Frank M. Torti, M.D.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University is one of the nation’s oldest NCI-designated cancer centers (1974). CCCWFU recently celebrated its 30th year of delivering quality patient care, providing education and outreach to individuals at risk for developing the disease, and achieving excellence in basic science research. Our center was conceived and developed as the central core of a community-wide research effort in clinical trials and cancer control. We have a tradition of outreach to communities and area physicians, touching the five-state region which borders western North Carolina.
We are committed to improving the health of special populations within this region through understanding issues related to cancer care of underserved rural and urban populations in isolated pockets of the Appalachian Mountains, rural agricultural communities, and urban areas. As a Comprehensive Cancer Center, we have placed priority upon addressing cultural and demographic issues which create barriers to quality cancer care among African Americans, our rapidly growing Hispanic population, and two Native American Indian Tribes (Eastern Cherokee and Lumbee).
A key component of our research and clinical care operations is translating the research of investigators into applied care and treatment, improving the survival and quality-of-life of our patients. Our translational research efforts are organized differently from other Cancer Centers. We have structures within the Cancer Center called Centers of Excellence (COEs) and the job of these centers is to pull together researchers in the clinical, basic and prevention/genetic sciences along disease-specific themes. Specifically, their “job description” is to strengthen scientific creativity and applicability through interaction among disciplines. We have found this approach leads to unique translational insights, resulting in more effective care and treatment. In addition, we are an NCI-supported Research Base which allows participating centers around the country rapid access to innovative therapeutic trials developed by our investigators.
The center leadership is a diverse group of cancer researchers, including chairs or section heads of Biochemistry, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Biology, Hematology and Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Urology, Regenerative Medicine, and the Wake Forest Nanotechnology Center. We have over one hundred scientific members. Our size and committed Cancer Center leadership has created an environment of camaraderie and intense scientific interaction. This provides added value to cancer center members and helps us to play a significant role as a member of the national team of Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated to end the suffering and death due to cancer.
At the Comprehensive Cancer Center, we apply a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. Different specialists work together as a team to provide the best possible treatment plan for you after meeting with you in a clinical setting and reviewing your diagnostic imaging results.
Advanced Cancer Treatments in North Carolina
Treatments for most types of cancer include surgery, medical oncology (chemotherapy) and radiation oncology. Learn more about the various treatment options we provide:
Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy)
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells and prevent them from spreading.
- Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy
Performed by only a handful of surgeons across the country, intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy (IPHC) is performed in concert with traditional surgery to remove the cancer.
- Axesse™ Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
Axesse™ Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is a radiation treatment that offers highly-accurate targeting of tumors and lesions virtually anywhere in the body.
- Gamma Knife®
Gamma Knife® stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has become the treatment of choice for selected benign and malignant brain tumors and vascular malformations involving the brain, as an alternative to conventional open surgery.
Brachytherapy is a form of radiation treatment where the radioactive material is placed in direct contact with the tumor, or areas at risk once the tumor is removed post-surgery.
Other Cancer Treatments
- Tumor Immunotherapy
Tumor immunotherapy is the treatment of cancer with biologics, hormonal therapies and vaccines.
- Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology involves non-surgical treatments for cancer, including radiofrequency tumor ablation.
- Blood and marrow Transplantation
The complex transplantation procedure uses stem cells isolated in bone marrow or blood, either from a compatible donor (related or unrelated) or the patient’s own bone marrow or blood.
*Source: National Cancer Institute