Multidisciplinary Oncology Treatment Teams and Clinics

Overview

Cancer treatment may vary depending upon the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, and the goal of treatment. Often, one or more treatment modalities may be used to provide the most complete treatment for the patient. Increasingly, it is common to use several treatment modalities concurrently (together) or in sequence. This is referred to as multi-modality treatment of the cancer and the modalities may include surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or radiation therapy. For the majority of newly diagnosed cancer patients, the optimal treatment may be a multi-modality approach composed of standard therapies that have been established through extensive medical research. For other patients, the most appropriate therapy may still be under investigation and may be available only through a clinical trial.

At the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, multidisciplinary treatment teams are dedicated to the management of specific cancer types and sites through coordinated sub-specialty tumor boards and clinics. Whether you have a common or rare type of cancer, primary or recurrent cancer, physician and oncology professionals guide you through the diagnostic, treatment and after-care services for all types of adult and children’s cancers. Our comprehensive cancer program provides you with the finest leading-edge cancer prevention and treatment while giving physicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to do their best work.

The University of Florida Shands Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment, facilities, and services, including social work support, physical therapy, speech therapy, nutrition counseling, and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge accommodations. Oncology Certified Nurses and Navigator / Coordinators facilitate the delivery of individualized oncology care throughout the treatment process, including the participation in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials.

Dedicated Sub-Specialty Oncology Services are available for:

  • Brain tumors and other tumors of the central nervous system
  • Breast cancers
  • Childhood cancers – leukemia / lymphoma, brain, bone and connective tissues, and all other rare cancers
  • Hodgkin’s disease and other types of lymphoma
  • Gynecologic cancers – cervix, uterus, vagina, ovary
  • Head and neck cancers – mouth, throat, tonsil, larynx and thyroid
  • Lung cancers – primary tumors and metastatic spread
  • Genitourinary (GU) tract cancers – kidney, bladder and prostate cancers. Cancers of the testicles and external genitals.
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancers – rectal and anal region cancers, pancreas, esophagus, liver and other primary tumors and metastatic processes
  • Soft-tissue sarcomas – tumors of the bones and connective tissues
  • Skin cancers – melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell cancers

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida has an exceptionally comprehensive radiation treatment program while providing dedicated tumor type and site sub-specialized expertise. The radiation oncologists coordinate patient care with their subspecialty counterparts in Surgical Oncology, Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Pathology and Diagnostic Radiology. Our Radiation Oncology faculty and staff are key members of the multidisciplinary treatment teams, coordinating state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations, staging studies, multi-modality treatment and survivorship care through interactive tumor board conferences and multidisciplinary clinic encounters.

Our Radiation Oncologists work with clinical physicists to bring the latest technological developments from industry to our patients. Treatment plans are created using the most advanced computing and imaging techniques. Radiation Oncologists and Physicists have access to a complete array of devices to carefully administer radiation to “target tissues” while minimizing radiation exposure to uninvolved tissues.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida Shands Hospital provides a full range of radiation treatment services. Patients are treated with the optimal techniques and modalities for their type and location of tumor. Special radiation technologies available include:

  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • High dose rate brachytherapy, including Mammosite treatment
  • Total body irradiation for bone marrow transplantation
  • Total skin irradiation for cutaneous lymphoma
  • Bexxar radioactive antibody therapy for lymphoma
  • Sir Spheres radionuclide therapy for liver tumors
  • Intraoperative breast radiotherapy using IntraBeam Technology
  • Proton Beam Radiotherapy is available at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida