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Central Florida Cancer Care Center
 
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Breast Cancer Video with Dr. Steven G. Lester and Dr. Maneesh Gossain
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Central Florida Cancer Institute Hope Center Groundbreaking Ceremony in Davenport, Florida
 
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Central Florida Cancer Institute's Hope Center in Davenport, Florida
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Central Florida Cancer Care Center
 
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Prostate Cancer Video with Dr. Steven G. Lester and Dr. Maneesh Gossain
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Florida Cancer Center of Excellence
 
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Patients at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute are assured of receiving the highest quality care as measured by state and national standards.
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Florida Cancer Specialists – Gainesville Cancer Center – VNR – June2016
 
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Florida Cancer Specialists celebrated the opening of the new Gainesville Cancer Center and provided a tour of the $10 million, state-of-the-art facility for a group of patients who helped design the center.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center: TAPUR Study
 
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The TAPUR Study, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, is providing promising new treatment possibilities for patients with advanced solid tumors, like Anita Shangvi who has metastatic breast cancer. There are more than 100 sites in 20 states offering the TAPUR Study but currently, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only site in Florida.
The Importance of IMRT/IGRT in Treating Prostate Cancer
 
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The importance of IMRT/IGRT in treating prostate cancer. In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes technological advancements in treating prostate cancer and why you need IMRT/IGRT when treating the disease. “Today we're going to discuss the importance of utilizing an IMRT/IGRT technique in treating prostate cancer if you elect to have radiation,” says Dr. Lester. “In the past, before the technology improved, we had to take about a two centimeter (roughly one inch) margin around the prostate to make sure we didn't miss it. The reason we might have missed it is that the prostates move all day. They don't move much, but they do move because your rectum is behind your prostate. If your rectum is distended with stool or gas, it is going to push it in one direction. If it's empty, it is going to drop in the other direction.” “(In the past) We also tried to treat you with your bladder full. It’s harder to distend your bladder the same amount each day just by drinking fluid, so we had to worry about a shift in that direction. And finally, by tradition, with radiation you have to start with landmarks, which are on the belly, and bellies wiggle. The larger the patient, the more likely you're not going to have your aim on because you're using skin tattoos that are wiggling around.” “Once we developed image-guided radiation, it allowed us to visualize the prostate every day. Since then, we have been able to cut those margins from two centimeters to point five centimeters. That lets us treat a lot less healthy tissue, helps us ensure we're hitting the target, and it has allowed us to put in a higher dose of radiation, which has resulted in longer, better term, local control, which hopefully will translate to cures.” “When you see that you're going through a lot each day with regards to filming, aiming, and treatment going and coming from five to nine directions, it’s perfectly normal. The whole process is designed to sculpt the dose of radiation and to paint it just to the prostate and treat less bladder, less rectum, less hip and give you a better cure rate with fewer side effects.” “There is a lot of technology involved with prostate radiation, and it takes awhile to get started. It's important you work with your doctor and his entire team to make sure your treatment is done properly. It's critically important to reduce the side effects and improve the cure rate; therefore, you want IMRT/IGRT when you get your prostate irradiated.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
Moffitt Cancer Center looking to expand
 
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Moffitt Cancer Center is looking to expand, which could mean a new building. ﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊ The ABC Action News app brings you the latest trusted news and information. ABC Action News is Taking Action For You with leading local news coverage, "Certified Most Accurate" weather forecasts, and award-winning I-Team investigations. ABC Action News, WFTS, covers local news in Tampa Bay and Florida. iPhone: http://bit.ly/abcaction-ios Android: http://bit.ly/abcaction-android
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Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer
 
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Radiation treatment for prostate cancer. In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes the different types of radiation treatment available for prostate cancer patients. “We have two forms of radiation we can use for prostate cancer,” says Dr. Lester. “One is a radioactive seed implant, and the other is daily radiation treatment utilizing an IMRT or IGRT technique period. Many patients are candidates for both or a combination of the two treatments.” “Radioactive seeds is a procedure done in the operating room. In conjunction with urologists, between 50 and 120 radioactive pellets which look like the short side of a staple are placed into the prostate utilizing needle sticks with ultrasound in the rectum guiding the placement of the seeds.” “Radioactive seeds is an excellent technique when the patient has a small gland, a small localized cancer, and they can urinate well. Patients who don't urinate well because they have an enlarged gland, often get too much swelling from having 30 or 40 needle sticks in their prostate. The advantage of that procedure is that it's a one-shot deal. You get it over with.” “The other option is daily radiation treatments, what the bulk of patients in this country are treated with. Those are daily from Monday through Friday, and take about 15 minutes a day. There's no pain; it's like having a cat scan or an MRI. The beam time is about three or four minutes.” “When you finish the treatment, you get up and go about your daily life, hardly noticing anything. You might notice after a couple of weeks due to a little swelling in the gland you urinate more frequently with urgency. You may have fatigue where you feel like having a nap. Many patients don't even notice it, and the younger patients keep working right through treatment.” “The important thing to know is that there's no sickness, no nausea, and no pain. The main hassle is coming in and out for treatment for nine weeks. While patients consider that a hassle, those of us who want to cure cancer don't consider it so. Nine weeks of daily treatment to get rid of a serious disease is not so bad.” “Try to work with the clinic. We want to fit into your schedule the best we can. However, we have a serious medical problem we are trying to eradicate so giving us 15 minutes a day for nine weeks is really not a lot. So please work with the staff if you would like to be treated with radiation. If you opt for surgery, work with your surgeon, and he'll get you through the procedure and over the side effects. Hopefully, you'll be able to lead a normal lifestyle, put it behind you and be one of those patients that we’ve cured.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
Skin Cancer Center of Central Florida
 
