Baptist Health has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the best cancer program in our region. Building upon the excellent cancer care we currently provide, we are now embarking on a ground-breaking partnership with MD Anderson.
MD Anderson is recognized as the leader in cancer care in our nation and across the globe. With such an incredible partner, we intend to transform cancer care in our region and provide even more hope and courage for our cancer patients and their families going forward.
Baptist Health President and CEO
Like us, MD Anderson believes that cancer care is best delivered close to home. Together, we plan to create an operationally and clinically integrated cancer program in spring of 2015 that will bring MD Anderson’s world-renowned treatment protocols, clinical trials and translational research to patients here in North Florida. This program will be headquartered on the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville campus and will extend into all the communities we serve.
Common Cancer Conditions
We provide state-of-the-art care for all types of cancer. We bring together multidisciplinary specialists who work together for comprehensive medical and surgical care, technology and support throughout your diagnosis, treatment and recovery, for you and your family.
Cancer that forms in breast tissue, most commonly in the mammary ducts, may first appear as a lump or thickening compared to the tissue around it.
Rare in men younger than 40, prostate cancer begins in tissues of the prostate gland, located just below a man's bladder.
The two main types of lung cancer usually begin in the cells lining the airways, and may cause no symptoms in the earliest stage.
The most common form of gynecologic cancer may appear first in the cells of the inner lining of the uterus, or endometrium.
A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain, and may be classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
When Pediatric cancer experts with Nemours Children’s Clinic and the University of Florida provide treatment at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Cancer Treatment Options
To give our patients access to the best care possible, Baptist cancer specialists participate in tumor boards and multidisciplinary clinics. This allows our surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists to discuss and collectively design the best course of action for each patient.
We use the latest in imaging and operative techniques to achieve the best outcomes. Advances in surgical technologies allow surgeons to remove tumors while saving as much normal tissue and function as possible. For example, neurosurgeons at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital use intraoperative MRI and CT to determine the extent of a tumor while the patient is undergoing brain surgery to ensure the accurate and complete removal of the tumor.
Our board-certified medical oncologists are experienced in working with a wide range of hematology and oncology disorders and specialize in coordinating and managing all cancer treatments. Chemotherapy involves the administration of drugs or hormones by mouth or intravenously at regular intervals, to treat or prevent the spread of cancer.
Baptist Health provides many high-tech options for radiation treatment of malignant and non-malignant conditions, including external-beam radiation using a linear accelerator; brachytherapy using radioactive implants; Novalis Tx™ image-guided radiosurgery for the head and body; INTRABEAM™ internal radiation therapy performed during breast cancer surgery; and AccuBoost™ for image-guided breast irradiation.
Baptist Cancer Institute offers a Patient Guide to Radiation Therapy designed to answer frequently asked questions. To make an appointment at Baptist Cancer Institute for radiation therapy, call 904.202.7020.
A wide variety of clinical trials are offered at Baptist Cancer Institute, providing our patients an opportunity to take advantage of new therapies and receive promising treatments before they are widely available. The clinical protocols available at Baptist are sponsored by leading institutions including the National Cancer Institute, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).
Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must qualify for the study. For more information, talk with your doctor or contact our Clinical Research department at 904.202.7051.
Our cancer care staff provides a warm and supportive atmosphere for patients and families who face the physical and emotional challenges of cancer. Comprehensive resources at Baptist include dedicated cancer care coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, access to alternative and complementary therapies such as yoga, as well as a clinical psychologist who provides counseling to cancer patients and their loved ones.