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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 care center in Trinity, Florida

When you are facing a cancer diagnosis, it's important to have an experienced team of oncologists on your side.

At HCA Florida Trinity Hospital, our skilled team of cancer specialists provides patient-centered care for individuals in and around Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and northern Pinellas counties. Our experienced cancer team is made of board-certified physicians and surgeons, advanced practice clinicians and certified oncology nurses with chemotherapy and infusion training. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

Types of cancer we treat

As a Community Cancer Program accredited by the the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, we are equipped to diagnose and treat a wide range of cancers, including: 

  • Adrenal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pituitary cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Our cancer treatments and services

Because each type of cancer requires its own unique treatment, our multidisciplinary team of oncologists works together to create a care plan that meets your needs. 

Diagnostic imaging

To accurately identify and stage cancer, we provide diagnostic imaging services. Many of our imaging services, including computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, nuclear medicine and mammography, have received accreditation by the American College of Radiology.

Clinical trials for cancer treatment

Our cancer physicians have access to ongoing clinical trials (research studies) for the latest cancer treatment therapies. By participating in a clinical trial, you may receive cutting-edge treatment before it's widely available to the public.

Chemotherapy

This nonsurgical cancer treatment uses drugs to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. The combination of chemotherapy drugs that may be right for you depend on the following factors:

  • The type of cancer you have
  • Your body's response to the chemotherapy
  • Your overall health, including any other conditions

Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB)

Bronchoscopy uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and instruments to find and treat cancerous cells in the lungs.

Infusion therapy

Infusion therapy is a method of administering cancer-fighting medications, including chemotherapy. We can deliver infusion therapy through:

  • A pump, over a period of several days
  • Injection
  • IV, over a period of minutes or hours

We offer an outpatient infusion center for patients who are continuing their care at home.

Minimally invasive procedures

Minimally invasive surgeries use imaging techniques to guide catheters and fine needles to deliver cancer-fighting agents at the tumor site. These procedures allow physicians to locate and kill cancerous cells or slow or stop their growth.

Minimally invasive procedures can offer patients many benefits, including:

  • Less scarring
  • Minimal pain and discomfort after surgery
  • Minimal need for narcotic pain medications, reducing the side effects related to those medications
  • Relatively short hospital stay and recovery time
Laparoscopic surgery

This minimally invasive surgical approach uses several small incisions, rather than a large one, to access and treat cancerous tumors. The surgeon uses a tiny camera and instruments to perform the surgery.

Robotic surgery

Similar to laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery requires small incisions and uses a tiny camera and instruments. The difference is that the surgeon operates a robotic system to perform the operation.

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