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http://www.dexknows.com/business_profiles/skin_cancer_center_of_central_florida-b71714 At the Skin Cancer Center of Central Florida, were dedicated to helping our patients deal with skin cancer. There are many types of skin cancer, and we treat them all, including basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and melanoma. Come to our state of the art facility, where we strive to make you as comfortable as possible.
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What Are the Different Types of Radiation Therapy?
 
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What are the different types of radiation therapy? In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., the different types of radiation available to patients at Central Florida Cancer Care Center. Radiation oncology uses streams of high-energy particles or waves, such as x-rays or electrons to shrink tumors and destroy cancer cells. Roughly half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy at one point during the term of their treatment. Steven G. Lester, M.D., FACRO, says questions about the types of radiation oncology are common among his patients. “Radiation has evolved from being cobalt-60 sources, which is a radioactive element in the head of a treatment machine, to now having high-energy linear accelerators,” he explains. “Proton beams are another form of radiation we employ.” The most appropriate form of radiation therapy will depend on the type and size of the cancer tumor. “A high energy linear accelerator usually has two options: X-rays or electrons,” Dr. Lester says. “Electrons are used for superficial tumors like skin cancers or early-stage breast cancer with tumors close to the surface, while X-rays are used for deeper structures.” “Protons are a new form of radiation, and although they are still being studied, they may be beneficial for small brain tumors,” he continues. “The advantage to protons is that you can control the exit dose.” Patients with cancer should consult with a radiation oncologist to determine what procedure is right for them. Dr. Lester stresses that it’s crucial for patients to understand that the volume radiation oncologists treat is based on the cancer. “For example in a prostate (cancer), the rectum bulges up against the prostate and the prostate droops over the rectum,” says Dr. Lester. “Therefore, there is no beam available that won’t treat the front of the rectum at the same time you treat the prostate. When your physician recommends that you need a linear accelerator treatment versus getting referred to an institution that has an active scanning proton beam, the volume has been determined by the tumor, not by the beam.” “At the Central Florida Care Center, we have IMRT and IGRT which is standard throughout the country,” says Dr. Lester. “We can treat 95% of all cancers that are referred to us, and 5% we refer out.” What to Expect from Radiation Oncology When patients and their doctors decide to pursue radiation therapy for cancer treatment, they will likely undergo one of the following two types of radiation oncology treatment types: External Beam Radiation Therapy. External beam radiation therapy can be used to treat many types of cancer. A linear accelerator administers direct radiation to the affected area. Each session lasts about 15 minutes and is generally painless. Patients typically have five treatment sessions each week with a consecutive two-day break to allow healthy tissue that may have been damaged to heal. This continues for about six weeks. Internal Radiation Therapy. This treatment, also known as brachytherapy or seed treatment, involves temporary or permanent placement of radioactive sources in the tumor site. Internal radiation therapy is commonly employed to treat head and neck, breast, cervix, prostate and eye cancer. The procedure allows the doctor to administer a higher total dose of radiation to a smaller area in a single procedure. This treatment can be used alone or combined with external beam radiation. In some cases, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy or both. The optimal treatment plan will depend on the type of cancer and how advanced it is. “We’ll be happy to talk to you about your treatment plan and what would be best for you,” says Dr. Lester. For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
What Are the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Radiation?
 
