HUMBLE, TEXAS (August 20, 2014)

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital will offer free cancer screenings at its first-ever Community Cancer Screening from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

Residents in the Lake Houston area are encouraged to focus on their overall health and well-being by stopping by the event at the Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast, 18960 Memorial North in Humble. The Center is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

“People are not always comfortable discussing health issues, especially topics like cancer,” said Mamta Kalidas, MD, a clinical oncologist with the Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast and the medical director for the event. “However, we must be actively engaged in our health, right alongside our doctors. Early detection is definitely the key and this Community Cancer Screening is another step in helping to prevent and detect cancer.”

The free cancer screenings will be performed by Urological Surgeon Burkitt Jensen, MD; Obstetricians/Gynecologists David Bonilla, MD and Vonne-Gretchin Jones, MD; and Otolaryngologist Yamileth Nicolau, MD. In addition, Colon & Rectal Surgeon Tal Raphaeli, MD, will be available at a “Ask the Doctor” table to discuss colorectal cancer.

The physicians at the Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast are board-certified in radiation oncology or medical oncology, and have extensive experience in treating all types of adult cancer patients. Many of the oncology nurses hold national certification in oncology nursing and have earned Oncology Certified Nurse credentials, the gold standard for oncology nurses.

With almost $4 million in advanced radiation therapy equipment, the Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast is designed as a one-stop shop for the treatment of cancer. The center offers a linear accelerator with stereotactic body radiotherapy capabilities so that very high doses of radiation can be delivered to small, well defined tumors; high-dose rate brachytherapy equipment which permits the placement of radioactive material inside a patient’s body and allows delivery of higher doses of radiation to specific areas of the body; and a computed tomography scanner with large gantry bore that produces high resolution images for radiation treatment planning.