Treatment Options

General Surgery

Traditional cancer surgery is an operation to repair or remove part of your body to diagnose cancer, treat cancer or relieve symptoms. The surgeon generally removes the cancer, along with some surrounding healthy tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is gone. Your surgeon may also remove some lymph nodes in the area to determine if the cancer has spread. This helps your doctor assess the chance of your being cured by the surgery, as well as the need for any further treatments, such as radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy.

Robotic Surgery

St. Joseph's Hospitals are the region's leaders in performing all types of minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery.The da Vinci™ Surgical System allows surgeons to operate through minute incisions in the human body. Equipped with microscopic surgical tools, the robotic hands are controlled by a surgeon and provide precise dissecting and suturing. The high-tech system provides revolutionary benefits, including:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain, bleeding and risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced scarring
  • Less anesthesia and associated side effects

Comprehensive Chemotherapy Services

The Cancer Institute's ambulatory infusion center and 30-bed adult oncology unit provide specialized care and symptom management to patients with all types of cancer. The Cancer Institute's skilled nurses are certified in chemotherapy administration, and dedicated on-site pharmacists and nutritional therapists are available for one-on-one consultations with patients.

Members of the Cancer Institute's interdisciplinary team meet twice weekly to coordinate all services required for the oncology patient. This comprehensive team pairs physicians, pharmacists and nurses with chaplains, social workers, physical therapists, speech therapists and enterostomal therapists. The team also coordinates care with home health agencies and Hospice services, and refers patients and their families to local support and educational groups. One-on-one consultation with team members is available.

Radiation Therapy

The Fred J. Woods Radiation Therapy Center was the first Radiation Center in Tampa Bay when it was established in 1969. More than 900 patients are treated each year using a variety of radiation therapy treatments, which include:

  • Prostate seed implants
  • Low-dose Brachytherapy
  • Conformal radiation therapy
  • SIR-Spheres for the treatment of liver cancer
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Elekta HDR (high dose rate) Brachytherapy 

Our state-of-the-art equipment includes:

  • Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS-20 CT simulator
  • Eclipse 3-D treatment planning system
  • Two 23EX Varian Linear Accelerators with multileaf collimator and complete on-board imaging

For more information about Radiation Therapy or to schedule an appointment, call (813) 870-4160.

Lymphedema Rehabilitation

You don’t have to accept the discomfort of lymphedema. The St. Joseph's Cancer Institute Rehabilitation Center can help you manage your symptoms and control swelling and pain. The key to living with this chronic condition is getting the right treatment. Our specially trained team, including an occupational therapist certified in lymphedema therapy can help with:

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compressive bandaging
  • Personalized exercise program
  • Skin care
  • Instruction in home activities
  • Maintenance program with six-month follow up

For more information about Lymphedema Rehabilitation or to schedule an appointment, call (813) 870-4877.

For more information about the Cancer Institute, please call the Cancer HelpLine at (800) 882-4123 or (813) 870-4123. For a physician referral, please call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-BAYCARE (229-2273).