Oncologists in St. Petersburg, Florida

At St. Petersburg General Hospital, our specialists provide patients with extensive cancer services. As a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program designated by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, our doctors offer cancer screenings, diagnostic tests, treatments, education and compassionate, research-based care.

To learn more about our cancer services, contact our Consult-a-Nurse® team at (888) 741-5122.

Our cancer center's services

St. Petersburg General Hospital offers a multidisciplinary team approach for cancer treatment. Our patients have access to a wide range of services that are provided either on-site or in partnership with an affiliated provider. Our oncology services include:

  • Cancer education
  • Cancer registry
  • Cancer screening
  • Cancer treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Discharge planning
  • End of life care
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Hospice care
  • Infusion therapy
  • Nutritional support
  • Pain management
  • Pre-treatment evaluation
  • Radiation oncology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Religious support
  • Research
  • Social services
  • Support groups
  • Surgery
  • Surveillance for recurrent disease

We participate in clinical trials in association with the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Sarah

Breast cancer

Our breast care center offers advanced diagnostic technology to provide fast, accurate results. Our breast specialists use a range of imaging exams to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. If a suspicious area is identified, we offer minimally invasive procedures to further examine and, if needed, treat breast conditions.

Colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer usually starts in the glands of the colon or rectum lining. Almost all cases of colorectal cancer begin as non-cancerous (benign) polyps that slowly develop into cancer. Like many cancers, colorectal cancer can spread to lymph nodes or other organs.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer may include:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Narrow stools
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

Our oncologists offer a range of treatments for colorectal cancer, including traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. To treat rectal cancer, surgeons often perform low anterior resection to connect the rectum to the colon after removing the cancer.

Gynecologic cancer

Our gynecology program offers a range of advanced diagnostics and treatments for gynecologic cancers. The most common types of gynecologic cancers are cervical, vaginal, endometrial, uterine and ovarian cancer. Physicians will consider factors, such as the stage and type of cancer, when determining the most appropriate treatment option for each patient.

Women with early-stage gynecologic cancer are often treated with a hysterectomy. In this surgical procedure, the doctor removes the uterus and may also remove the ovaries, fallopian tube and/or select lymph nodes.

Additional gynecology/oncology procedures include:

  • Para-aortic lymphadenectomy
  • Pelvic lymphadenectomy
  • Circumferential vaginotomy
  • Vaginal cuff closure

Many of these procedures are performed using robotic surgery in our GYN Epicenter. St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of two hospitals in Florida and one of 28 hospitals in the U.S. to have a GYN Epicenter. Robotic surgical technology allows our surgeons 3D magnification, enhanced visualization and precise surgical movements.

Lung cancer

St. Petersburg General Hospital is proud to be a Lung Cancer Screening Center designated by the American College of Radiology. In addition to offering advanced diagnostic exams to detect lung cancer, we provide a range of treatment options to patients with the disease.

Almost all lung cancer is found in people 40 years old and older, but it is most common in men 65 years old and older. Although smokers carry the highest risk of developing lung cancer, it does occur in non-smokers.

Our cancer specialists offer low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) exams to detect lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual lung cancer screening with LDCT for people who are:

  • Between 55 to 77 years old
  • Have a 30 pack-year smoking history *
  • Not experiencing lung disease symptoms (e.g., cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, new shortness of breath or unexplained weight loss)
  • Current smoker or have smoked in the last 15 years

*A pack-year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. For example, a person could have a 30 pack-year history by smoking:

  • One pack per day for 30 years
  • Two packs per day for 15 years
  • Three packs per day for ten years

Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer can occur in adults and children, but a person's risk of developing kidney cancer increases with age. Most patients with kidney cancer are treated with surgery.

Out urologists use robotic technology to perform partial nephrectomy (kidney removal) through minimally invasive surgery. Robotic partial nephrectomy is an advanced operation, and we are one of the few hospitals to offer it.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. There are two primary methods used to detect abnormalities in the prostate, which are the digital rectal exam and the prostate-specific antigen test.

Prostate cancer is extremely rare in men 40 years old and younger, but the risk increases significantly with age. More than 60 percent of cases are diagnosed in men 65 years old and older. Other people who may be at risk of getting prostate cancer include:

  • African Americans
  • People with diets that are high in animal fat
  • People with diets that are low in fruit and vegetables
  • People with relatives who have had prostate cancer

If you have an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options, including:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Conservative management
  • Prostatectomy
  • Radiation therapy

Treatment options depend on several factors, including the stage of the disease, age and health.

Oncology nurse navigator

Our oncology nurse navigators help patients make sense of complicated hospital systems to improve both their patient experiences and health outcomes. Our oncology certified registered nurses assist patients in understanding their diagnoses. They also help patients make informed decisions about their treatment options and care plans.

Our nurse navigators serve as a resource from the initial point of contact across the cancer continuum through survivorship. These nurses help patients preserve or return to their best possible level of physical, psychosocial and nutritional function. To do this, our nurse navigators work with our cancer care team and organizations within our community and participate in monthly cancer conferences.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our hospital provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our St. Pete community. 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.