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What are the side effects of prostate cancer radiation? In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes how prostate cancer patients can plan for radiation treatment. “Today we're discussing will you lose your hair with prostate radiation?” says Dr. Lester. “And the answer is no because we're not aiming at your head. You lose hair with radiation based on where we aim, and I don't think I've ever had a patient complain of losing a little bit of pubic hair.” “What you want to know is what are the side effects of prostate radiation,” Dr. Lester continues. “And they're really pretty minimal. After a couple of weeks, you'll notice your gland is a little irritated which results in a little more frequent urination and some urgency. Part of the urgency with our process is that we always ask our patients to come in with their bladder full. Therefore, you're drinking more fluids than usual, and you're going to have to empty (your bladder) more often. We usually can manage the side effects with a medication like Flomax if it becomes too symptomatic.” “You get some bowel irritation from radiation, but now with the newer techniques using an IMRT IGRT, we treat less rectum, so you have less bowel irritation. You will get a little bowel urgency. You don't get diarrhea from prostate radiation because we only treat about a two-inch segment of the front of the rectum. Fatigue is common, but that fatigue is usually pretty minimal. You might need a cat nap after the fourth or fifth week every afternoon. I find the patients who are really tired have better tolerance to treatments because they are not trying to work 40 hours a week.” “So those are the main side effects one sees during treatment,” Dr. Lester concludes. “We're always available during therapy to see our patients on any day if some side effects should develop, but what you should know is that you can continue with a normal lifestyle during treatment.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
Moffitt Cancer Center - Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
 
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Each year, roughly 290,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a form of gastrointestinal cancer. When it comes to beating gastrointestinal cancer, numbers and experience matter. Moffitt Cancer Center performs the most surgeries for gastrointestinal cancers each year, including incredibly complex procedures where the stakes are high. It is our surgical experience that helps give our patients their best chance for beating cancer. For more information about Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, call 1-888-MOFFITT or visit MOFFITT.org to schedule an appointment with our cancer specialists. About Moffitt Cancer Center: Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Florida Orchestra Performance at Moffitt Cancer Center
 
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On December 19, 2014, string players of The Florida Orchestra and Music Director Designate Michael Francis performed a free concert at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center in the atrium of the Stabile Research Building. The program included portions of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with soloist Lucas Guideri, Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Elgar's Serenade for Strings. Video by Ted Esposito.
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What is Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)? | Steven G. Lester, M.D.
 
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What is image-guided radiation therapy? In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., FACRO at Central Florida Cancer Care Center, explains what Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is and why it's beneficial to patients. Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is a type of conformal radiotherapy that allows higher doses of radiation to be given to the tumor while limiting the impact on healthy tissue. The method uses advanced imaging technology before and during radiation therapy to enhance the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery. “Patients often ask us what image-guided radiation therapy is,” says Dr. Lester. “We use IGRT to be more precise on a daily basis because what we’ve learned over the last twenty years is that there’s more organ motion than many patients and physicians realize.” How is Image Guided Radiation Therapy Used? Precise tumor locations can shift as a result of normal, subtle movements in the body due to breathing, bladder, and bowel function. Image-guided radiation treats tumors situated on or near vital bodily structures prone to movement including the lungs, liver, and prostate. “Organ motion is due basically to your breathing and the normal displacement of tissue,” explains Dr. Lester. “Take your prostate, for example. If your rectum is full (of volume), your prostate is going to move in a different direction than when it’s empty. You can be as still as you want (during treatment) but we need to account for those internal motions.” IGRT is often used alongside intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), a method of advanced-precision radiotherapy that uses computer-driven x-rays to carry targeted radiation to a malignant tumor. Before IGRT, doctors had to treat a larger area of the body just to be sure the cancer tumor was receiving the needed radiation. The expanded treatment area meant more damage to the surrounding healthy tissues. “Before IGRT, the way we had to account for organ motion was with a bigger margin, treating more tissue,” says Dr. Lester. “IGRT allows us to precisely localize where the cancer and the normal tissue is right before treatment, so we’re able to treat a smaller volume.” What Are the Advantages of IGRT? Radiation therapy machines are equipped with imaging technology to allow your doctor to image the tumor before and during treatment. The images show the size, shape, and position of cancer as well as the surrounding tissues and bones. This can help: Deliver accurate doses of radiation Define, localize, and monitor tumor position, size, and shape before and during treatment Determine the possibility of greater and more precise radiation to enhance tumor control Lower the radiation exposure of healthy tissues around the tumor “Image guidance assists us in giving patients the most precise treatment possible,” says Dr. Lester. “Now we’re able to treat a smaller area, which we hope creates fewer side effects and allows us to be just as effective but with less normal tissue being affected.” A radiation oncologist puts together a patient’s treatment plan through a planning process, called a simulation session. Other imaging procedures might be used to determine the exact shape and location of the tumor further, and then the patient may be secured in place to help them stay in the correct position throughout the treatment. Ultimately, state-of-the-art SmartBeam IMRT technology gives hope to cancer patients who would have been deemed untreatable just a generation ago. “The goal of image guidance is to assist us in giving you the most precise treatment possible,” says Dr. Lester. Today, IMRT is employed to treat prostate, head and neck, breast, thyroid, and lung cancer, as well as tumors in the liver and brain, lymphomas, and sarcomas. For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about image guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
What Are the Side Effects of Radiation Oncology?
 
