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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:

  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
    • Colon and rectal cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Hepatobiliary cancer
    • Gallbladder cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Stomach cancer
  • Endocrine tumors (pancreas, adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid)
  • Lymph nodes
  • Skin cancer (melanoma and non-melanoma)
  • Salivary gland tumors
  • Soft tissue tumors (sarcoma)
  • Carcinomatosis – peritoneal surface malignancies

Breast Cancer

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.

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Gastrointestinal Cancers

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 esophagus.

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Melanoma

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 to freckle.

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.

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Sarcoma

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.

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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.