Cancer Institute provides new aid to locals
Dr. Ijaz I. Arshad, medical director of the Cancer Institute, discusses the new cancer treatment center at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley on Wednesday. Dr. Arshad brings more than 10 years of medical oncology experience while the center provides state-of-the-art care including chemotherapy, biotherapy and immunotherapy. (SERGIO BASTIDAS PHOTO / May 16, 2013)
The state-of-the-art center provides a full range of medical oncology care including chemotherapy, biotherapy and immunotherapy, led by medical director Ijaz Arshad, founder of Esperanza Oncology.
“When you come here we’ll take care of you,” Arshad said.
With a number of Imperial Valley residents diagnosed with cancer, the institute marks the second of its kind in the Valley and the first to be present in the Northend, Arshad explained.
“We try to get everything coordinated faster so you don’t wait for your diagnoses and treatment for many weeks,” Arshad said.
Teaming with Pioneers Memorial Hospital allows the institute to assist patients sooner and at a closer location, Arshad explained.
“You don’t wait for a surgery appointment, you don’t wait for the radiology department,” he said. “We like to cut down your wait time to days and hours.”
In the last three months since the institute’s opening, Ashad has seen 70 to 100 new patients suffering from a variety of different types of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma cancer.
“Our message is to come to us earlier than later and don’t worry about the financial aspect of it,” Ashad said.
Through its affiliation with the hospital, the institute is also able to assist patients with information to financial programs currently available to them.
“A lot of people wait because they think they don’t have money to pay for it, but that’s the beauty of working with the hospital,” Arshad said. “The truth is cancer is not something you can wait on. Every moment that passes is time a patient won’t get back.”
Arshad encourages local patients to stop by and start getting treated as soon as possible.
“People wait too long to seek medical care,” Arshad said. “If you think you have cancer or if you have been diagnosed don’t wait at home, come in and we will take care of you today.”
For more information on the Cancer Institute contact 760-351-3737.
Staff Writer Celeste Alvarez can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at email@example.com