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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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Oncologists in Plantation, Florida

We understand every person experiences cancer in a different way.

That's why our oncology team at HCA Florida Westside Hospital is committed to providing you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Our cancer center offers a full continuum of services, including early detection programs and highly specialized surgical and medical care. Working together, our team provides you with compassionate care and leading-edge treatments.

Types of cancer we treat

Our oncology team diagnoses and treats a variety of cancers, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer, including colon cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Ophthalmic cancer
  • Orthopedic cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pulmonary cancer

Cancer treatments we provide

Our oncology specialists offer a full spectrum of treatment methods for cancer. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology uses medical imaging technologies and has a wide variety of uses for cancer treatment. It can include chemotherapy port placement as well as more complex procedures, such as radioembolization (injecting "radioactive beads" into blood vessels that feed a tumor). Minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures typically offer shorter recovery times for patients.

Chemotherapy and immunotherapy

Our hematologists and medical oncologists frequently use chemotherapy and immunotherapy (or a combination of both therapies) as effective forms of cancer treatment.

  • Chemotherapy — a type of infusion therapy used to stop the growth and reproduction of cancer cells
  • Immunotherapy — treatment that triggers the immune system to more effectively fight cancer

Surgical oncology

Depending on your diagnosis, a surgical procedure may be necessary to perform a biopsy, remove masses or lymph nodes or reconstruct damaged tissue. We offer innovative surgery options, including:

  • Biopsy with ultrasound
  • Cryosurgery
  • Hepatic artery infusion pump therapy
  • Limb-sparing surgery
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Regional perfusion
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Surgical tumor removal

Our cancer team and support resources

Our cancer support staff offers a compassionate approach to providing you with comprehensive care and support services. 

Cancer care specialists

Our cancer team includes:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Dietitians
  • Enterostomal therapists
  • Oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Radiologists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Laboratory personnel
  • Oncology nurses (including nurse navigators)
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Social workers

Oncology nurse navigators

Our oncology nurse navigators are here to support you and your family during cancer treatment. They guide you through your care and help you find the support you need.

Tumor board meetings

We hold regularly scheduled tumor board meetings where physicians discuss possible courses of treatment. This allows you to benefit from the collective experience of a team of oncology specialists.

Cancer rehabilitation

Our hospital provides therapy and rehabilitation services, including individualized physical therapy and occupational therapy. Our licensed therapists help you regain your abilities, strength, balance and independence during and after cancer treatment.

Cancer resources and community involvement

We are committed to building a healthier community. Because of this, we are involved in a variety of community education programs and often provide lectures on the detection, prevention and treatment of various types of cancer.

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