MORE ADVANCED PROCEDURES. LESS TREATMENT TIME.
Comprehensive cancer care that provides better outcomes.
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute provides advanced radiation treatments that can be completed in as few as one-to-five days. New techniques have allowed the radiation to be delivered very precisely, with little damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. We’re doing more to beat cancer so you spend less time fighting it.
BRAIN & SPINE CANCER
For brain and spine cancers, Florida Hospital is the only hospital in Central Florida using Gamma Knife® surgery, which targets and treats tumors while leaving surrounding tissue intact.
We specialize in advanced procedures that greatly decrease the amount of time it takes to treat breast cancer. These new techniques allow radiation to be delivered very precisely, with little damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
For patients with pancreatic, liver cancer or metastasis to the liver, we provide two innovative procedures. Stereotactic body radiation therapy is used for small, early stage tumors and reduces treatment time. While radioembolization therapy targets large or multiple liver tumors.
Our state-of-the-art procedure for thoracic cancer targets small lung tumors with three-to-five high-doses of radiation. Or patients can choose lower doses of radiation during the course of several treatments.
We are the only hospital in Florida currently offering several innovative treatments for prostate cancer. Two types of HDR brachytherapy can be used for a wide range of prostate cancer stages. And SpaceOAR® is now available for use during radiation therapy.
INNOVATIVE RADIATION TREATMENTS
Brain & Spine Cancer
The Gamma Knife® is a type of radiosurgery — a non-invasive neurosurgical procedure that uses powerful doses of radiation to target and treat brain tumors or other neurological conditions while leaving surrounding tissue intact. This state-of-the-art technology allows physicians to operate on brain lesions often considered inoperable.
The procedure often takes less than one hour. Most patients are back home resuming their regular activities later that day. It offers hope to those who were formerly considered untreatable or at very high-risk for open-skull surgery. Additional benefits include:
- Ability to resume normal activities sooner
- Absence of an incision eliminates the risk of hemorrhage and infections
- Lower costs than conventional surgery
- Minimal discomfort
- No anesthesia
- Surgery without an incision
Intraoperative radiation therapy delivers a concentrated dose of radiation to the breast-cancer site immediately after it is removed, helping to destroy the microscopic tumor cells that may be left behind while preserving healthy tissue. A 20-minute session supplies the same effective radiation dose as six weeks of daily treatment. This reduces the need for additional radiation therapy.
Hypofractionated — meaning shortened — courses of radiation are becoming standard care for patients with early-stage breast cancer. Those treated with this regimen have experienced excellent control of their disease while reporting fewer treatment related side effects. Patients are also able to benefit from the convenience of being under treatment for only three weeks.
Radioembolization is an outpatient cancer treatment therapy that uses microscopic radioactive beads to reach tumors through the bloodstream. The beads concentrate in the tumors and kill the cancer. The procedure focuses a high dose of radiation directly inside the tumors while not damaging adjacent healthy tissue. The treatment decreases the tumors and prevents them from growing again. Within a month, the radiation from the beads gradually disappears. Radioembolization is sometimes used for patients who may not be able to undergo other treatments. The radioembolization program is directed by Ravi Shridhar, MD, PhD, a world-renowned expert.
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a procedure that delivers several high doses of radiation, targeting small, early-stage liver or pancreatic tumors. The radiation dose is strong enough to eliminate the cancer but doesn’t damage healthy surrounding tissue. The procedure helps to decrease the total number of treatments needed to reduce or eliminate liver or pancreatic cancer — generally within one week.
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a procedure that delivers several high doses of radiation, targeting small, early-stage lung tumors. The radiation dose is strong enough to eliminate the cancer but doesn’t damage healthy surrounding tissue. The procedure helps to decrease the total number of treatments needed to reduce or eliminate lung cancer — generally within two weeks.
MRI-guided nerve-sparing HDR brachytherapy is used for a wide range of prostate-cancer stages. It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure where catheters are temporarily placed into the patient’s prostate. Radiation is then delivered internally through catheters. The treatment significantly limits radiation to the bladder or rectum beyond what is achievable with other external radiation treatments. After completion of treatment, the catheters are removed. Patients go home the same day.
Radiation Oncologists Matthew Biagioli, MD, and Kunal Saigal, MD, pioneered this nerve-sparing treatment at Florida Hospital and are the only surgeons to offer this new procedure in the United States and Europe.
Prostate cancer will recur for approximately 20-30 percent of patients that have received radiation therapy. To combat this, Florida Hospital offers MRI-guided focal HDR brachytherapy. This treatment is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that focuses treatment on the tumor while sparing the surrounding organs and reduces the risk of side effects. Florida Hospital is the only hospital in the state that offers this life-saving treatment.
SpaceOAR is a temporary, injectable non-toxic biodegradable gel that protects the rectum during radiation treatment for prostate cancer. The gel is placed prior to starting radiation treatment and significantly reduces the radiation dose to the rectum. The body naturally absorbs it over several weeks after completion of treatment. SpaceOAR is the first and only prostate-cancer spacing device to receive clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other rectum-sparing hydrogels are currently available in the United States.
Matthew Biagioli, MD — a radiation oncologist at Florida Hospital — is a national authority on the use of biodegradable gels. Dr. Biagioli led some of the initial studies on their use with prostate cancer. Florida Hospital is proud to be the first in Central Florida to offer this groundbreaking treatment.
Clinical Quality & Expertise
Florida Hospital was awarded certification by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for our Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI), which demonstrates expertise in oncology care. ASCO has also recognized us for excellence in clinical research. Additionally, Florida Hospital has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) for 25 years.
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is the largest cancer center in Central Florida, recognized worldwide for its reputation as a destination care facility. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the latest treatments and technologies. Our uncompromising care uses a multidisciplinary approach that leverages the expertise and experience of our entire team — medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and specialists.
Cancer Care Coordinators
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s comprehensive approach to your treatment delivers care in a connected and timely manner. Our cancer care coordinators are specially trained registered nurses who provide expert, clinical assistance and support to patients who are receiving care at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. This confidential service is available free of charge. Among the services they provide:
- Rapid scheduling of all appointments and consultations
- Assistance with coordination of providers and procedures
- Assistance with second opinions
- Symptom management
- Access to clinical trials
- Comprehensive nursing assessment and support
- Ongoing education and disease information
Request an Appointment
Need help scheduling an appointment? Our Cancer Care Coordinators are here to help! You can schedule an appointment with a Care Coordinator by calling (407) 641-2268 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.
Your free call will be answered by a specially trained oncology health care professional and remain confidential. No insurance authorization or referral is necessary. If calling after hours, please leave a detailed message, and you will be contacted within one business day.