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Oncology

Oncology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, medication or surgery. Oncologists can specialize in one of three fields of oncology: medical, radiation or surgery.

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Cancer center in Orange Park

At times, having so many professionals involved in the cancer care process can be overwhelming, so we prioritize offering you and your family personalized care.

At HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital, you will get comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment. You will also receive full access to specialized clinical cancer services within our hospital and several nearby locations. Whatever you need throughout your cancer journey, we are here to make sure you get it.

Types of cancer we treat

A wide range of cancers affect the body, and our team treats many of them, including:

  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Lung cancer and other thoracic cancers
  • Prostate cancer

Our cancer treatments and services

Our cancer specialists provide resources to help improve your quality of life throughout your healthcare journey.

Patient-centered cancer care

We know cancer care involves much more than just diagnoses and treatments. We offer additional medical services to manage cancer-related symptoms and increase rates of early detection.

Our patients benefit from:

  • Access to clinical trials
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Cancer screenings services, including dedicated programs for lung and breast cancer screening
  • Genetic evaluations and counseling to assess cancer risk and develop risk reduction plans
  • Inpatient and outpatient psychosocial support
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Nurse navigation from pre-diagnosis throughout treatment and rehabilitation
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Pain management and other forms of palliative care
  • Patient and family support groups
  • Patient education opportunities through lectures and seminars
  • Phlebotomy services

Cancer treatment options

Patients can receive two primary types of cancer treatment at our hospital: surgery, including minimally invasive approaches, and chemotherapy. Surgical oncology procedures differ according to the cancer type but focus on surgically removing cancerous tumors and cells. Intravenous chemotherapy is also performed as a medical treatment to kill cancer cells. All of our infusion nurses are certified in oncology nursing.

Lung cancer care

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more men and women in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other type. At our hospital, we work to improve the survival rates for patients with lung cancer through early detection, quick diagnoses and detailed cancer staging.

Our oncologists and pulmonologists work together to select the best treatment for you based on your individual needs.

We are a regional leader in using minimally invasive technologies and procedures when diagnosing and treating lung cancer. Our surgeons use minimally invasive robot-assisted technologies for a number of thoracic procedures.

Patients undergoing lung cancer treatment also have access to our lung cancer care coordinator — an advanced registered nurse practitioner. The coordinator is available to answer your questions, schedule appointments and coordinate your care.

Our commitment to early detection

Many people with lung cancer will not experience any signs or symptoms until the later stages when cancer has had more time to spread. To increase early detection rates, we perform lung cancer screenings to identify the disease in its earliest stages — when it is most treatable.

Computerized tomography (CT) scans are available to people at high risk for developing lung cancer. This risk may be due to age, exposure to certain toxins and/or smoking history.

If lung cancer is detected, we perform a variety of pulmonary imaging services to accurately stage and locate suspicious areas on the lungs.

Breast cancer support services

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. In addition to our breast screening services, we provide additional resources for women with a breast cancer diagnosis, including access to cancer support groups and lymphedema treatment.

Cancer support groups bring together women with breast cancer in a shared space to offer feelings and receive support. Whether you are recently diagnosed or are acting as a support person to a loved one going through cancer treatment, we invite you to join us.

Lymphedema management

Lymphedema (swelling of the arms and/or legs) is a common side effect for breast cancer patients. Our rehabilitation services include lymphedema therapy to help manage symptoms during treatment.

To learn more about this form of treatment, you can call our physical therapy team at (904) 682-7632.

Types of cancer specialists

Cancer care at our hospital is a team effort. A range of doctors, nurses and other healthcare specialists collaborate to provide comprehensive care addressing your mental, physical and emotional needs.

Our cancer care team

You may receive care from:

  • Board-certified medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and surgeons
  • Certified nurse navigators
  • Chaplains
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Nurse managers
  • Oncology educators
  • Oncology nursing certified nurses
  • Oncology nursing certified nurses in infusion services and oncology
  • Pharmacists (board-certified in pharmacotherapy)
  • Registered and certified laboratory professionals and radiology technicians
  • Registered dietitians
  • Volunteers

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