Our Cancer Team

Our oncology services team consists of board-certified physicians and specially trained oncology nurses who are here to help you in all phases of cancer care. Whether you’re undergoing screenings, diagnosis, treatment or ongoing care, we are dedicated to making your cancer journey easier. We even have an experienced Oncology Patient Navigator on staff to provide extra support for patients, families and caregivers.

Medical Director of Medical Oncology

Mandi Taha HeadshotMahdi Taha, DO, FACOI, FACP, Board Certified Medical Oncologist, Medical Director of Medical Oncology. 

Dr. Taha specializes in Head and Neck Cancers including Oropharynx, Nasopharynx, Hypopharynx, Salivary Gland Carcinomas and Thyroid. He also specializes in Skin Cancers including Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Genitourinary Carcinomas including Prostate, Bladder, Renal Pelvis, Testicular and Renal Cell.

As Medical Director of Medical Oncology for Delray Medical Center, Dr. Taha works in collaboration with medical peers, colleagues and hospital leadership - serving as a liaison to medical staff committees; identifying current and future technology requirements; advising on the modifications of existing programs and the development of new programs or services; and establishing methods to improve overall efficiency. He also develops medical education programs for the medical staff, nursing and ancillary personnel of the hospital. 

Prior to joining Delray Medical Center, Dr. Taha worked for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia, as the Lead Medical Oncologist for Head and Neck, Genitourinary, Melanoma and Salivary Gland Carcinomas. He also served as CTCA’s Vice President of Quality Chairman. Prior to that role, he was an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Taha completed an observership in Genitourinary Oncology and Head and Neck Thoracic Oncology at MD Andersen. 

Dr. Taha earned his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, he was awarded a Fellowship at Cancer Treatment Centers of America through Oklahoma State University, where he was named Medical Oncology Chief Fellow. He received his received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Kean University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Taha is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (2016), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (2018), a 2017 Castle and Connelly Atlanta Top Doctor-Oncologist Award Recipient, a 2019 Castle and Connelly Atlanta Top Doctor-Oncologist Award Recipient and a 2019 Georgia Trend Magazine “Top 40 Under 40” Recipient.

Dr. Taha has a strong interest in research with a focus in Genitourinary Carcinomas including Prostate, Renal Cell, Bladder and Testicular; and Head and Neck, Melanoma and Lung Cancers. He has served on various research committees and participated as principal investigator during several clinical trial studies. Dr. Taha has given presentations at conferences including the ACOI National Convention Case Presentation in San Antonio, Texas, which won the First Place National Award, and serves as a medical consultant for Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, CBS – “Atlanta Plugged In,” Genentech BioOncology and Merck Pharmaceutical Inc.

Dr. Taha is affiliated with Florida Cancer Specialists. His office will be located at 5130 Linton Blvd Suite B-4, in Delray Beach. 

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Colorectal Cancer Trending Younger

Cancer knows no age. In the past, the average age hit by colorectal cancer ranged from 68-72 years old. However, young-onset colorectal cancer is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society. The third most common cancer in the United States is colorectal cancer, and it is also the second leading cause of cancer death. Also, cancer knows no gender. It affects men and women across all races and ethnic groups. People of color are more likely to have colorectal cancer at a young age than Whites, but the gap is closing.

Causes of Colorectal Cancer

The cause of the jump in colorectal cancer cases among young adults is still uncertain. However, rising incidence of colorectal cancer by generation suggests that the cause might be environmental rather than biological. Just like with other diseases and conditions, the following may increase a person’s risk for having colorectal cancer:

  1. Obesity
  2. Physical Inactivity
  3. Gut bacteria
  4. History of cancer
  5. Certain genetic conditions

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

The common symptoms of colorectal cancer include the following:

  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Change in stool consistency or stools getting narrower
  • Cramps, gas, pain and/or feeling full or bloated
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in stool
  • Feeling weak or fatigued that may be accompanied with anemia
  • Losing weight for no reason

When Should I See a Doctor?

Please schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as you experience any of the symptoms above. But it’s good to note that the early signs of cancer often do not include pain. Colorectal cancer may be considered a silent killer because you may not see any symptoms at all. This is also why it’s recommended to make time for regular annual check-ups. Remember: early detection can save lives. Young-onset colorectal cancer is often misdiagnosed, so, if possible, seek a second opinion.

Take Action!

With the rising cases of colorectal cancer in younger individuals, spreading awareness can help decrease mortality rates and increase survival percentages. Some of the ways you can take a step to prevent colon cancer and spread awareness include:

  1. Educating You and Your Family
    Know that colorectal cancer is not an “old man’s disease.” It can affect everyone. Awareness is the first part of taking action. Educate yourself and your family about the symptoms and risks of colorectal cancer by signing up for health-related newsletters and/or reading more about this disease.
  2. Knowing your Risk
    On average, young-onset patients wait for 6.2 months before going to the doctor. If you know you have a family history of colorectal cancer or any similar condition, take the leap and get yourself screened.
  3. Being Your Own Health Advocate
    Be proactive. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your body, please have yourself checked, and get double checked also.

Please take care of yourself and stay aware. We’re here when you need us. As always, your safe care is our #1 priority.

Sources:
Colorectal Cancer Alliance
National Cancer Institute