The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial Health
From our expert physicians to our cutting-edge technology and compassionate support programs, we're with you every step of your fight against cancer. The Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute offers the most comprehensive cancer treatment for many different types of cancer in the region.
We offer disease management teams specializing in breast, colorectal, urology, melanoma, thoracic, head and neck, upper gastrointestinal and gynecologic cancers. These teams combine the talents of surgeons, physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and other healthcare professionals.
Newly diagnosed cases are discussed at site-specific tumor conferences, where specialists from multiple disciplines review treatment plans and compare them to best-practice standards from across the nation. When it comes to cancer, we fight hard to save lives every single day.
For questions, scheduling an appointment or to refer a patient to Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, please Call (800) 343-3025 or (912) 350-8490.
After regular business hours, please call (877) 224-8515.
Clinical trials app
We’re pleased to offer a new cell phone application to make it easier for providers, patients, families and referrers to find clinical trials. The app provides information about our trials, eligibility criteria and contact information. If you have questions about the app, contact us at (912) 350-8707.
Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute believes that healing is so much more than just medicine. Our multitude of cancer support groups provide you a cancer care community to help you along your journey.
There are nearly 14 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. Survival rates are climbing, thanks to better screening and early detection. While we don't have screening tools to catch every type of cancer early, the tests that we do have are very effective and save countless lives every year.
Beginning at age 20, all men and women should have an annual physical that includes an examination of the mouth, skin, lymph nodes and testes or ovaries.
A low-dose CT scan of the lungs may detect lung cancer in its earliest stage, when it is easiest to treat. You may be a candidate for low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet the following criteria:
Age 55 to 80 years
- 30 pack-year history of smoking or greater. (A pack-year refers to the number of cigarettes smoked per day for a year. Smoking one pack per day for 30 years equates to 30 pack-years. Smoking two packs a day for 30 years equates to 60 pack-years. Smoking a half-pack a day for 30 years equates to 15 pack-years.)
- If you're an ex-smoker, you've quit within the past 15 years
- Age 50 or older
- 20 pack-year smoking history
- One additional risk factor, including COPD or pulmonary fibrosis; radon exposure; occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel; personal history of cancer; or family history of cancer
To learn more about lung cancer and screenings, call (912) 350-LUNG (5864).
We offer a specialized screening program for women with a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer. Women in their 20’s and 30’s should have a clinical breast exam every three years and should conduct monthly breast self-exams.
Beginning at age 40, women should have a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year for as long as they are in good health.
Beginning at age 50, men and women should have a colonoscopy every 10 years or have one of the following every five years:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Double-contrast barium enema
- CT colonography
At age 21, women should have their first cervical cancer screening test. From age 21 to 29, women should have a Pap test every three years. From age 30 to 65, women should have a Pap test and HPV test every five years or continue to have a Pap test alone every three years. Women over age 65 who have a history of normal Pap and cervical cancer test results can discontinue screening.
- Starting at age 50, men should talk with their doctor about having an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test with or without a rectal exam.
- African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin screening at age 45.
The medical oncology team at the Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute assists with the physical and emotional needs of people receiving chemotherapy. Your healthcare team will help you manage any side effects or discomfort you may experience, including:
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Effects on organ systems
- Effects on skin and nails
- Bone marrow suppression
- Blood clots and bruising
- Appetite and taste changes
The Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute uses INTRABEAM® intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) and TrueBeam® cancer technology to deliver patients the best radiation therapy possible.
Main Office 4700 Waters Ave Savannah, GA 31404
- Stereotactic radiosurgery: high-dose radiation delivered directly into tumors located in the brain or skull
- Stereotactic radiotherapy: high-dose radiation delivered to the lung, liver or bones
- Radioembolization, selective internal radiotherapy: injection of radioactive particles into the liver for primary and metastatic liver cancers
- Image guided radiotherapy (IGRT): uses daily CT scanning to accurately pinpoint the tumor location and movement so that the most precise beam of radiation can be delivered
- Respiratory gating: maps small changes in tumor location that occur as a result of normal breathing
- PET/CT treatment planning: using new imaging technology, we can diagnose cancer earlier, pinpoint tumor locations more accurately and better assess how well a person is responding to cancer treatment.
- High dose rate therapy: places a high dose of radiation directly into the tumor via catheters implanted within the body or tumor to minimize total treatments overall
- Partial breast irradiation: a specific breast cancer treatment that uses a very high dose of internal radiation and cuts total treatment time down to five days instead of the standard six weeks
- Prostate cancer seed implants: many small radioactive seeds that are implanted directly into the prostate to kill the cancer cells
- Unsealed source radiotherapy: Zevalin, Quadramet, I-131: small, radioactive substances that are taken by mouth or injected into the body to kill cancerous cells such as lymphomas, thyroid cancer and bony metastases