Cancer

The UF Health Cancer Center offers a comprehensive care model, with 12 multidisciplinary cancer programs featuring advanced treatment options, such as chemotherapy, minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and radiotherapy, as well as participation in clinical trials. Our UF Health cancer experts work to ensure coordinated care is available to each patient through diagnosis, treatment and recovery across our outpatient practices and inpatient settings. The UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital is a dedicated 500,000-square-foot facility offering advanced resources for a wide range of oncology, surgery, critical care, emergency and trauma patients. The cancer hospital serves adult inpatients for a wide variety of cancer diagnoses from all over the state, and includes a robust bone marrow transplantation unit.

As an academic health center, our clinician scientists participate in research that has a direct impact on improved patient outcomes and access to the very latest cancer-killing technologies and drugs.

  • The UF Health Cancer Center is the only state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence in North Central Florida. 
  • The patient outcomes of the UF Health Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program are ranked among the top 2.5% nationwide. 
  • The UF Health Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is the first in the state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy using INTRABEAM®. 
  • In 2017, the UF Health Cancer Center joined the National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trial Network — an exclusive national network that will give UF Health cancer patients access to leading-edge clinical trials. 
  • The UF Health Cancer Center is one of 12 initial clinical trial sites participating in Precision Promise, the first large-scale precision medicine trial designed to transform outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer. 

After a motorcycle wreck in 2008, I was comatose for months with severe injuries. I was told that I probably would never walk again and that my brain injury meant that I wouldn’t have a normal job as I lacked the higher functions. My life was shattered.

After 37 surgeries and a year in physical rehab, I went home in a wheelchair. When I had recovered enough, I made a trip back to the UF Health Shands Hospital ICU to thank the health care staff for taking care of me. I was greeted with many smiles and hugs. I told the staff that one day I would work here and help people as I had been helped. I wanted to pay it forward. I had no idea how or what I would do, but I would make it happen.

I was hired in July and now I’m finishing my orientation as a registered respiratory therapist. It has been a dream since my accident to be a part of this wonderful, top-notch facility. It is an honor to be able to help people as I have been helped. 

Scott Dykes, R.R.T.
Respiratory Therapist, UF Health Shands Hospital Respiratory Care