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 patient navigator
- 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
- Head and neck cancer
- Oral cavity
- Paranasal sinuses
- Nasal cavity
- Salivary glands
- Lung cancer
- Metastasized cancer
- Skin cancer
- Actinic keratosis
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Thyroid cancer
- Urological cancer, including prostate cancer
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 cancer screening
Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung screening is recommended for patients who are at high risk for lung cancer and meet the following criteria:
- You are between the ages of 55 and 77.
- You are still smoking or have quit smoking in the last 15 years.
- You have smoked at least 30-pack years. (Multiply the number of packs smoked per day by the number of years smoked.)
You are not eligible for LDCT if, at the time of screening, you have symptoms of a lung condition, such as a new cough or shortness of breath.
If you think you are a good candidate for lung cancer screening, please contact your primary care physician or pulmonologist.
Lung nodule biopsy
A lung nodule is a small, round growth in the lung. Nodule biopsies allow your doctors to evaluate the presence of cancerous cells.
At Ocala Health, our pulmonologists use revolutionary technology to accurately navigate lung nodules and then biopsy those nodules, regardless of size or location. If the nodule is not accessible through the major air passages of the lungs, there is an alternative. The physician can go through the skin to perform this transthoracic needle aspiration (TTNA) procedure, using electromagnetic navigation.
A small, but significant, percentage of cancers are hereditary. When we can identify that someone is at high risk of developing cancer because of a strong family history or altered gene, we can intervene early. In many cases, we can even use risk-reducing strategies, which may prevent the disease from developing.
Most people who pursue genetic counseling are interested in learning their chances of developing cancer (or developing cancer again) and any possible risks for their children. For more information on genetic counseling, speak with your physician.
Cancer treatment services
Our designated inpatient oncology treatment unit is at West Marion Community Hospital. However, we offer the following comprehensive cancer treatments at both of our Ocala Health facilities:
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.
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.