Surgical Oncology: Services
UF Health Surgical Oncology at Jacksonville is part of the offers some of the most
advanced treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer. Conditions treated
by the division include:
UF surgical oncologists are part of the multidisciplinary team of physicians at
the UF Health Breast Center at Jacksonville who
specialize in the surgical treament of breast cancer.
The division has one of the region’s few board-certified, fellowship-trained breast
surgeons solely dedicated to this area of treatment.
More on: Breast Surgery
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The UF surgical oncologists at UF Health Jacksonville are part of a multidisciplinary
team of physicians who help diagnose, treat and manage malignancies of the digestive
system, including cancers of the colon,
gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach,
rectum, small intestine, spleen and
More on: Colon
& Rectal Cancer Esophageal Cancer
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in
patients under 35 and it is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. More than 50,000
new cases of melanoma occur in the U.S. every year and the trend is increasing compared
with other malignancies, particularly in sunny states.
Risk factors include family history, fair skin and hair, light eyes and a tendency
Melanoma requires aggressive, skillful and specialized treatment, where success
is measured in millimeters of the initial intervention. Surgery to remove the tumor
is normally the first step and may be all that is necessary for treatment of small
melanomas. When melanoma is more advanced, patients need to undergo a biopsy of
nearby lymph nodes to determine if the cancer has spread.
More on: Melanoma
Sarcomas are cancers found in bones, blood vessels, cartilage, fat and muscle. They
are broken down into two groups: bone tumors and soft tissue sarcomas.
If the sarcoma has not spread to other areas in the body, the treatment plan may
involve surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. If the sarcoma is advanced, the primary
goal of the treatment plan is to offer the patient the best possible quality of
life. This may require the use of individual or combined treatment methods.
Physicians in the surgical oncology division help diagnose, treat and manage various
sarcomas of the soft tissue and bones as part of the multidisciplinary team of radiologists,
pathologists, orthopaedic surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists
in the UF Health Cancer Center at Jacksonville.
More on: Sarcoma
Diagnostic Procedures and Evaluation
The approach to a patient with the diagnosis of cancer depends upon a number of
factors. The patient’s general health is important, as is the type and stage of
the tumor (if the tumor has spread and how far). In most cases, a biopsy is taken
initially and is examined by a pathologist to identify the type of tumor.
Once the type of cancer is identified, most often the patient will undergo additional
testing to determine if the cancer has spread. Testing may include CT scans, MRI
and blood tests.
A treatment plan is then developed, with the patient and physician reviewing the
best options. Other physicians may be asked to contribute their expertise in the
management of the patient.
A significant benefit to the patient is the highly skilled, multidisciplinary team
of physicians and nurses at UF Health Jacksonville.