Dr. Miguel Rivera and TBIH featured in Doctor’s Life Magazine

Individual Physicians are Teaming Up to Survive in the Modern Healthcare Market

In today’s medical market, natural selection is at an all time high. The demands and costs for physicians in private practice have skyrocketed since the 2010 signing of the Affordable Care Act. They are being pressured to use information technology, such as new electronic health record systems, and other new resources to improve patients’ wellbeing. However beneficial these resources may be, they are extremely costly. Because of this, more and more doctors are choosing to band together in Independent Practice Associations, better known as IPAs.

Essentially, an IPA is a network of physicians who remain independent, but agree to work together to contract with HMO’s or other managed care plans to improve the quality of care they provide. These collaborations can be advantageous for physicians, patients and the community at large. However, they also have their drawbacks.


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Kent Radiation Therapy Featured in Providence Business News

Kent Radiation Therapy in Warwick, R.I. recently earned the prestigious accreditation in radiation oncology from American College of Radiology. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.

Local newspaper Providence Business News covered this achievement in the story below.

WARWICK – Kent Radiation Therapy has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology, after a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

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Roger Williams Radiation Therapy Featured in Providence Business News

Roger Williams Radiation Therapy recently expanded their cancer treatment technology with SBRT, which provides greater accuracy and enhanced precision, delivering treatment in a shorter timeframe.

Local newspaper Providence Business News wrote about the technology in the story below. Continue reading “Roger Williams Radiation Therapy Featured in Providence Business News” »

Dr. Sheila Rege and Northwest Cancer Clinic Featured on KNDO-TV

When a husband and wife go through cancer together, they have each other to lean on, as well as radiation oncologist Dr. Sheila Rege with Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick, WA. In the video below, Mr. and Mrs. Farris discuss their cancer treatment together on local news station KNDO-TV.

Northwest Cancer Clinic Featured in the Tri-Cities Journal of Business

Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick recently added a device called Optune to help fight brain cancers. Dr. Sheila Rege was interviewed by the Tri-Cities Journal of Business explaining the benefits of the device in the story below.

by Audra Distifeno

The Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick is giving patients with glioblastoma brain cancers a new tool to battle invasive cancer cells — a device called Optune.

Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick is affiliated with 21st Century Oncology, a national provider of integrated cancer care services. It was one of the first medical practices nationally to provide Optune.

“If you have a new weapon to fight the brain tumor – even if you’re prolonging survival – it’s a huge benefit because, like I tell my patients, then there may be something else that can help later,” said Dr. Sheila Rege, M.D., who has been an oncologist in the Tri-Cities for 18 years. “It’s been several years since we’ve seen something that can control glioblastoma. That’s why there’s so much excitement.”

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St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands Technology, Talks With CBS Affiliate

St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center in Stockton recently expanded its technology, adding Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) to its arsenal of cancer treatment options.

Dr. Dan Vongtama talked with local CBS affiliate KOVR regarding the benefits of this new technology. View the video below.

Dr. Mark Bloomston’s Return to Hometown is Perfect Medicine for Patient

Dr. Mark Bloomston, surgical oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, was raised in Fort Myers, FL but left for Ohio to begin his clinical career. He returned home in 2015, just in time to help a pancreatic cancer patient in dire need of his expertise. Below is the story that appeared in the Fort Myers News-Press.

By Craig Handel

What is a pancreas, anyhow? I mean, I don’t know what the damn thing does for you, besides give you cancer.”

Tommy Lee Jones’ character of William ‘Hawk’ Hawkins in the film ‘Space Cowboys’

Never “in a million years” did Dr. Mark Bloomston think he’d return to Fort Myers as a surgical oncologist.

A call from a childhood friend piqued his interest. A Little League organizer with a memory for names reminded Bloomston that even though the area has evolved,  the core of this community has remained the same. And he was needed.

So Bloomston came home again. He even lives in the same neighborhood he grew up in.

And Haley Sams-Casey couldn’t be more appreciative.

The persistent 41-year-old nurse was told surgery couldn’t be done for a tumor in her pancreas. She was given six months to live.

Three months ago, Bloomston removed the 3- by 5-centimeter tumor from her pancreas.

The life-saving surgery is becoming routine for Bloomston: It’s a procedure he has done more than 300 times before.

Patients and media have praised Bloomston. US News and World Report has rated him one of the top doctors in the nation, while his patients rank him in the top 10 percent in satisfaction.

He also has written 150 scientific articles and is on cancer committees.

“Between Lee and Collier County there are general surgeons but I don’t believe there is a surgical oncologist with his specialty in pancreatic cancer,” said Michele Moon Schumann, Bloomston’s childhood friend who sent him an e-mail asking if he’d be interested in coming back home. She’s now vice president of strategy and innovation for 21st Century Oncology.

“People who have that cancer either wouldn’t have it operated on or would have to go somewhere else.

“I’m glad he’s back.”

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Dr. Brian Lawenda Discsuses How Despite Screening, Lung Cancer Hard to Find Early

Dr. Brian Lawenda, radiation oncologist in Las Vegas, knows all too well that lung cancer can be difficult to spot early because of lack of symptoms. In the story below, he speaks with the Las Vegas Review-Journal on how to identify common symptoms and explains it’s always important to talk to your doctor.

By Linda J. Simpson

Lung cancer is a great pretender. It can hide quietly for years behind symptoms that are easily mistaken for minor ailments or exhibit no symptoms at all. By the time the majority of people go to the doctor with complaints, lung cancer has already progressed into the advanced stages of the disease, which decreases their chances of survival.

“I think it’s important that patients should be explaining to their doctors any new symptoms that they have,” said Brian Lawenda, board certified radiation oncologist and clinical director of 21st Century Oncology. “Either new shortness of breath — new cough, new sputum that has blood in it, for example — any of those symptoms or weight loss that’s unexplained are things that should definitely be brought up with their primary care doctor,” he said.

Lawenda estimates in his practice that only 10 percent of the lung cancer patients are diagnosed in the earliest stage of the disease. Oftentimes the cancer is found by accident while being tested for other medical conditions such as a blocked artery.

“Lung cancers, like many other cancers, take many years if not decades to develop and so you could have a small nodule that could be sitting in the lungs for many years without any symptoms going on until at some point when the tumor gets large enough to finally cause symptoms. That’s not uncommon,” Lawenda said.

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the U.S. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

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