About The Cancer Centre Bahamas
The Cancer Centre Bahamas is the first one of its kind in this hemisphere, as well as the first accredited American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Centre, outside the United States and North America.
A component of The Medical Pavilion Bahamas, The Cancer Centre Bahamas is among the leading comprehensive cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment centres in the English-speaking Caribbean. The centre is the only one of its kind in this hemisphere and now the only accredited American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Centre, outside the United States and North America. It is the only one to house the entire medical, paediatric, surgical and radiation oncology staff under one roof with all supporting areas and state-of-the-art equipment.
Cancer is the number two killer in the Bahamas and most of the Caribbean after heart disease. There are a very small minority of countries in the English-speaking Caribbean, 4 out of 13, equipped to treat cancer with radiation therapy. While Cobalt-based radiation therapy is the mainstay in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, newer private centres offer more modern linear accelerator-based radiation therapy in Jamaica and Trinidad, similar to The Cancer Centre in The Bahamas.
Located within The Medical Pavilion Bahamas, The Cancer Centre Bahamas is a private, non-government facility, which enables it to move speedily to adapt to new technology, equipment and personnel, thereby keeping it on the leading and cutting edge of cancer care. Housed in a new US$12 million facility, with a brand new Medical Oncology Division and its own Chemotherapy Infusion Centre which functions as a Day-Hospital, The Cancer Centre offers all three modalities of treatment for cancer in medical, surgical and radiation oncology. The Centre is always in search of new techniques and modalities that expand the horizons of treatment of this deadly disease, such as Stem Cell, Gene and Alternative Therapies. The Cancer Centre Bahamas was the first to perform Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and High Dose Rate Brachytherapy in The Caribbean, and performs 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy as its minimum standard of care delivered. The Centre is also a leader in the integration of multidisciplinary cancer care utilizing all three main conventional modalities of Radiation, Medical and Surgical Oncology, while seeing to continued efforts at screening and surveillance programs to enhance early detection and prevention, as with The Breast Centre.
The Cancer Centre Bahamas is a facility with experts on many types of cancers and is skilled at treatments involving chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and much more. It’s very important for the specialists at the facility to develop a trusting and long-lasting relationship with their patients. The Cancer Centre’s mission is to promote excellence in Oncology and Haematology and to provide quality care to our Peoples of The Bahamas and Caribbean by reducing morbidity and mortality from cancer.
Comprehensive Screening, Diagnostic, Treatment and Support Services Include:
- Programs for Breast, Prostate, Cervix, Ovarian and Colon Cancers
- General Radiology and Imaging Services
- Nuclear Medicine and Cardiology (Bone Scanning, etc.)
- Whole Body Imaging
- CT Urography
- Advanced CT Service with the GE Lightspeed 16 CT Scanner via The Imaging Centre
- Virtual Colonoscopy and Bronchoscopy
- Digital Mammography, Ultrasound And Image-Guided Biopsy Services via The Breast Centre
- Medical Oncology with its own Chemotherapy Infusion Centre
- Paediatric Oncology
- Radiation Oncology including External Beam and BrachyTherapy
- Surgical Oncology, including Gynaecologic and Urologic Oncology
- In-House Full Service Medical Laboratory
- In-House Pharmacy