Kidney Failure | Its Causes and Symptoms

Learn about its causes and symptoms to help you rule out the possibility of lasting damage in the kidney.

Kidney consistently ranks among the top 10 causes of morbidity (7th) and mortality (8th), according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. Tune in to #StCabriniHealthAccess with Dr. Erika Christina Basilan in a worthwhile discussion about Kidney Failure.

One of the 10 Best Level 2 Hospital in the Philippines

For being chosen by the Department of Health(DOH) as One of the 10 Best Level 2 Hospital in the Philippines that complies with:

  • Safety of Patients and Employees and Infection Control
  • Service Provision
  • Customer and Employees Satisfaction
  • Community Based Projects and Activities
  • Quality Improvement

Pre-audit ISO BS EN 15224 for hospitals from the ISO Swiss International, Accreditation and certification programs in health care

St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center and Cancer Institute’s pre-audit last October 25-26, 2018 for ISO BS EN 15224 for hospitals from the ISO Swiss International! Accreditation and certification programs in health care are used internationally to ensure, regulate and drive quality improvement and safety initiatives. ISO BS EN 15224 is one of these accreditation programs implementing the European standard for Quality Management Systems in Healthcare Services, setting as primary goals a patient’s safety and enhancement in quality care. BS EN 15224 is the specialized ISO 9001:2015 for Healthcare. As an NABH accredited hospital, SFCMC further aims to broaden its benchmark of excellence and advance its capacity to provide quality of care, patient safety, and good clinical outcomes.

Silver Award for Most Outstanding Quality Improvement Studies

St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center received a Silver Award from the Philippine Society for Quality in Healthcare! The Silver Award was presented during the 2018 Mid-Year Convention and Annual Search for the Most Outstanding Quality Improvement Studies and Poster Contest in the Hospital held at Lorna Medical Center in San Fernando, La Union for the category entitled, “Inpatient excess medications accumulated at the Pharmacy Department”. Kudos to our SFCMC Family!

The New Clinical Nutrition Unit

Dedicated team that provide comprehensive support for patients with specialized nutrition needs:

  • Clinical Nutritionist and Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacist
  • Physicians

Services Offered:

  • Nutrition Screening
  • Service Provision
  • Full Nutrition Assessment
  • Calorie Counting
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Weight Management Consultation
  • Nutrition Products Available for sale

Peritonial Dialysis: Supplies and Solutions are now available

NABH pays a visit to St. Cabrini Hospital

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

(NABH) Assessors: Ma. Abanti Gopan and Dr. Sukumar Sanjeev Salyankar, conducted a two-day surveillance of NABH standards at St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center and Cancer Institute last January 30 and 31, 2018, monitoring the continuous compliance since its 2016 accreditation.

NABH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations.

Women’s Wellness Center

Continuing its goal to deliver the best quality healthcare and wellness needs of every unique woman, St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center has officially opened its Women’s Wellness Center on Nov. 9, Thursday.

The grand opening commenced with the ribbon cutting officiated by the Municipality of Sto. Tomas’ Hon. Mayor Edna P. Sanchez, Vice Mayor Armenius Silva’s wife- Ms. Maricon Silva, Head of Hospital Services and Operations- Florentino T. Afable DMD, Vice Chairwoman of St. Cabrini-Ms. Nila Rafer, Senior Board Director- Nora Torres MD, and the Chairman of the Board- Mr. Feliciano L. Torres. Followed by is the blessing ceremony of Women’s Wellness Center, Executive Wellness Center, and Main Lobby which was led by Rev. Fr. Juan Nepomuceno Fruto.

The tossing of coins was then conducted by Nila Rafer, Nora Torres, and Feliciano Torres. On the other hand, Malen M. Gellido MD, Head of St. Cabrini Clinical Services, gave his opening remarks. Meanwhile, Vitus R. Talla MD of Department of Surgery gave his short message, followed by Sharon L. Macasadia MD of Department of OB-Gyne, and also reputed Hon. Mayor Edna P. Sanchez.

Almost a hundred people from different companies had gathered for the event.

Delegates visit St. Cabrini

Delegates from the ASEAN Forum of Nuclear Cooperation visited St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, Oct.27. The delegates composed of approximately 50 foreign and local medical and paramedical personnel went to see the hospital's Cancer Institute. They also wanted to get a glimpse of the very first Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) in the Philippines.

St. Cabrini hosts Joint Scientific Seminar

Batangas Province Dental Chapter (BPDC) and Philippine College of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (PCOMS), in partnership with St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center (SFCMC), hosted the Joint Scientific Seminar held at SFCMC Social Hall, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Aug.29, 9AM.

Dr. Florentino Afable, Head of Business Operations and Hospital Services, gave an overview and provided points to level off the expectations of the participants. “This activity is very important. We will give you quality speakers and we will give you the proper knowledge,” he said.

Various lecture presentations and workshops were also given and facilitated by reputable speakers.

Dr. Joy Bautista discussed a lecture about the Review of Radiographic Interpretation. On the other hand, the discourse on Key Point in Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Repair was given and facilitated by Dr. Noryoshi Sumiya. While Dr. Patrick N. Magalit focused on his lecture regarding Tuberculosis in Dental Practice.

For the closing remarks, Dr. John Cresencio F. Alonzo, President and COO of SFCMC, gave his utmost gratitude to BPDC and PCOMS.

The seminar was attended by 150 professional dentists from Batangas.

