Department of Surgery
The surgical oncologists at the UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) focus exclusively on cancer, its treatment, and cure. Our physicians have unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating all types of cancer, and they use the latest technology and the most innovative, advanced therapies to increase the chances of a cure. The close collaboration between our doctors and our research scientists also means that new drugs and therapies developed in the laboratory can be moved quickly to the bedside, offering patients improved treatment options.
We also recognize that each patient is unique, each type of cancer is different, and the best treatment for one patient may not be right for another. Although we are well known for our leading-edge cancer therapies, we take particular pride in the compassion and dedication of our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff.
Multidisciplinary Treatment Team
We have a unified approach to cancer care, with teams of physicians who work together to guide each patient through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Multidisciplinary teams are devoted to diagnosing and treating breast cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, gastro- esophageal cancer, pancreatic tumors, liver tumors and many other cancers. These teams have a depth and breadth of experience that is unsurpassed. Using this approach, the combined expertise of many specialists provides an individualized treatment plan, which ensures patients who need several different therapies will receive the ideal combination to treat their cancer.
The multidisciplinary treatment team includes physicians, nurses and staff who can provide extensive experience in many areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Our patients benefit from numerous services including:
- Integrated clinical experience
- Surgical oncology
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Reconstructive surgery
- Weekly tumor board
- Clinical trial enrollment and clinical research
- Psychosocial support
- Genetic counseling
- Social workers
- Patient and caregiver educators and resources
- Personal wellness and rehabilitation programs
- Nutrition counseling
- Spiritual guidance
- Palliative care
- Support groups
Comprehensive Patient Care
Recent studies have shown that, for many cancers, patients have fewer complications if they have surgery at a hospital that performs high volumes of these operations and if the surgery is performed by a surgeon with expertise in the procedure. You can be sure that our surgical oncologists are among the most experienced cancer surgeons in the nation having all trained at a leading cancer center in the country. Our surgeons are at the forefront of developing surgical procedures to reconstruct the breast, colon and rectum, and esophagus following cancer surgery.
Our physicians continue to apply new techniques to spare organs and preserve function. These techniques include:
- Minimally invasive and traditional surgical procedures for tumors of the colon, esophagus, pancreas and stomach
- Mammosite breast cancer radiotherapy
- Radiosurgery – Linac Scalpel
- Robotic surgery
- Advanced laparoscopic surgery
- Cryosurgical and radiofrequency ablation
- Isolated limb infusion to preserve limb function in melanoma and sarcoma patients
Translational Research to Improve Patient Care
UF surgical oncologists also work in research laboratories examining basic science factors and how they can translate into improved patient care. Current areas of research include:
- Nanotechnology research – Investigating the manipulation of particles 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, nanotechnology offers unprecedented opportunities to enhance early detection, and change completely the treatment and management of many cancers including breast cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer research to identify novel drugs that improve outcome and extend survival
- Cancer imaging—studying novel and advanced imaging methods to detect cancer including MRI and photoacoustic tomography
- Esophageal cancer research to detect new molecular targeted therapy
- Melanoma research to study novel drugs that can improve survival in locally advanced or recurrent melanoma
Referrals and Appointments
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