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
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.
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
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