Medical Units

Oncology Center

Legacy Heritage Oncology Center and the Larry Norton Institute at Soroka

​Center Director: Prof. Itzhak Avital

An Oncology Center with a vision at Soroka, setting a new standard:

A smart, integral hospital, information systems that facilitate decision-making, a personalized application, cellphone navigation between departments and rooms, multidisciplinary clinics according to treatment branches, and smart digital signage. A one-stop shop center with the best specialists at the pinnacle of technology.

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Treatment frameworks at the Oncology Center:

Oncology Division

Oncology Division Director: Prof. Nir Peled

The main Cancer Center in the Negev giving inclusive oncology services to cancer patients in the area.

The division staff is tasked with diagnosis, follow-up, consultation, and guidance for cancer patients while keeping tight connections with other treatment frameworks in Soroka and the community.

The cancer specialists at the division cooperate closely with the various treatment providers: community doctors, doctors specializing in surgery, imaging, pathology, pain, infectious diseases and other areas, the Center for Breast Health, contact nurses, social workers at the institute and the community, dietician, and additional services. The division team also works as part of special multidisciplinary clinics and holds multidisciplinary professional discussions (tumor boards).

Oncology Department

Department Director: Prof. Nir Peled  

The Oncology Division team refers patients to the Oncology Department.

Some patients are referred to hospitalization by the ER or other departments at the hospital.

Upon a patient's discharge from the department, the medical information about the hospitalization course is transferred to the treating doctor at the Oncology Division and the patient receives a hospitalization summary letter to give to his or her family doctor.

Doctors make rounds every morning.

On Mondays a "big visit" takes place with an expanded team of doctors between the hours of 8:15-12:00.

Patients receive information Sundays to Thursdays. An appointment can be made with the doctor when coordinated ahead of time with the department secretary (a message can be left on the secretary's office door).

 

Outpatient Oncology

The outpatient oncology team, which operates as part of the Oncology Division, treats people who need treatment at the hospital, but not complete hospitalization.

The outpatient oncology team includes: an oncologist, a nursing team, a secretary, a national service worker, and volunteers.

  • The team has close ties with the community nurses and ongoing treatment units in the community.
  • Every new patient meets a nursing team member, who gives them complete guidance regarding the treatment:

    Its nature, expected side effects and an explanation on how to avoid them, and instructions for treatment if they appear.

  • The radiation unit nurse at the Radiation Unit also instructs the patients regarding radiation therapy.

  • At the end of every treatment day, the patient receives a letter summarizing the treatments they received that day and post-treatment recommendations.

  • Services given as part of the Outpatient Oncology Unit:

    • Nutrition and Diet Service

    • Psycho-oncology Services

    • Art class

    • Support groups for patients and their family members hosted by a nurse and a social worker.

 

Oncology Clinic

Director: Prof. Nir Peled  

The team at the clinic provides consultation services, treatment, and follow-up for cancer patients

•Multidisciplinary meetings also take place as part of the clinic (tumor boards) with the participation of an oncologist, surgeon, pathologist, and imaging specialist.

  • These meetings enable optimal communication between the doctors from various specializations planning the course of treatment.
  • In multidisciplinary clinics, doctors from various specialties discuss patients with different types of cancer: colon cancer, liver metastases, urologic tumors, head and neck tumors, breast cancer and gynecological tumors.
  • These clinics also act as infrastructure for clinical teaching for students and advanced study doctors.
  • Once a week (on Wednesdays at 15:00) an Oncology Division meeting is held with the participation of the entire professional forum, in which new patients are presented and each patient's treatment plan is discussed.

At the end of the discussion, a treatment decision is agreed upon and registered on the patient's medical chart.

Contacting the clinic

  • Referral to the Oncology Division Clinic is usually done after the initial diagnosis of malignancy is determined. The referring agents are doctors in the hospital's departments and clinics, community doctors, or other medical institutions.
  • Upon making the appointment it is advisable to transfer any relevant medical document to the clinic secretary (via fax or directly to the secretary) such as disease summaries, accessory test reports.
  • Records are ordered from the hospital archive, as needed
  • New patients are asked to provide a financial commitment from the insuring agent.
  • Following the doctor's exam, patients receive appointment forms and instructions regarding the need for additional commitment forms.
  • The institution secretaries instruct the patients where and how to make appointments for tests in other hospital units, such as the imaging institute, the nuclear medicine institute, or in institutions outside the hospital.
  • At the Oncology Division secretary office, it is possible to receive instruction brochures on various subjects, a detailed explanation on the range of services at the division, a map of the division, explanation brochures from the Israel Cancer Association, and brochures on support activities for patients and their families at Beit Maagan.

 

Radiation Unit

Radiation treatment is an important treatment tool for patients with a diagnosis of malignancy

Unit Director: Dr. Olga Blushinsky

Tel 08-6400882, Email OlgaB@CLALIT.org.il

Treatment stages at the Oncology Division Radiation Unit

  • Before administering radiation therapy, the Radiation Unit doctor meets the patient for assessment, making a treatment plan, and explaining the treatment.
  • The radiation nurse also meets the patient to explain the treatment, side effects that might appear, and their treatment.
  • The patient undergoes a process of treatment planning through a simulator (CT-simulator)
  • During the simulation the patient lies in a position similar to the one they will be in while receiving the radiation treatment. The team determines the location of the tumor in the body through the simulator and transfers the data to a computerized planning system operated by a physicist and a doctor.
  • Transferring the treatment instructions to the radiation technical team operating the linear accelerators
  • The patient is invited for treatment. The radiation treatments are given on Sun-Thurs and usually last several minutes. The length of the radiation course is dependent on the treatment protocol.

Additional information regarding treatment

  • No radioactive substances accumulate in the body during the radiation treatment, and people staying with the patient who underwent treatment do not face any risk.
  • The Radiation Unit team performs routine medical follow-up for the radiation treatment course. The radiation nurse accompanies the patients, monitors side effects from the radiation treatment, and coordinates the treatment according to the patient's situation.
  • During treatment, the radiation doctor and nurse instruct patients regarding the side effects of the radiation therapy, and they can be contacted with any questions.
  • Some patients receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy simultaneously, depending on the treatment protocol - the radiation nurse instructs the patients how to prepare for combined treatment with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
  • Every Sunday of every week a professional meeting is held, with the participation of the entire radiation team, where they report on the course of treatment and the patients' status. At the end of treatment, the doctor examines the patient and determines either the next step in treatment or follow-up.
  • Detailed explanation regarding radiation treatment can be received in brochures from the Israel Cancer Association available at the radiation unit, on the website, or through tele-information:

Israel Cancer Association: www.cancer.org.il.

Tele-information: 1-800-599995.

Tele-information in the Russian language: 1-800-343344.

The services available through the Oncology Division

Social Services

The institute's social workers provide counseling and support on financial topics (financial aid, travel reimbursements, tax returns and more), talks and explanations, and host support groups.

To make an appointment, call the Oncology Division Secretary by telephone at 08-6400379, 08-6400225.

Psychology Services

Operated as part of the oncology day hospitalization unit. Referral through the division nurse or treating physician.

Diet Service

Operated as part of the Outpatient Oncology Unit, and the Hospitalization Department. Referral through the division nurse or treating physician at the division.

Occupational therapy by the Israel Cancer Association is performed as part of the Outpatient Oncology Unit, and the Hospitalization Department.

Ambulatory Hospice Service

Operated as part of the institute headed by Dr. Yehoram Zinger from the Hospice Unit of Clalit's South district.

Referral through the treating physician at the division.

 Volunteers from the Israel Cancer Association operate as part of the division and the department.