oncologists

Oncology

Dr Lundie Richards

George Town Hospital 95 Hospital Road
George Town, George Town
Chemotherapy

Dr Danielle Smellie

Haematology, Oncology & Chemotherapy Centre Pines Dr
George Town, George Town

Coping & Support

All patients are offered referrals to a psychologist and a nutritionist. Our Centre provides informational/educational materials as well. Additionally, there are different support groups managed by the Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Foundation.

Location

Specialty Care

Haematology, Oncology & Chemotherapy Centre

Pines Dr
George Town, George Town
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