Treatments

 

Chemotherapy

Led by an expert team of board-certified medical oncologists, Tallahassee Memorial provides chemotherapy and hormone therapy to patients in the Angie Deeb Cancer Unit and in a special infusion area on the second floor of the Cancer Center.

What is Chemotherapy?
Surgery and radiation therapy are considered “local treatments” because they act on specific areas of the body. Chemotherapy is almost exclusively used as a systemic treatment; meaning is travels through the whole body to reach cancer cells.

How Does Chemotherapy Work?
Chemotherapy can be administered several ways: oral, intravenous (IV), intramuscular, or subcutaneous. Often chemotherapy and hormone therapy are used in combination with other treatments to fight a cancer into remission, control tumor growth or shrink a tumor.

We develop custom treatment options designed to help oncology patients reach remission.

Clinical Trials

Paving the way for progress, clinical trials are how we advance healthcare and ultimately, save more lives. For the first time, the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center is proud to offer an international network of clinical trials for cancer patients in the Big Bend.

Clinical trials are an important piece of the complete care offered at a Cancer Center, as they provide the opportunity for patients to receive new and cutting edge treatments with the benefit for all of finding better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Now with the ability to offer international and national clinical trials, our current and future patients will benefit from this research here in their own community.

Read more about Clinical Trials at TMH.

 

DigniCap Scalp Cooling System

Approved by the FDA, DigniCap® minimizes hair loss from certain chemotherapy treatments for women and men with solid tumors such as those associated with breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate and other tissues. 

 

Cancer Genetic Services

It is crucial to identify families with a hereditary predisposition to cancer as they can then take steps to prevent or diagnose in early stages particular cancers enhancing long term-survival.

 

Hematology

The Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center offers special expertise in the area of hematology. These physicians also treat malignant blood disorders, as well as benign blood disorders, often proving life threatening for patients.

What is Hematology?
Hematology is the study of blood in health and disease. Hematology is practiced by specialists who deal with the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of people with blood disorders and blood cancer.

 

Radiation Therapy

Our experienced radiation oncology team offers the most advanced radiation therapy program in the Big Bend region. About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy during the course of their treatment.

What is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy, also called radiation oncology, uses high-energy particles and waves (radiation) to destroy or damage cancer cells.

How Does Radiation Therapy Work?
Radiation delivered by a machine outside of the body is called external-beam radiation therapy. When delivered via a radioactive material placed within the body near cancer cells, it is called internal radiation therapy.

The Novalis Tx

Novalis 3The Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center is home to one of the most advanced radiosurgery systems in the world, the Novalis Tx with RapidArc and the ExacTrac system.

The Novalis Tx includes a powerful linear accelerator that rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. Novalis Tx radio surgery shapes the radiation beam precisely to the patient’s tumor or lesion, ensuring that the best possible treatment dose is delivered while healthy normal tissue is spared.

This enables radiation oncologists to carry out non-invasive radiosurgery with submillimeter accuracy. 

 

Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology is a specialty that focuses on the surgical treatment of a variety of tumors, the most common being breast cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma and endocrine tumors.