Translating Innovative Science into Compassionate, Patient-Centric Care

Saint John’s Cancer Institute is renowned for advancing therapeutics, translational science, and establishing standards of care. We foster robust fellowship programs, implement and initiate clinical trials, and collaborate with academic and industry partners worldwide.

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Innovation Starts Here

Saint John’s Cancer Institute (SJCI) is a pioneer in drug discovery, therapeutics, clinical trials, and research. SJCI established the Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy under the late Dr. Donald L. Morton, which has become the standard of lymph node care for melanoma and breast cancer worldwide.

Today, our patients continue to have access to innovative treatments, therapeutics, and trials. We are at the forefront of understanding the biology of cancer as well as expanding treatment for under-served communities.

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Myia avoids thyroid surgery with RFA treatment and restores her hormone balance and energy.

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, a professor of surgery who specializes in thyroid tumors and disorders, preserved Myia’s thyroid using this novel procedure.

“I waited for a very long time for an alternative method. I really didn’t want to lose my thyroid.”

– Myia

Learn more about Myia’s story and listen to how severe her thyroid conditions had become before receiving Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).

Blog & Video (10:18): Dr. Goldfarb Performs Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Enlarged Benign Thyroid Nodule.

Myia preserves her thyroid with RFA treatment at Saint John's Health Center

Thyroid Awareness

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, Director of the Center for Endocrine Tumors and Disorders at Saint John’s Health Center, and Professor of Surgery at Saint John’s Cancer Institute discusses thyroid conditions and cancer.

Within the year, thyroid cancer went from #2 in young adults to it being the #1 cancer in that age group.

– Melanie Goldfarb, MD, MSc, FACS, FACE

Listen to Dr. Goldfarb explain who is at most risk for cancer.

BLOG & VIDEO (2:01): January is Thyroid Awareness Month: Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, Endocrine Expert and Thyroid Surgeon, Discusses.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month - Saint John's Cancer Institute

Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment

Are you at risk? Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, Director of the Center of Endocrine Tumors and Disorders discusses treatment.

“We are pretty good at picking up what we think is cancer and what’s not.”

– Melanie Goldfarb, MD, MSc, FACS, FACE

Learn more about Thyroid Cancer.

Treatment, Video (06:20): Thyroid Cancer Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Saint John’s Cancer Institute and Health Center Welcomes Hyo K. Park, MD

Dr. Park is a Gynecologic Oncologist who is uniquely trained and experienced in both surgical and medical treatments for a variety gynecologic cancers and pelvic health issues. She joins Dr. Steven Vasilev and the gynecology care team.

Physician’s Bio: Learn more about Dr. Hyo Park.

Center of Excellence: Gynecology Center of Excellence.

Dr. Hyo Park - Gynecologic Oncologist - Saint John's Health Center

Saint John’s Cancer Institute and Health Center Welcomes Baiya Krishnadasan, MD

Dr. Krishnadasan is a General Thoracic Surgeon specializing in minimally invasive approaches for benign and malignant esophageal, lung, mediastinal, and pleural diseases. Dr. Krishnadasan joins Dr. Robert McKenna and the thoracic care team.

Physician’s Bio: Learn more about Dr. Krishnadasan.

Center of Excellence: Minimally Invasive Chest Surgery and Thoracic Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Baiya Krishnadasan - welcome

Open or Actively Recruiting Clinical Trials

Breast Cancer: Precision Medicine

Principal Invenstigator: Dr. Parvin Peddi: Learn more.

Melanoma Cancer: Drug Trials:

Principal Investgator: Dr. Kim Margolin: Learn more.

Neurological & Brain Cancer: Precision Medicine

Principal Investigator: Dr. Santosh Kesari: Learn more.

Prostate Cancer: White Button Mushroom

Principal Invenstigator: Dr. Przemyslaw Twardowski: Learn more.

Current Trials

Search using key terms or filter by Centers of Excellence or by Lead Doctor. Learn more.

Saint John's Cancer Institute - Featured Clinical Trials

What is it like to Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Mark Perzely was diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma—a rare and aggressive cancer that developed in his bladder.

“Once small-cell spreads, it won’t stop, and there are no approved treatments,” according to Mark’s video testimonial.”

– Mark Perzely

Read more about Mark’s story and listen to his outlook several years after the trial.

BLOG & VIDEO (5:43): What is it like to Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Mark Perzely, small-cell carcinoma survivor

Top Gun Surgeon?

Dr. Laura Fluke, Navy surgeon, is welcomed aboard the Donald L. Morton Fellowship at Saint John’s Cancer Institute

“I ranked this fellowship program as my number one choice, so being able to come has been a great opportunity.”

– Laura Fluke, MD

Learn more about Dr. Fluke’s story and listen to how she learned she had matched at Saint John’s Cancer Institute.

Blog & Video (11:45): Top Gun Surgeon? Dr. Laura Fluke, Navy surgeon, is welcomed aboard the Donald L. Morton Fellowship at Saint John’s Cancer Institute.

Dr. Laura Fluke aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

A Legacy of Research Excellence

Donald L. Morton, Surgical Oncologist best known for developing sentinel lymph node evaluation

“He was ahead of his peers in anticipating the genetics era of cancer research, for decades he carefully maintained archival specimen resource for correlative translational studies.”

– Laura Morton Rowe, Chief Human Resources Officer, Saint John’s Health Center

Learn more about the Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

OVERVIEW & VIDEO (18:43): Learn more about the Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Saint John's Cancer Institute

Fellowship Programs

Breast Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology
Neurosurgery
Translational Molecular Medicine
Urology

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute provides a diverse and comprehensive exposure to the multidisciplinary aspects of breast cancer care and benign breast disease over a one-year time period with a potential second year for continuation of clinical or basic science research.

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Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

With a longstanding history of excellence in multidisciplinary cancer care and research, the Saint John’s Cancer Institute continues its legacy in surgical oncology through the Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

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Neurosurgical Fellowship

This training program focuses on endonasal endoscopic and keyhole surgical approaches, neuro-endoscopy, pituitary tumor management and multimodality neuro-oncology treatments.

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Postdoctoral Lab-Based Translational Molecular Medicine Fellowship

As pioneers in translational studies on “liquid biopsies” involving circulating tumor cells in multiple types of solid tumors, the fellowship program also consists of studying epigenetic mechanisms regulating solid tumor as well as pharmacogenomics and immunogenomic based prediction of response to therapy.

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Urologic Oncology Fellowship

Providing world class, multidisciplinary training in genitourinary malignancies and urologic oncology research with innovative and cutting edge technology.

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Saint John’s Health Center

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