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What are the side-effects of radiation oncology? Maneesh Gossain, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist at Central Florida Cancer Care Center shares his insights on the different types of radiation therapy used and what kinds of side-effects can be associated with them. “Some of the common questions I get from patients are ‘Are there side-effects to radiation?’ and ‘What are the side-effects?’” says Dr. Gossain. “There are side-effects for the different kinds of cancers. However, we can minimize those, and it all depends on the volume of tumor that we are treating.” “We commonly treat skin cancers, breast cancers, prostate cancers, and lung cancers. Those side-effects are all going to be different, and it’s important that you sit down with your doctor to discuss those side-effects. Skin cancer tends to be the easiest (to treat). We have a very small area and use a superficial electron beam that can control the depth of radiation. It will give you a skin reaction and occasionally fatigue. These are acute reactions that disappear once the radiation is completed.” For breast cancer, we get skin reaction and fatigue,” Dr. Gossain continues.”On the left side, we have to be concerned about the heart and the (blood) vessels, so we take care to avoid those. For lung cancer, it can be a little bit more complicated. There are peripheral lung cancers and centrally-located lung cancers. We are concerned about your esophagus and spinal cord. And with prostate cancer, you can get urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) and proctitis (inflammation of the rectum and anus) as we’re avoiding the bladder and rectum. According to Dr. Gossain, many people misunderstand the potential side effects of radiation oncology, making a consultation with their physician essential for obtaining clear insight. “There are common misconceptions that people get nausea, vomiting, lose their hair and teeth with radiation,” he says. “But these are often untrue, and it’s important to sit down with your physician to review your images, pathology reports, and discuss all side-effects with you.” To learn more about Dr. Gossain visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/maneesh-gossain/ To learn more about Central Florida Cancer Care Center visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/ For patient resources and links visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about procedures and equipment visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/procedures-equipment/
Florida Doctor Using Alternative Cancer Treatment to Battle Stage 4 Cancer
 
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Dr. Mark Rosenberg, a physician in South Florida is working on a new treatment protocol for patients battling late stage cancer. Channel 10 speaks with Dr. Rosenberg's patient Mary Nesbitt, who is now in remission from edometrial cancer. Mary's cancer is now in remission.
Groundbreaking on Florida Cancer Specialists new Tampa Cancer Center
 
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FCS Physicians, executives, and community leaders broke ground on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 on the new Tampa Cancer Center at 3402 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607. Brad Prechtl, CEO of FCS, said, "Annually, we see almost 30,000 patients in the Tampa Bay region. The Tampa Cancer Center, coupled with the growth of our practice in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, is indicative of our commitment to set a new standard in cancer treatment and to demonstrate the true power of what community oncology can be." The Tampa Cancer Center is being developed and built by Optimal Outcomes, LLC, a St. Petersburg-based healthcare facilities firm that utilizes evidence-based design to achieve functional and aesthetic outcomes that increase operational efficiencies for providers while also creating environments that enhance patient experiences and reduce stress.
How to Prevent Prostate Cancer
 
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How to prevent prostate cancer. In this video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center discusses what, if anything, can be done to prevent the disease. “Today, we're discussing prostate cancer prevention,” says Dr. Lester. “We get a lot of questions about that, especially from family members when they come in and Dad has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.” “Unfortunately, we don't have a pill we can give you to prevent prostate cancer. There have been several studies that have looked at some of the medications used for enlarged prostates to see if they would reduce the risk of prostate cancer. And they haven’t been proven to be effective enough.” “I think when one deals with prostate cancer prevention, what we would like to do at this point since we can't prevent it, is to prevent high-risk prostate cancer, the more aggressive prostate cancer. And there is some data that certain lifestyle and dietary modifications may be able to accomplish that. The data is based on looking at people from other cultures who have moved to our country and changed their diet. When those people adopted a higher fat diet with fewer soybeans, they seem to have more aggressive prostate cancer.” “Therefore, a lot of what you would consider a heart-healthy diet is also good for reducing the risk of high-risk prostate cancer. That's the best we can do at this time. We encourage patients to follow a low saturated fat diet. We'd like them to incorporate some omega-3s into their diet by eating fish. We would say eating more tomatoes is beneficial because of the lycopene. Eating some soybean protein is important. Some data indicates that drinking some freshly brewed tea every day may help.” “When patients hear about the research, they always want to know how much they should eat, and we don't really know how much. The idea is to work it into your diet. If you enjoy the food product, make sure you eat it. If you don't, you can try some different supplements to get the more beneficial proteins out of soybean.” “Another factor that probably helps is losing weight. We've noticed that patients with higher body mass index seem to have more prostate cancer when they have their prostates removed. So the idea here is to reduce your weight, and that may help by reducing fats in the diet and getting better blood sugar control. There's some data that tighter blood sugar control may benefit patients with prostate cancer. Another variable that may or may not affect prostate cancer is a lower vitamin D level. We think it's important to get your vitamin D level checked and increase vitamin D in your diet or through supplements. If you take it through supplements, make sure you take it with a meal as it doesn't absorb well on an empty stomach. Exercise helps. And reducing stress. There is some data that patients with sleep apnea potentially have more cancers, and we encourage our patients who have sleep apnea to use their CPAP.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health Proton Accelerator Delivery
 
