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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 treatment center in St. Petersburg, Florida

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, know that you have a team of experienced oncologists ready to help you. 

At HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital, our oncology team will walk with you through every aspect of your care. Whether you need a routine cancer screening or advanced surgery, we are here for you. As a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program designated by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, our doctors are committed to providing you with a high level of care.

Types of cancer we treat

Our oncology team provides comprehensive screening and treatment services for a wide range of cancers, including: 

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Prostate cancer

Our cancer care program 

When you come to our hospital for cancer care, you will have access to a wide range of services that are provided either on-site or in partnership with an affiliated provider. 

Our cancer treatments and services

Our oncology services include:

  • Breast cancer nurse navigation
  • Cancer education
  • Cancer registry
  • Cancer screening
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Discharge planning
  • End-of-life care
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Hospice care
  • Infusion therapy
  • Nutritional support
  • Pain management
  • Pre-treatment evaluation
  • Radiation oncology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Religious support
  • Social services
  • Support groups
  • Surgical procedures
  • Surveillance for recurrent disease

Clinical cancer trials

We participate in clinical trials in association with the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Florida Cancer Specialists, and Sarah Cannon.

Nurse navigation services

Our oncology nurse navigators specialize in breast cancer. They are there to help you navigate your diagnosis and make informed decisions about your treatment options. They work with our cancer care team and organizations within our community to make sure you have access to all of the resources you need. They also participate in monthly cancer conferences that help your care team determine the best course of treatment for you.

Specialized cancer care

We understand no two people and no two cancers are the same. That's why our multidisciplinary cancer care team works together to carefully craft a treatment plan tailored to your needs. 

Breast cancer care

Our breast care center offers advanced 2D and 3D diagnostic technology to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. If a suspicious area is identified, we offer minimally invasive procedures to further examine and, if needed, treat breast conditions.


Colorectal cancer care

Colorectal cancer usually starts in the glands of the colon or rectum lining. Almost all cases of colorectal cancer begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps that slowly develop into cancer. Like many cancers, colorectal cancer can spread to lymph nodes or other organs. Our oncologists offer a range of treatments for colorectal cancer, including traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. To treat rectal cancer, surgeons often perform low anterior resection to connect the rectum to the colon after removing the cancer.


Gynecologic cancer care

Our gynecology program offers a range of advanced diagnostic and treatment services for gynecologic cancers, including cervical, vaginal, uterine and ovarian cancers. Your physician will consider factors, such as the stage and type of cancer, when determining the most appropriate treatment option.

Surgical treatments for gynecologic cancer include:

  • Circumferential vaginotomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Para-aortic lymphadenectomy
  • Pelvic lymphadenectomy
  • Vaginal cuff closure

Many of these procedures are performed using robotic surgery. Robot-assisted technology allows our surgeons to perform surgery with 3D magnification, enhanced visualization and precise surgical movements.


Kidney cancer care

Kidney cancer can occur in adults and children, but your risk of developing kidney cancer increases with age. Most kidney cancer is treated with surgery. We use minimally invasive robotic technology whenever possible to perform nephrectomies (the surgical removal of kidneys).


Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. There are two primary methods used to detect abnormalities in the prostate: the digital rectal exam and the prostate-specific antigen test.

If you have an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options, including:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Conservative management
  • Prostatectomy
  • Radiation therapy

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.


askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAHnow.


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