Radiation Oncology Clinic
Description of Unit
The Department of Radiation Oncology is located on the 1st floor of the Davis Cancer Pavilion which is part of the UF Health Medical Plaza facility. Radiation Oncology provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with cancer. Radiation Oncology staff work in collaboration with several other cancer services to provide multidisciplinary care to patients. The Radiation Oncology Clinic utilizes 15 exam rooms for provision of consultations, post-treatment follow-up clinic visits, and on-treatment patient clinic visits. The department includes a CT simulator, 1 orthovoltage treatment unit, 1 high dose remote afterloading treatment unit, and 4 linear accelerators in the Medical Plaza facility, and 1 linear accelerator in a hospital facility located on the ground floor of the UF Health Shands Hospital north tower. Routine clinic and treatment services are provided Monday through Friday, and emergency services are provided seven days per week.
Description of Patient Populations
Typically, patients with a diagnosis of cancer are referred to Radiation Oncology for evaluation and treatment by primary care physicians or other oncology services. Self referrals are also accepted. Most frequent tumor groups treated: Head & Neck; GU; GI; Lung; Breast; GYN; Brain; Pelvis; Lymphoma; Sarcoma; TBI; Mets. Age of patients served: toddlers; pre-schoolers; school-age; adolescents; adults; geriatrics. Stereotactic radiosurgery candidates are evaluated in the Neurosurgery Clinic and referred to Radiation Oncology for treatment. These patients may have malignant or non-malignant brain lesions.
Nursing care is focused on patient assessment, patient education for treatment and post-treatment discharge, and for evaluation and care during treatment. The nursing staff are also involved with special procedures including high-dose remote afterloading procedures, radioelement infusions, and stereotactic radiosurgery. Multidisciplinary, comprehensive care of patients and families is provided by medicine, nursing, social work services, rehab services, food & nutrition, pharmacy and other healthcare providers as indicated by the patient’s health status and identified needs.
Nursing management for the clinic includes one Manager, Clinical Operations (RN), two Registered Nurses, two Licensed Practical Nurses, and one Nursing Assistant. Nursing staff is provided training experiences to attain and maintain competence as defined by the department/role-specific job descriptions and departmental education plan.