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November 2nd 2014: Mevion Medical Systems is announcing the delivery of its MEVION S250 proton therapy superconducting synchrocyclotron accelerator to the University of Florida Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health. The accelerator delivery is a major milestone in the construction of the center’s new proton beam therapy system, which will treat cancer in adults and children. Proton therapy precisely delivers radiation doses to tumors while sparing much of the surrounding healthy tissue, thus making it ideal for treating pediatric patients, as well as adult cancers in sensitive locations such as near the heart or brain. As Central Florida’s most advanced cancer center, the University of Florida Health Cancer Center is the first hospital in the region to install a proton therapy system. Installation of the accelerator will take just a few days, and construction of the proton center is expected to be completed next year.
What Is the Difference Between Private vs. Hospital-Owned Oncology?.
 
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What is the difference between private vs. hospital-owned oncology? In this short video, Richard J. Lee, M.D., radiation oncologist at Central Florida Cancer Care Center, discusses the benefits of patients choosing a private radiation oncology practice instead of the hospital-owned alternative. "Our practice is one of the few independent radiation oncology groups” says Dr. Lee. “You’re seeing on a national level that many hospital systems and multi-disciplinary practices are buying out the radiation oncology groups. The nice thing about our practice is that we are completely independent. We are owned only by radiation oncologists and, therefore, we are only beholden to ourselves. We have the autonomy to decide which patients require treatment vs. having upward pressures from other doctors and other hospitals telling us to treat certain patients for business purposes or other reasons.” “We take great pride in the fact that we are one of the few independent practices left. In our practice, we are able to give the patient that much more time and attention. Being a smaller group, we have the same staff that patients will see every day that they’ll be able to build a relationship with. And that’s what medicine should be about. Some of that can get lost as we get into the bigger hospital systems.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lee visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/richard-lee/ To learn about the different types of radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/what-are-the-different-types-of-radiation-therapy/ For commonly asked questions visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/faq/ For more cancer information resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/cancer-information/
Moffitt Cancer Center, Governor Rick Scott Announce National Cancer Institute Designation
 
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Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Governor Rick Scott announce the cancer center has been awarded the National Cancer Institute’s highest designation – Comprehensive Cancer Center. Only four percent of cancer research institutions in the United States have received the prestigious designation. Comprehensive Cancer Center status recognizes robust clinical, basic and population science research; team science; scientific leadership; education programs; and research focused on benefitting the community. Moffitt is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center based in the state of Florida, which has the second highest burden of cancer incidence and death in the United States.
Florida Cancer Specialists - Tampa Cancer Center - Opening Ceremony
 
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Florida Cancer Specialists physicians discuss the comprehensive services and advanced technology at the new $10 million Tampa Cancer Center, which opened October 23, 2012. The state-of-the-art facility, which was developed using evidence-based design, is located adjacent to One Buc Place in Hillsborough County.
A Behind the Scenes Look at Regional Cancer Center
 
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It provides patients with care, treatment, and education, the Regional Cancer Center was built in 2008; but as the population in Southwest Florida has grown, cancer diagnosis has gone up, creating a need for more space. “Cancer care is really a team sport, so this building really helps us bring in more people more services together to benefit our patients. 50 percent of what’s in here are services that we already had that we just needed a better location for,” said Dennis Bruens, vice president of oncology and palliative care. Bruens takes us behind the scenes of the expansion to explain how the new space benefits the patients and care team. “We have our rehab gym, and the reason we left it open to the lobby is so when people walk in here they can actually see people getting better from cancer,” he explained. Research shows starting therapy early can help patients get back to their normal life quickly. Downstairs therapists can work with patients on speech, physical therapy, and lymphedema treatment. Right across the hall, physicians have access to a data center, which documents all of Southwest Florida cancer statistics. “This makes sure that we get the comprehensive picture of how they were diagnosed, what their diagnosis was, and what their treatment was, and the outcome,” said Bruens. Just down the hall is palliative care. A specialty that works alongside physicians and patients to make sure patients are comfortable during their cancer journey. “On the second floor of the expansion is really physician offices, so we have three physician offices up here,” he said. The new facility is an extension to help patients understand their cancer plan while letting them focus on getting stronger. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org
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What is Radiation Oncology?
 
