Cancer care in Ocala, Florida

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming. Partnering with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, Ocala Health offers a comprehensive cancer care program close to home in Ocala, Florida.

Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital have the only cancer services program in Marion County accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Our services include prevention, screening, education, treatment and recovery therapies.

We use advanced technology to prevent or detect cancer early. This means earlier treatment for best possible outcomes.

For more information about cancer care services at Ocala Health, please call askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAHnow.

Our multidisciplinary cancer team

Our multidisciplinary team is here to provide you with personalized care along your cancer journey, from diagnosis through survivorship.

This team is made up of:

  • Board-certified physicians
  • Case managers
  • Certified oncology nurses
  • Clinical dietitians
  • Oncology nurse navigator
  • Pathologists
  • Social workers
  • Specialized pharmacists

Oncology nurse navigators

Working together with Sarah Cannon, Ocala Health provides experienced, compassionate nurse navigators to support patients through the many stages of living with cancer. Your nurse navigator is your medical system advocate and will help you and your family understand each part of the cancer journey while compassionately supporting your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

To speak with a nurse navigator, please call (844) 484-4812.

Types of cancer we treat

Our experienced oncology team treats various types of cancer, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
    • Cervical
    • Endometrial
    • Ovarian
    • Uterine
  • Head and neck cancer
    • Oral cavity
    • Pharynx
    • Larynx
    • Paranasal sinuses
    • Nasal cavity
    • Salivary glands
    • Esophagus
  • Lung cancer
  • Metastasized cancer
  • Skin cancer
    • Actinic keratosis
    • Basal cell carcinoma
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Melanoma
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Urological cancer, including prostate cancer

Diagnostic imaging

We offer nationally accredited diagnostic imaging services at Advanced Imaging Centers. We use these services to help identify and detect any possible cancerous tissues or tumors.

Gynecologic cancer screening

Gynecologic cancer screening is an essential component of our gynecology services, and it begins with a yearly pelvic exam and Pap test at your healthcare provider’s office. Your provider may also use the human papillomavirus (HPV) test to screen for cervical cancer, which can be informative if your Pap test results are inconclusive. Always discuss abdominal, menstruation or urinary concerns with your doctor. These conversations will help your doctor determine if and which screening tests are needed.

Lung nodule program

Ocala Health is utilizing innovative technologies to detect suspicious lung nodules by analyzing CT exams for the presence of incidental lung nodules, which could represent malignancy. Our Lung Nodule Coordinator works collaboratively with you and your team of healthcare providers to improve access to care with early detection and intervention.

Ocala Health is encouraging all of our healthcare partners to prioritize low dose lung screenings (LDCT) and identify at-risk patients. You may qualify for LDCT if you meet the following criteria:

  • Adults between ages 55-77.
  • Current smokers with at least a 30 pack-year history.
  • Former smokers who have quit within the past 15 years with a 30 pack-year history.
  • Pack-year history is calculated as number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked.
  • No current signs or symptoms of lung cancer. No personal history of lung cancer.

If you think you are a good candidate for lung cancer screening, please contact your healthcare provider.

For more information on Ocala Health’s Lung Nodule Program, please contact our Lung Nodule Coordinator at (352) 291-6274.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Ocala Health is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.