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is an advanced cancer treatment technique where, using an HDR after loader, radioactive seeds or radiation sources are inserted near or inside the tumor itself via strategically positioned catheters, giving a high radiation dose to the malignant tumor while reducing the risk of radiation exposure to the surrounding healthy tissues. HDR Brachytherapy can provide highly precise treatment in minutes. The catheters are eventually removed after a series of treatment sessions, and there are no radioactive seeds left in the body.

As the premier cancer management and care center in the region, St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute Radiotherapy Department is equipped with a new HDR Brachytherapy Treatment Planning System by Elekta.

With the upgrade, St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute Radiotherapy Department is proud to offer our patients the gold standard in Brachytherapy system, capable of Image-Guided Brachytherapy. The rising trend now is 3D planning where the treatment plan is based on 3D images, i.e. CT/MRI images, providing clinicians greater degree of control in placement and significant refinement in dose delivery.

HDR Brachytherapy technique may be applied to treat various cancers, such as:

  • Anal-Colorectal tumors
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gynecologic (Cervical/Uterine) cancers
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sarcomas

As part of the preparations prior to operation of the upgraded HDR Brachytherapy unit, Dr. Malen M. Gellido, Surgical Oncologist and Cancer Institute Director of the St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute, and Dr. Jose Roel E. Resubal, Radiation Oncologist, both completed the Brachy Academy “Masterclass: Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)” held from October 8 up to 9, 2015 hosted at NUH Medical Centre, National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore, while Ms. Mary Grace T. Ceballos, Sr. Medical Physicist of the RadioTherapy Department, also trained in the field of Brachytherapy.

With one (1) HDR after loader(Iridium 192 source) for Brachytherapy, two(2) linear accelerators for External Beam Radiotherapy (2D Conventional, 3D Conformal, intensity-modulated or IMRT, image-guided or IGRT/VMAT techniques), and one (1) dedicated CT machine for Scanning and Treatment Planning, St. Cabrini Cancer Institute Radiotherapy Department is able to expand its radiation oncology services for patients with cancer in CALABARZON region and neighboring provinces. In addition to DOH, the radiotherapy facility is being regulated and accredited by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI).

St. Cabrini Cancer Institute offers the full range for cancer education & support, cancer screening and cancer treatment services, with multidisciplinary team approach to cancer management. For more information, please visit, or write to

Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)

St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute, the leader in radiation oncology services in the Philippines, can better serve patients with cancer using top-of-the-line Elekta Synergy upgraded with Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), the first of its kind in the country.

After unveiling the 2nd unit linear accelerator (an Elekta Compact) in July 2015, St. Cabrini Cancer Institute has revamped the 1st unit Elekta Synergy linear accelerator to enable the new Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IMRT) rotational technique, VMAT,developed by Elekta,which is currently the gold standard in radiation therapy.

“VMAT is an advanced radiation therapy technique that delivers high radiation doses precisely to the tumor target while reducing dose to the surrounding tissue and organs. Using single or multiple radiation beams that sweep in uninterrupted arcs around the patient, it enables treatment times to be reduced dramatically.” (source:

With VMAT capability on the revamped linear accelerator, clinicians will have greater control, conformance, flexibilityand speed compared to conventional delivery and helical tomotherapy. VMAT beam-on-time is typically less than 2 minutes, thus over-all treatment time including patient positioningis less than 10 minutes, compared to Tomotherapy which is typically from 20 up to 40 minutes.

Elekta VMAT plus Monaco 5 Treatment Planning System with its Monte Carlo dose calculation algorithm – the gold standard in dose calculation - gives the best and most precise dose delivery in the industry. The benefits of VMAT are:

1) Deliver higher radiation to target cancer tissues, balanced with reducedexposure and risk to surrounding healthy tissues and organs (tissue-sparing).

2) Optimize target dose delivery; allowing for greater personalized treatment for individual patients and different pathologies.

3) Reduce overall treatment time significantly, thereby reduce risk of patient movement.

4) Increase number of patients treated on a per hour and per day basis for the radiotherapy center, further reduce patient waiting lists.

On January 6 and 7, 2016,Dr. Vicente Francisco R. Hizon, FPCR FPORS, Chief Section of Radiation Oncology of St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute, and Ms. Celia Amour B. Pataray, MMP, Medical Physicist both underwent ElektaVolumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) Training hosted by the Gleneagles™ Penang, Malaysia. After his training experience, Dr. Hizon mentioned that he was thoroughly impressed by the shortened time the patient would spend on the treatment table using the VMAT technique.

Presently, with its complement of two (2) linear accelerators, another first in the CALABARZON, and one (1) dedicated CT machine for Scanning and Treatment Planning, St. Cabrini Cancer InstituteRadiotherapy Department is able to expand its radiation oncology services with 2D Conventional, 3D Conformal, intensity-modulated (IMRT), image-guided IGRT/VMAT (external beam) modalities for patients with cancer in CALABARZON region and neighboring provinces.

Located in PEZA Special Economic Zone, St.Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute is approved to accept patients with Breast Cancer under PhilHealthZ-Benefit Package. In the effort to make state-of-the-art radiotherapy more widely accessible, the Radiotherapy Department has dedicated staff who can facilitate and assist patients navigate the lengthy process to avail Philhealth outpatient benefits, as well as PCSOindividual medical health assistance or LGU financial assistance for medical/health.

St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Institute offers the full range for cancer education & support, cancer screening and cancer treatment services, with multidisciplinary team approach to cancer management. For more information, please visit, or write to


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