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What is radiation oncology? In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes the history of radiation oncology and how it has evolved and advanced over the years. “Patients often ask what is radiation oncology?” says Dr. Lester. “Radiation oncology is a specialty inside of medicine that requires a minimum of four and now five years of post-medical school study, and we are all board-certified. We use radiation to treat cancer. It’s probably the most effective thing to treat cancer when you deal with invasive, infiltrated malignancies and that we go from head to toe with what we do.” “The use of radiation is rather new in medicine,” Dr. Lester continues. “Radiation wasn’t really discovered until the late 1800s, and immediately physicians started trying to treat cancers with it. I was at the White House recently and saw a picture of Calvin Coolidge with Madame Curie, which was just amazing. She, as you know, found uranium, radium, and the initial properties with radiation.” “And that process has been refined over the years. Since I started doing this thirty-four years ago, the computerization and technology have allowed us to go from standard hand blocking where we shape the field with simple blocks to complex blades built into the head of the machine to allow us to generate a beam and shape it in any direction we want.” “Our goal is to know the history of the malignancy, know what is the best treatment for you, and coordinate it with your other physicians who may be performing surgery or giving chemotherapy. Radiation oncology is a broad specialty when it comes to oncology because oncology is a broad area. But it allows us to treat many patients and cure many effectively.” “If you want to see more information on this, please look at the rest of our website, and we’ll refer you to the appropriate places to see things about radiation oncology.” For more visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn about the different types of radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/what-are-the-different-types-of-radiation-therapy/ For commonly asked questions visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/faq/ For more cancer information resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/cancer-information/
What Are the Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer?
 
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What are the treatment options for prostate cancer? In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes the different treatment methods available for prostate cancer patients. “A lot of our patients under 65 years of age come in and have the option of either surgery or radiation,” says Dr. Lester. “They are trying to decide which way they would like to be treated. Patients often ask what their stage is and try to make a determination with regards to treatment.” “Staging is important for prostate cancer, but now we use risk factors to help decide as to the chances the surgeon can remove the prostate cancer, which means probably removing the entire prostate. If a patient has a very low-risk disease (cancer), they have the option to go with surgery or radiation.” “Younger patients in their early 50s often opt for surgery. Patients 65 or older usually have radiation. Everyone in the middle has to determine which treatment modality is best for them. And it comes down to how they feel emotionally about the treatments regarding potential side effects. Patients will come in, we will discuss their options with them, we'll review whether they have all the options, and then we'll make a decision.” “Patients who have a higher-risk disease or possible positive margins or extension outside of the gland often will opt for radiation because they don't want to go through surgery and radiation. But each patient has to individualize their treatment plan, know their options, and in the end, decide as to which way they would like to be treated. You must talk to your doctor, and you must get all your questions answered.” “It's always good to bring a family member to the doctor’s office because it's hard to remember everything. Once you have all the facts, you can make your decision. Move forward with it. Don't look back. Don't regret your decision. Just move forward and do what's best for you.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
Planning for Prostate Cancer Treatment
 
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Planning for prostate cancer treatment. In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes how prostate cancer patients can plan for radiation treatment. “Today we're discussing prostate cancer and radiation treatments in the planning component,” says Dr. Lester. “Many patients come in, and they have a lot of anxiety. However, all that anxiety isn’t really necessary with prostate cancer.” “Most patients want to get started right away, and they get a little disappointed when I say that won’t be the case. The reason for that is that we have a lot of technology and planning that goes into treating prostate cancer. For us to do image guidance, we place three little metal markers in your prostate which is utilized to see (on X-ray) where your prostate is on a daily basis, because you can't see a prostate on a standard X-ray.” “After we decide, with your input, that you want to be treated, we have to place these markers (in your prostate). Once the markers are placed, we usually do a CAT scan and often an MRI to fuse the images so we can see exactly where your prostate is. Then we have to undergo a planning process with the treatment planning computer which customizes the treatment to your anatomy.” “Once we've got the plan approved, we do a phantom treatment on the machine to make sure the computer got all the calculations correct. Then we bring you back and film you on the machine to make sure it lines up. As you can see, it takes a good seven to fourteen days to complete all the processes that are needed to make sure your treatment is accurate, precise and customized for you. That's what goes on behind the scenes with your planning and treatment, and that's why it takes about two weeks to get started.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
Florida Cancer Specialists Announces $10 Million Cancer Center for Gainesville
 
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VIDEO NEWS RELEASE -- March 2015 -- Florida Cancer Specialists leaders and physicians host a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of a new cancer center in Gainesville, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2016.
Florida Panthers players visit patients at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
 
