Oncologists in Tallahassee, Florida
At Capital Regional Medical Center, we help our patients beat cancer. We offer a multidisciplinary team of cancer doctors, radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses and rehabilitation specialists dedicated to supporting our patients—from diagnosis to survivorship.
For more information about our cancer services, call the Capital Regional Cancer Center at (850) 878-2273.
Capital Regional Medical Center has partnered with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. Through our local and regional networks, we provide patients with individualized, comprehensive cancer care.
Our cancer center is a Community Cancer Program designated by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Our excellence in cancer care is driven by our sense of accountability and responsibility to our patients.
Cancers we treat
As one of the most comprehensive cancer care programs in Tallahassee and North Florida, our hospital provides treatment for the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Bone metastasis
- Brain metastasis
- Brain tumors (primary)
- Breast cancer
- Colon, rectal and anal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Upper gastrointestinal cancer
If your medical condition isn't listed above, please call us at (850) 878-2273. We may be able to guide you to the appropriate provider.
The Capital Regional Comprehensive Breast Center offers breast health services for the early detection of all stages of breast cancer. We provide a full range of screenings and diagnostics to our patients in a peaceful and tranquil environment. If cancer is detected, our hospital offers advanced breast cancer treatments.
We offer screenings for the detection of colon, rectal and anal cancer. With most cases of colorectal cancer, surgical intervention may be required to treat the condition. Chemotherapy may be recommended prior to additional treatments, depending on the patient's diagnosis. Image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) may also be recommended after surgery.
Our cancer center provides lung cancer screening and treatment. Radiation therapy is often used to treat lung cancer if surgery is not required or if a patient cannot tolerate surgery. Many patients with lung cancer are also treated with IG-IMRT.
We offer screening and treatment for gastrointestinal cancer, including cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas or other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Radiation therapy is often used to treat gastrointestinal cancer as a precautionary measure to prevent cancer from coming back.
We provide screening and treatment for gynecologic cancer, including cervical, uterine (endometrial) and vulvar cancers. Minimally invasive surgery is often required to treat gynecologic cancer. Radiation therapy is commonly used after surgery to prevent cancer from returning.
Cancer treatments we provide
At Capital Regional Cancer Center, we provide our patients with convenient access to advanced cancer treatments. Our cancer doctors work together to determine the most effective treatment plan for each patient.
Treatment may include:
- Clinical trials
- Radiation therapy
If surgery is necessary, our surgeons can often use minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery. Robotic surgery requires only a few small incisions, which speeds up the recovery for our patients.
We offer our patients innovative radiation therapy services, including image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT). IG-IMRT combines advanced radiation oncology with the accuracy of computed tomography (CT) scanning.
IG-IMRT is often an effective treatment option for prostate cancer and lung cancer, among others.
Capital Regional Cancer Center is the only center in Tallahassee that uses Hydrogel, which is an absorbable gel that temporarily creates space between the prostate and the rectum, reducing the radiation dose delivered to the rectum during prostate radiation therapy.
Our CT system provides the detailed image quality needed for highly focused conformal radiation therapy.
- Equipped with 4-Dimensional imaging capabilities – provides the ability to precisely measure the movement of tumors and normal tissues during respiration.
- Has a large 80cm bore with a maximum table capacity of 500 lbs, decreasing patient anxiety and allowing scans with the use of complicated patient immobilization devices.
- Features software that reduces artifact created by artificial joint implants, dental work, and other metal objects throughout the body.
- High resolution imaging that produces sharp images while reducing the CT radiation dose to the patient.
Capital Regional Cancer Center is the 5th cancer center in the U.S. to have a new linear accelerator system which delivers helical tomotherapy, providing continuous delivery of radiotherapy while rotating 360 degrees around the patient. This allows for a much quicker treatment planning process and faster delivery of therapy. This allows for treatment of diseases that are larger in size or scattered in location. This system provides the ability to acquire high resolution helical CT images to guide treatment delivery.
