Cancer center in Orange Park, Florida
Our cancer services at Orange Park Medical Center follow a continuum of care to meet the needs of Clay County residents and members of our surrounding communities. We provide the personalized care you expect at a community hospital while delivering comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment. Our patients receive full access to specialized clinical cancer services within our hospital and several nearby locations.
We know that cancer treatment can be complicated, with many different healthcare professionals contributing to your cancer journey. At times, this can feel overwhelming. That's why our nurse navigators are here to act as your guide. They are always available to answer questions and coordinate your care, so you are never in the dark when it comes to your health.
We are here to provide physician referrals to match you with the best provider for your cancer care. For a referral, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 889-3627.
Orange Park Medical Center is a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer. This award recognizes our quality care in diagnosing and treating cancer and our participation in ongoing cancer research through clinical trials.
Scope of our patient-centered cancer care
We know that cancer care involves lots more than just diagnoses and treatment. We provide resources to help improve our patients' quality of life throughout their healthcare journeys. Additional medical services are also available to manage cancer-related symptoms and increase rates of early detection. Our patients benefit from:
- Access to clinical trials
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Cancer screenings services, including dedicated programs for lung and breast cancer screening
- Genetic evaluations and counseling to assess cancer risk and develop risk reduction plans
- Inpatient and outpatient psychosocial support
- Lymphedema therapy
- Nurse navigation from pre-diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation
- Nutrition counseling
- Pain management and other forms of palliative care
- Patient and family support groups
- Patient education opportunities through lectures and seminars
- Phlebotomy services
Types of cancer we treat
There are a wide range of cancers that can affect the body. The more common types of cancer we treat include:
- Brain and spinal tumors
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer and other thoracic cancers
- Prostate cancer
How we treat cancer
Patients can receive two primary types of cancer treatment at our hospital: surgery, including minimally invasive approaches, and chemotherapy. Surgical oncology procedures differ according to the type of cancer but focus on surgically removing cancerous tumors and cells. Intravenous chemotherapy is also performed as a medical treatment to kill cancer cells. All of our infusion nurses are certified in oncology nursing.
Our cancer care team
Cancer care at our hospital is a team effort. A wide range of doctors, nurses and additional healthcare specialists collaborate to provide comprehensive care that addresses our patients' mental, physical and emotional needs. You may receive care from:
- Board-certified doctors, including:
- Medical oncologists
- Certified nurse navigators
- Licensed clinical social workers
- Nurse managers
- Oncology educators
- Oncology nursing certified nurses
- Oncology nursing certified nurses in infusion services and oncology
- Pharmacists (board-certified in pharmacotherapy)
- Registered and certified laboratory professionals and radiology technicians
- Registered dietitians
Lung cancer care
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more men and women in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. At our hospital, we work to improve the survival rates for patients with lung cancer through early detection, quick diagnoses and detailed cancer staging.
Our oncologists and pulmonologists work together to select the best therapeutic treatment for every patient based on their individual needs. We are a regional leader in using minimally invasive technologies and procedures when diagnosing and treating lung cancer.
Commitment to early detection
Many people with lung cancer will not experience any signs or symptoms until the later stages, when cancer has had more time to spread. To increase rates of early detection, we perform lung cancer screenings to identify the disease in its earliest stages—when it is most treatable.
Computerized tomography (CT) scans are available to patients at a high risk for developing lung cancer. This risk may be due to age, exposure to certain toxins and/or a history of smoking.
Diagnosing and treating lung cancer
If lung cancer is detected, we perform a variety of pulmonary imaging services to accurately stage and locate suspicious spots on the lungs. We use:
- 3D navigational robotic bronchoscopy—helps pulmonologists visualize previously inaccessible regions of the lungs to detect small lesions
- Bronchoscopy—allows our pulmonologists to determine if any abnormal bodies, tumors, bleeding or inflammation are present in the airways and/or lungs
- CT scans—used for follow-up imaging of suspicious lung lesions and is helpful for accurately staging lung cancer
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)—aids in diagnosing and staging lung cancer while benefiting patients as a minimally invasive procedure.
Our surgeons use minimally invasive robot-assisted technologies for a number of thoracic procedures. Patients undergoing lung cancer treatment have access to our lung cancer care coordinator—an advanced registered nurse practitioner. The coordinator is available to answer patient questions, schedule appointments and coordinate patient care.
Lung cancer treatment team
Our lung cancer program is supported by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who work hand-in-hand to diagnose and treat patients. Members of our care team include:
- Medical oncologists
Breast cancer support services
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect women. In addition to our breast screening services, we provide additional resources for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. This includes access to cancer support groups and lymphedema treatment.
Cancer support groups
Cancer support groups bring together women who are dealing with breast cancer in a common space to share feelings and receive support. Whether you have recently been diagnosed or are acting as a support person to a loved one going through cancer treatment, you are invited to join us.
Lymphedema (swelling of the arms and/or legs) is a common side effect for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Our rehabilitation services include lymphedema therapy to help manage symptoms during treatment. To learn more about lymphedema therapy, you can call our physical therapy department at (904) 682-7632.