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As part of the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, members of the Florida Panthers players visit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, meeting patients and touring the labs where life-saving research take place.
Mayor Buckhorn at Florida Cancer Specialists' Tampa Cancer Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
 
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Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, speaks at the groundbreaking of the new FCS cancer center in Tampa, FL.
Regional Breast Cancer Center Fort Myers Florida
 
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Regional Breast Care (located inside the Regional Cancer Center) was exclusively developed as a practice dedicated to the care of breast health issues, ranging from benign breast conditions, such as mastalgia and fibrocystic disease to malignant tumors.  We strive to provide exceptional medical care in a personal, compassionate, and individualized fashion. At Regional Breast Care, we focus on you and your unique situation.  We will take that extra time to explain the disease process and the treatment options, so that together, we can create a treatment plan that will best meet your individual needs.
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Get to Know Richard J. Lee, M.D.
 
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Get to know Richard J. Lee, M.D., radiation oncologist at Central Florida Cancer Care Center. In this short video, Dr. Lee shares his life journey that brought him to practice medicine and radiation oncology in particular. “I always thought about being a physician because my father is also a physician,” says Dr. Lee. “He’s actually a radiation oncologist. Growing up and visiting him in the hospital and seeing how he lived and what he did really impacted me as a child and that’s why I decided to go into medicine and this specialty in particular.” “I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I did a brief stint working in finance in New York City before I decided to move forward with a medical career. I did my training up at Boston University and did my residency down in the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. After five years of living in Florida weather, I decided that I couldn’t go back to the cold weather up north and found a job here in Orlando. While it’s nowhere near the beach, it has a lot more exciting things to do.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lee visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/richard-lee/ To learn about the different types of radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/what-are-the-different-types-of-radiation-therapy/ For commonly asked questions visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/faq/ For more cancer information resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/cancer-information/
The Florida Orchestra Returns to Moffitt Cancer Center
 
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The Florida Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Francis, returns to Moffitt Cancer Center’s Stabile Research Building to perform once again for patients and team members. The Florida Orchestra performed “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and spotlighted the virtuosic skill of Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer on violin.
How Can You Handle Insurance and Payment?
 
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How can you handle insurance and payment? In this short video, Maneesh Gossain, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist at Central Florida Cancer Care Center describes the frustrations that patients can go through dealing with insurance companies and copays and what can be done about it. “I want to talk about the difficulties of dealing with the insurance companies,” says Dr. Gossain. “I personally had to go through this process with my newborn son. It was very confusing to me to deal with the insurance companies, so I understand it’s very confusing to the patient.” Central Florida Cancer Care Center has systems in place to help patients ease through the many hoops that insurance companies can make patients jump through. “We have financial counselors available at both offices,” says Dr. Gossain. “They are there to help you navigate the insurance and understand your copays. We are here to help you. We work as a team and try to do it together instead of leaving the patient to handle it on their own.” To learn more about Central Florida Cancer Care Center visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Gossain visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/maneesh-gossain/ For patient resources and links visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about procedures and equipment visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/procedures-equipment/
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Virtual Tour
 
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Experience the Center by taking a virtual tour of our clinical care building. "Walk" through our facilities to learn more about services and programs. Prepare for your first visit with this step-by-step guide.
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Compassionate Staff at Mid Florida Cancer Center
 
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We provide excellent comprehensive cancer care. Our cancer doctors at Mid Florida Cancer Centers work together to provide quality cancer treatment in a caring and understanding environment. Highly educated, our physicians have attended some of the best universities across the nation to obtain their medical degrees and gain extensive training in their specialties. To find more information about our doctors and staff, please visit http://midfloridacancercenters.com/cancer-doctor.html
South Florida Cancer Clinical Trials: Holy Cross Cancer Research Commercial
 
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In the fight against cancer, HOPE is still winning. Holy Cross Hospital is providing South Florida with rare access to the latest in cancer research. Our goal is to see the end of cancer. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Holy Cross Hospital provides South Florida residents with rapid access to specialized cancer care and genetic counseling. To learn more about the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit http://www.holycrosscancer.com. For a list of our most updated clinical trials, visit our Research Center Profile at: http://tinyurl.com/3tjn22y Questions? Call (954) 267-7750.
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FCS - Gladiolus Cancer Center Ribbon Cutting
 
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Florida Cancer Specialists Gladiolus Cancer Center Ribbon Cutting Video
Central Florida cancer patients get makeovers
 
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Local cancer patients were surprised to see the results of their unexpected, free makeovers. WESH 2 Photojournalist Pete Delis was there for the emotional outcomes. Subscribe to WESH on YouTube now for more: http://bit.ly/1dqr14j Get more Orlando news: http://wesh.com Like us:http://facebook.com/wesh2news Follow us: http://twitter.com/wesh Google+: http://plus.google.com/+wesh
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What Is Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)?
 
