Oncology in Bradenton, Florida
The community oncology program at Blake Medical Center combines advanced diagnosis with comprehensive treatment. Our cancer program has remained a Commission on Cancer accredited program designated by the American College of Surgeons since 1988. This demonstrates our commitment to providing quality cancer care to patients in the Bradenton community.
To learn more about cancer care services at our hospital, please call askSARAH at (844) 482-4812.
Community oncology program
Our cancer program offers a range of treatment options and support services, including:
- Surgical oncology
- Inpatient chemotherapy
- Access to patient care nurse navigators
- Referrals to specialists, as needed
- Support groups for patients with cancer and cancer survivors
If you are a patient receiving cancer care in our hospital, know that you have the support of a team of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals at your disposal, including:
- Medical oncologists
- Specialty physicians in the following areas:
- Pulmonary care
- Radiation oncologists
Types of cancer we treat
We treat a wide range of cancers so patients in our community can receive cancer care close to home from oncologists in Bradenton. Types of cancer we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Skin cancer
- Urologic cancers
- Colorectal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
Breast cancer care
The Breast Care Center at our hospital is equipped with diagnostic imaging technology, including digital mammography and computer-assisted detection (CAD). If you receive a breast cancer diagnosis following your regular breast screening, the oncologists at our hospital are here to make sure you receive the treatment you need.
Treatment options for breast cancer vary depending on the stage of cancer and other individual circumstances, but may include chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Surgical options include lumpectomy and mastectomy.
Lung cancer screening
The Lung Care Center at Blake Medical Center is committed to protecting your lung health and detecting any abnormalities early, when lung cancer is most easily treated. Lung cancer is known to not show symptoms during its early stages, which is why lung cancer screening is vital to your healthcare plan, especially if you are a current or former smoker.
You may want to consider lung cancer screening if one or more of the following statements apply to you:
- You are between 55 and 77 years old
- You are a current or former smoker with a history of 30 or more "pack years" (pack years is a calculation of the number of packs per day you smoked multiplied by the number of years you smoked)
- You have never been previously diagnosed with lung cancer
- You have no prior history of cancer within the past five years, other than non-melanoma skin cancer
Smoking cessation class
If you are ready to quit tobacco, help is free and readily available to you at our hospital. We are proud to partner with Tobacco Free Florida through the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center to offer a smoking cessation class. The class includes free nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges. It is open for participation to users of all types of tobacco, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, hookah and e-cigarettes or other electronic vapor inhalation devices
A smoking cessation class takes place on the second Thursday of the month from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Blake Medical Center Board Room. You are able to attend one two-hour class. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
To register for a smoking cessation class, please call us at (866) 534-7909.
Cancer resources and education
In addition to our diagnostic, screening and treatment services, we also provide opportunities for education and resources for patients to receive the support they need during their cancer journey.
Genetic testing and counseling
We have healthcare specialists on-site who are dedicated to working with patients to identify their cancer risk. Patients with concerns about their personal and/or family history of cancer can receive a genetic risk assessment and counseling. We provide patients with personalized information about their genetic influences, specific cancer risks and targeted screening and prevention options.
Cancer care support group
Our hospital has partnered with Florida Home Health to offer patients with cancer and cancer survivors access to a cancer care support group. Friends, family and caregivers are also welcome to attend. The support group meets every month and each meeting hosts a speaker. The cancer care support group is free to attend, but we do ask that you call to reserve a spot.
To reserve your spot in the cancer care support group, please call the account executive at Florida Home Health at (941) 920-5084.
Caring Friends cancer support group
Additionally, our hospital offers its own weekly cancer support group called Caring Friends. Learn more about Caring Friends.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. 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.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.