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Dr. Neil Friedman, Director of The Hoffberger Breast Center is one of the most respected breast cancer surgeons in the Baltimore area. He has focused his career on improving treatment options for women with breast cancer.
Mercy's cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy provides leading edge pain treatment options to patients throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a doctor removes a small sample of skin tissue. This video shows how and why a doctor performs a skin biopsy.
The expert cancer team at Surgical Oncology at Mercy in Baltimore provides treatment options for all stages of melanoma. Our doctors have been participants in multi-national trials on better surgical treatment of late stage melanoma to bring forth new treatment methods.
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. Normal pigment-producing cells become cancerous and aggressively invade surrounding healthy tissue. Most melanomas resemble moles and are brown or black, but they can also be pink, red, purple, white or skin colored. Melanoma is typically caused from exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
Melanoma often appears as a mole and tends to be larger than a pencil eraser, uneven in color, asymmetrical, and ragged around the border. Melanoma may remain only in the skin or it may spread through the blood or lymph system to other organs and bones.
It is important to diagnose the tumor’s spread to the lymph glands early and the sentinel lymph node biopsy technique is a minimally invasive way to do so.
Surgical removal of the tumor is the most effective treatment for melanoma. For more advanced melanomas that include regional spread or metastases to other organs, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery.
An innovative technique called isolated limb infusion (ILI) treats late stages of melanoma (and sarcoma) confined to an extremity (an arm or leg). During the procedure high doses of chemotherapy are delivered directly to the tumor. ILI is available only in a small number of centers worldwide and Mercy is proud to offer this state-of-the-art treatment option.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Drs. Armando Sardi, Vadim Gushchin and Kurtis Campbell utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and radiofrequency ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology, is a skilled cancer surgeon offering expertise in gastrointestinal malignancies as well as advanced treatment options including HIPEC and robotic surgery.
An embolism and a trip to Mercy's Emergency Room leads to a patient's colon cancer diagnosis, treatment and eventual recovery.