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What is accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI)? In this brief video, Maneesh Gossain, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist at Central Florida Cancer Care Center explains what Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is and how it can benefit patients with breast cancer. “APBI is a relatively new treatment modality that we have implemented at the Cancer Care Center,” says Dr. Gossain. “It’s an alternative form of treatment that we started offering in 2007 to women to treat their breast cancers.” In effect, APBI reduces the length of treatment from five to seven weeks to five days. “In the older days, previous options were external beam radiation which involves thirty-three daily fractions of radiations,” says Dr. Gossain. “This required that you come five days a week, thirty-three times. For the right candidate, we can treat that patient in ten fractions, and their treatment will be completed in a 5-day course rather than in a six-week and a half week course of radiation.” “This is more convenient for the patient if they’re the right candidate. It’s important to talk to your surgeon and your radiation oncologist to see if that option works for you.” For more visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Gossain visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/maneesh-gossain/ To learn about the different types of radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/what-are-the-different-types-of-radiation-therapy/ For commonly asked questions visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/faq/ For more cancer information resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/cancer-information/
Prostate Cancer Treatment and Cost
 
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Prostate cancer treatment and cost. In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center breaks down the costs of prostate cancer treatment prostate and explains all the factors that contribute to the expense. “The cost for prostate cancer treatment is pretty significant when one considers that you're looking at about $20-25,000 whether you have surgery or radiation,” says Dr. Lester. “Usually, patients don't make a decision based on cost because both treatments are standard and are covered by insurance. Why is radiation is so costly? Let's take an example: the treatment room the patient is in has to protect the personnel and the lay public who are not in the room from the radiation because only the patient can be in the room.” “The treatment room itself is 8 to 10 feet of poured concrete at the primary beam. So you're looking at $800,000 to $1 million just for the treatment room and about two to three million dollars for the treatment machine plus all the support services.” “Radiation is a very high-end capital cost procedure,” Dr. Lester continues. “And now we see surgery with the use of robots, such as the laparoscopic robot, which is also a very impressive, high-tech piece of equipment. What patients need to realize is as we've improved the technology the cost has gone up, but we've also reduced the side effects, improved the aim, and the cure rate.” “There is a significant cost, but there are a lot of personnel working in the background, engineers keeping the machines going, and the physicists doing the quality assurance. There's a lot that goes on beyond the three to four minutes of treatment time. So when you look at the overall cost of prostate cancer treatment, realize you're getting a lot for the money you pay, or that your insurer pays. However, what you're really getting is rid of a life-altering or life-ending cancer that's going to cost a lot more if we don't cure it. Therefore, we don't think the cost is that much when you consider the benefit.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/
Community Hospitals -  President Video: Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
 
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For more than twenty years, our cancer center has been a premier cancer treatment facility, providing exceptional cancer care to more than 80,000 patients. We now share a state Cancer Center of Excellence Award with our UF Health Cancer Center Gainesville affiliation. We are passionate about the importance of our work, and dedicated to the patients and families that we serve. Every person is different – as is each patient's cancer.
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How to Support a Loved One with Prostate Cancer
 
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How to support a loved one with prostate cancer. In this short video, Steven G. Lester, M.D., F.A.C.R.O., a board-certified radiation oncologist, at Central Florida Cancer Care Center explains how friends and family can best support someone with prostate cancer. “Today we're discussing prostate cancer and support from the family,” says Dr. Lester. “There's always the concern from the family of what they can do to help, Dad, or even a son, who has prostate cancer. I think it's a more general question for any of our patients who have cancer. What you want to do is support them, not baby them. You want to help them minimize the changes in their daily life with regards to receiving their treatments. A lot of patients don't want to talk about it every 30 minutes because it causes too much anxiety.” “In supporting a family member, you're going to hear a lot about different measures that will help in addition to the treatment such as weight loss and dietary changes. You want to encourage the patient but not be overbearing. A lot is coming at them. Our goal is to get the patient through the treatment, have the family support them, and let them see that the treatments are not that harsh.” “There's a lot of anxiety initially with regards to how harsh the treatments may be because of the false perception that radiation is painful. Once we get the patient into treatment, they will realize that it's easy for them to do. Then you can support them by helping them lose weight, initiate any dietary changes that may be recommended, and live a normal, healthy lifestyle.” For more visit http://cancercarecenter.md/ To learn more about Dr. Lester visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/steven-lester/ To learn more about prostate cancer visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/prostate-cancer/ For patient resources visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/resources-and-links/ To learn more about external beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/external-beam-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about internal beam radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/internal-radiation-therapy/ To learn more about image-guided radiation therapy visit https://www.cancercarecenter.md/imrt-igrt/