Sylvester Receives Grant to Enhance Patient Services in Deerfield Beach Facility

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach has received a $20,000 grant from Angie’s Spa Cancer Foundation to provide integrative medicine services to patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

At a November 1 check presentation at the Deerfield Beach satellite, Ashwin Mehta, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of clinical medicine and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, and Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and Medical Director of Sylvester at Deerfield Beach, accepted an oversized check representing the gift.

Mehta says the goal of the Integrative Medicine program at Sylvester is to apply a client-centered wellness model that uses sound nutrition, physical activity, acupuncture, optimal sleep, and mindfulness to enhance quality of life in those living beyond cancer.

“The addition of massage therapy services made possible by this gift from Angie’s Spa will complete our integrative medicine clinical offerings,” says Mehta. He adds that massage therapy is “an essential component of integrative medicine and there is mounting evidence to support the effectiveness of massage in complementary cancer care. We aim to research creative applications of this multi-disciplinary, integrative approach to cancer care and how it can best be used to help our patients live longer and healthier lives.”

“This gift takes our unique integrative medicine program to a new level by providing spa services at a community-friendly academic facility that already provides one-stop care to patients with cancer, with more than 40 experts in more than 20 specialties — a model not found anywhere else in Palm Beach and Broward counties,” Jahanzeb added

Also in attendance were Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, president of the board of directors for the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation and her sister Laura Sylvester, daughters of Harcourt Sylvester Jr., who pledged $27.5 million to build Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1992.

Angie’s Spa Foundation Executive Director Nancy Benson Berry, said she is pleased to make Sylvester the Foundation’s first funded program in the Southeast and its sixth funded program overall.

“Since our incorporation four years ago, there has been compelling research proving that complementary therapy, such as massage, is a significant component in a patient’s medical treatment plan, even though it is not often covered by insurance,” Berry said. “ASCF is funding this grant to provide therapeutic massage to cancer patients.”

The New York-based organization, reliant solely on volunteers, raises funds to provide free integrative medicine services at cancer centers across the nation.
Since opening 20 years ago, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has transformed cancer research and treatment in South Florida and beyond.

To better serve patients in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Sylvester expanded into Deerfield Beach in 2003. Since then, the facility has undergone a dramatic expansion to build the multidisciplinary Women’s Center and Radiation Oncology Center.

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