Oncology

1st Floor, Acute Care Wing, KEMH

8am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Tel: (441) 239-2044 Fax: (441) 239-6330 Email: oncology@bhb.bm

 

The BHB Oncology Department is a restful, naturally sunlit area where patients receive chemotherapy treatments and meet with their oncology specialist and nurses.

Our priority is your comfort and your care. Our staff members are highly trained and experienced.

Oncology Team

BHB Oncology Team

Your oncology team (from left): oncologist Dr Sein Aung, clinical supervisor Michele Sampson, oncology nurses Jennifer Simons and Karen Scott, receptionist Samanthia Bean, oncologist Dr Chris Fosker and administrative assistant Evelyn Minors (seated)

Who will I see?

BHB has two on-island oncology specialists.

Our oncologists are supported by a team.

  • Oncology nurses: Registered nurses who have gone through specialist training for oncology. They will administer your treatments and meet with you from time to time about your care.
  • Receptionist: When you come to the oncology waiting room on the first floor of the Acute Care Wing, you will first be helped by our dedicated receptionist.

The oncology team at BHB will work with your family physician, Director of Palliative Care Dr Sharon Alikhani, PALS and overseas treatment facilities to ensure you receive the best possible care and support.

Tumour boards are standard in cancer care centres, and BHB is no exception. Our tumour board confers about every patient under our care in a weekly meeting of specialists, including oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and family physicians. These experts will explore and evaluate your condition and potential treatment options.

We are all part of the team who will help you through your cancer journey. We are here for you and will do all we can to help you.

Chemotherapy Clinic

The Chemotherapy Clinic

When you attend for chemotherapy, our clinic has eight comfortable reclining chairs with views across Paget. Each chair has its own television with access to TV, radio and internet. You can also bring your own reading materials, knit, sew, do crafts, or use your tablet or laptop computer.

Patients experience different feelings, but getting ready for chemotherapy can be scary. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions. Please also review our guide Introduction to Chemotherapy.

What to expect for your first visit

Before you arrive, the oncology nurse will contact you with your appointment time and advise you how long your visit will be. You can ask any questions you have about your first visit at this time.

For your appointment, it’s a good idea to bring someone with you. A companion can be supportive, can help you remember what was said, and can drive you home if you feel unwell afterwards.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy will be recommended for about two thirds of our patients. Bermuda residents can now receive their radiation therapy on the island rather than leaving their friends and family to travel overseas for extended periods of treatment.

Our partners at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, led by BHB oncologist Dr Christopher Fosker, can now provide the same level of care and treatment as an overseas facility in their new radiation therapy clinic on Point Finger Road.

Click here to learn more about radiation therapy in Bermuda.

Bermuda National Tumour Registry

Bermuda National Tumour Registry

The Bermuda National Tumour Registry is Bermuda’s first population-based, government-supported cancer registration body. The registry began data collection in 1979. It underwent restructuring in 2004 and was re-launched in September 2008.

According to the Bermuda Health Council, cancer is the second leading cause of death in Bermuda, accounting for 31.2% of all deaths in 2014. Reducing the burden of this disease involves many programmes, including a comprehensive database of all cancer cases island wide – a tumour registry. The registry requires input from primary care physicians, specialists on island and overseas, pathology departments and healthcare planners in order to obtain the most current and concise data.

The data collected by the tumour registry includes: patient information (demographics, social habits and family history), tumour diagnosis specifics, treatment and hospital information, and follow-up particulars. The data can be analysed to compare the frequency and types of cancer between years, find patterns that identify possible risk factors, and predict future incidence.

Data collected by the registry can be used for population-based research, public health programme planning, evaluation of current practices and patient care improvement. The information helps health professionals to better understand the disease and to use resources effectively for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

The objectives of the Bermuda National Tumour Registry are to:

  • reduce the incidence of cancer in the community
  • help identify potential environmental risk factors, genetic links and high-risk behaviours which may increase the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis
  • assist in determining the efficacy of screening practices and ensuring that lifetime follow-up is conducted with every patient
  • provide accurate island-wide data for the government, health service providers, medical researchers and the general community.

