Symphony of Hope

Hope is the belief in a positive result related to events or circumstances in one’s life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had, that things will turn out for the best. Hope is a cancer survivor’s strength and courage.
If you or a loved one is facing cancer, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) can orchestrate a personalized treatment plan for you. The instruments used by its accomplished cancerfighting professionals include evidence-based treatments, techniques and technologies. PMC also participates in leading-edge research and clinical trials in affiliation with the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida.
PMC has long been recognized for its excellent cancer program. For 10 years, it has received continuous certification from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program, the most recent certification with commendation. PMC also holds National Gold Seal certification from The Joint Commission for excellence in breast cancer care and palliative (comfort) care.
Many compassionate care partners contribute to the ongoing excellence in cancer care at PMC and in the community. Three recently have taken it to the state and national levels because of their commitment to healing and dedication to the North Brevard community.

 Florida division of the American cancer society

Gloria Velez-Barone, MSN, ARNP, has been involved in cancer care throughout her nursing career. She joined Parrish Medical Center in 2000 and immediately began work to enhance the hospital cancer program within PMC’s healing environment.
Velez-Barone has held many local and national positions with cancer and nursing organizations. Her most recent appointment is to the Florida Division Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a director at large. As a board member, one of her responsibilities will be to help adopt a strategic plan that establishes outcomes, sets strategies and allocates resources for the Florida ACS, which ultimately will help our local ACS. The board also is responsible for the financial viability of the Florida ACS through its policies, programs and activities to ensure the availability of resources to achieve short- and long-term planned outcomes.
The ACS signature fundraising event is the annual Relay For Life, a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. Events are held throughout the country, and the Titusville Relay For Life has been on the PMC campus for the past two years.

 outstanding cancer liaison physician

Daniel Cuscela, D.O., recently received the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons.
The CoC was developed as a grassroots network to help manage clinically related cancer activities in local hospitals, medical centers and surrounding communities. Cancer liaison physicians are volunteer physicians who spearhead CoC activities at the facility and community levels and are a required component of CoC-approved cancer programs. A Moffi tt affi liate physician, Dr. Cuscela also is a volunteer faculty member at the new UCF College of Medicine in the medical education and radiation oncology departments. His current research is aimed at the treatment of weight loss in cancer patients through the use of intravenous lipid therapy and nutritional support procedures.
“As liaison physician at PMC, I am able to work with the backbone of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the North Brevard community,” Dr. Cuscela says. “Directly tied to this is our involvement in a large study for the American Cancer Society under the University of Michigan that looks at cancer treatment in the community. Receiving this award is confi rmation that what we are doing here is making a difference in people’s lives in North Brevard.”
Dr. Cuscela is employed at the American Cancer Treatment Centers, under medical director Wasfi Makar, M.D. They are board-certifi ed radiation oncologists who are available for consultations, referrals and second-opinion consultations at two locations in Brevard County. Call 321-269-7878 for the Titusville office.

 national advisory board of the international oncology network

Richard Levine, M.D., president of Space Coast Cancer Center (SCCC) and medical director of the cancer program at PMC, recently was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the International Oncology Network. Comprising 3,000 medical oncologists, the national network collaborates to improve the quality and service cancer patients receive in the community offi ce setting. Dr. Levine started—and has been the medical director of—the PMC cancer program since 1984. He has also served on many other local and state boards, including past president of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology. Through the International Oncology.
Network, Dr. Levine will be able to work with hospitals across the country, helping other cancer centers and hospitals become knowledgeable about clinical guidelines and pathways using evidence-based medicine. The board also helps physicians incorporate current health trends in their practices, including the use of electronic health records, e-prescribing, pay-forperformance protocols and new technology advances. That will lead to safer care and better survival rates.
Dr. Levine’s appointment is the culmination of his leadership and the teamwork between PMC and SCCC over the years. PMC and SCCC have been affi liated with the Moffi tt Cancer Center since 2001. This has allowed for collaboration on a number of national clinical trials facilitated through SCCC and input from Moffi tt cancer experts, including seminars and video conferences with PMC physicians.
“This appointment will greatly benefi t our entire community as both SCCC and PMC continue to be proactive to enhance the quality of cancer care and services to residents of North Brevard,” Dr. Levine says.
Space Coast Cancer Center is at 490 N. Washington Ave. in Titusville. Call 321-268-4200 for appointments, consultations, referrals and second-opinion consultations.