- Designed to enable doctors to more efficiently and effectively deliver precise radiation treatments – even as the patient’s tumor regresses or weight changes.
- Daily CT images utilize adaptive radiation therapy to identify and correct biological changes that could potentially affect dose distribution.
- Capable of treating with submillimeter precision
Capital Regional Cancer Center is the first facility in Tallahassee to offer a new injectable radioactive medication to treat prostate cancer that has spread to bone and is resistant to other treatments. This is an alpha particle emitting therapy (Radium 223) that travels directly to the site of bone metastases, exerting an anti-tumor effect without the side effects associated with other types of radiation treatment. This treatment not only improves cancer-related symptoms, but is also the first radioactive material shown to improve survival duration.
High Dose Brachytherapy
Capital Regional Cancer Center also offers High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) – an internal radiation therapy method that delivers a highly localized therapeutic dose of radiation directly to the tumor location. The radioactive source is applied using temporarily placed applicators. HDR involves a shortened treatment duration and is almost always performed as an outpatient. As the therapy is extremely focused, the dose to surrounding organs and tissues is minimized, reducing potential side effects of treatment.
Our c-arm linear accelerator is designed to deliver a wide range of imaging and treatment options. Multiple imaging options allow your doctor to select the modality that will be best for each individual patient. The linear accelerator has the capabilities to select both electron and photon energies to optimize treatments for both superficial and deeper tumors.
With many upgrades, this machine is equipped to treat patients utilizing some of the newest advancements in radiation oncology.
- Respiratory gating is a smart technology that optimizes treatment delivery to tumors that move during breathing.
- Uses arc therapy for faster and more precisely delivered radiation treatments.
- Capable of achieving very complex treatment angles which allows our clinicians to target the tumor volume.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a highly focused treatment technique that uses precisely targeted radiation to treat small tumors. Despite its name, the therapy is delivered without incision or opening. Both of our treatment machines are capable of delivering Stereotactic Radiosurgery.
Adaptive Radiation Therapy
Adaptive Radiation Therapy is software to automatically use the daily treatment imaging to calculate whether the radiation dose exactly matches the originally prescribed radiation dose. The software monitors size and location variations in organs, normal tissues, and tumors (such as tumor shrinkage) and notifies the treatment team when a plan re-optimization may be needed. Adaptive Radiation therapy gives our patients a customized treatment plan that stays current with their anatomy and disease throughout the course of treatment. Both our helical tomotherapy unit and linear accelerator offer Adaptive Radiation Therapy.
Respiratory Motion Corrected Therapy
Breathing can cause motion of tumors that are located in or near the lungs. This tumor motion requires special technology to image and target them for treatment. Our center’s CT is capable of 4D imaging, meaning that tumors can be visualized at each point in the breathing cycle. The 4D image allows the physician to precisely pinpoint the tumor for treatment. If the tumor’s motion is large the physician may choose to implement radiation therapy that corrects for the motion. These therapies included deep inspiration breath hold, shallow breathing techniques, or respiratory gating. Our linear accelerator is equipped with respiratory gating, which applies radiation treatment to the tumor at certain parts of the breathing cycle. The machine tracks the breathing cycle and turns the radiation on and off as planned by the Radiation Therapy Treatment Team. The use of respiratory gating can reduce radiation dose to healthy organs and tissues.
We provide physical therapy and rehabilitation to our patients with cancer. Our physical therapists offer education and treat physical impairments to improve our patients' quality of life. Physical therapy can help patients before, during and after their cancer treatments.
Some of the benefits of physical therapy and rehabilitation for patients with cancer include:
- Decreased balance issues
- Decreased cancer-related fatigue
- Decreased myofascial, scar and connective tissue restriction
- Increased active range-of-motion
- Increased endurance
- Increased mobility
- Increased strength
Physical therapy can also benefit patients with lymphedema and other cancer-related conditions, such as those affecting the pelvic floor, bladder, bowel and sexual function.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Capital Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially-trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Live chat is also available M-F 9-5 CST. Contact askSARAH at or click here to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.