The data gathered by the tumour registry serves the following purposes within Bermuda and overseas:

  • ongoing surveillance of cancer incidence and trends
  • provision of information for public and professional education
  • epidemiologic and academic research

 

Annual Reports

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Sein Aung MD FACP
Director of Oncology
Oncology, Haematology

Dr Sein Aung, MD FACP, joined the Bermuda Hospitals Board as Director of Oncology in October 2014. Prior to that, Dr Aung was a Faculty Physician/Oncologist/Haematologist at the Weinberg Cancer Institute at the Franklin Square Hospital Center from 2000. For eight years he served as Chief of Haematology, before being appointed Director of Oncology and Haematology Education in 2010. He is a clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr Aung is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Haematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Bermuda Hospitals Board, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget, DV04
Tel: (441) 239-2044 - Fax: (441) 239-6330 - Email: oncology@bhb.bm

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Sein Aung MD FACP
Director of Oncology
Oncology, Haematology

Dr Sein Aung, MD FACP, joined the Bermuda Hospitals Board as Director of Oncology in October 2014. Prior to that, Dr Aung was a Faculty Physician/Oncologist/Haematologist at the Weinberg Cancer Institute at the Franklin Square Hospital Center from 2000. For eight years he served as Chief of Haematology, before being appointed Director of Oncology and Haematology Education in 2010. He is a clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr Aung is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Haematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Bermuda Hospitals Board, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget, DV04
Tel: (441) 239-2044 - Fax: (441) 239-6330 - Email: oncology@bhb.bm

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Christopher Fosker MBChB, BSc, MRCP, FRCR
Consultant Oncologist
Oncology

Dr Chris Fosker joined Bermuda Hospitals Board as an Oncologist in May 2015. Tasked with treating cancer patients with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and molecular therapy, Dr Fosker works also with Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre as their medical director overseeing the radiation programme. He is an affiliate medical staff member at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a consultant at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston. Prior to his arrival in Bermuda, Dr Fosker worked at St James' Institute of Oncology in Leeds, UK. Dr Fosker has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and graduated from Leeds Medical School in 2003. He completed a Fellowship at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where he received the RS Bush Award for academic excellence.

Bermuda Hospitals Board, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget, DV04
Tel: (441) 239-2044 - Email: oncology@bhb.bm

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Sein Aung MD FACP
Director of Oncology
Oncology, Haematology

Dr Sein Aung, MD FACP, joined the Bermuda Hospitals Board as Director of Oncology in October 2014. Prior to that, Dr Aung was a Faculty Physician/Oncologist/Haematologist at the Weinberg Cancer Institute at the Franklin Square Hospital Center from 2000. For eight years he served as Chief of Haematology, before being appointed Director of Oncology and Haematology Education in 2010. He is a clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr Aung is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Haematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Bermuda Hospitals Board, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget, DV04
Tel: (441) 239-2044 - Fax: (441) 239-6330 - Email: oncology@bhb.bm

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Christopher Fosker MBChB, BSc, MRCP, FRCR
Consultant Oncologist
Oncology

Dr Chris Fosker joined Bermuda Hospitals Board as an Oncologist in May 2015. Tasked with treating cancer patients with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and molecular therapy, Dr Fosker works also with Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre as their medical director overseeing the radiation programme. He is an affiliate medical staff member at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a consultant at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston. Prior to his arrival in Bermuda, Dr Fosker worked at St James' Institute of Oncology in Leeds, UK. Dr Fosker has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and graduated from Leeds Medical School in 2003. He completed a Fellowship at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where he received the RS Bush Award for academic excellence.

Bermuda Hospitals Board, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget, DV04
Tel: (441) 239-2044 - Email: oncology@bhb.bm

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Sharon Alikhani MBBS MSc
Director of Palliative Care
Palliative Care, Sports Medicine

Dr Sharon Alikhani, MBBS MSc, was appointed Bermuda Hospitals Board's Physician Lead for Hospice and Palliative Care in August 2008. Working primarily out of Agape House Hospice, she is responsible for the care of all inpatients and also provides palliative care for individuals in an outpatient setting, including the patients' homes. Dr Alikhani received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from St. George's Hospital Medical School at the University of London in 1993. She completed a training programme in General Practice and has been a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners since 2001 . She received a Diploma in Palliative Care from University of Cardiff in Wales. Dr Alikhani also has a Master of Science in Sports Medicine from Queen Mary College at the University of London.

Bermuda Hospitals Board, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget, DVO4
Tel: (441) 239-2025 - Fax: (441) 239-2155 - Email: Sharon.Alikhani@bhb.bm