Our GOAL is to help you BEAT Cancer
Offering the Most Advanced and Latest Cancer Treatment in North Florida
We are proud to offer the latest technology to detect, pinpoint, and help you beat cancer. When battling cancer, you need every advantage you can get. At our cancer care center, you have access to the region's most advanced technology to help you beat and manage your diagnosis.
Capital Regional Medical Center and Capital Regional Cancer Center have teamed to provide you with an unprecedented level of care as a vital weapon in the battle against cancer. The strength ofour network of care lies in the expertise of our team and the arsenal of technology we have at our fingertips to develop an individualized treatment for every patient.
The strength of our network of care lies in the expertise of our team and the arsenal of technology we have at our fingertips to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
Types of Cancer Treated
As one of the most comprehensive cancer care programs in Tallahassee and North Florida, our hospital is proud to offer a wide range of services, treating a wide variety of cancers, including:
Our comprehensive breast care center offers the latest in technology for early detection and treatment of all stages of breast cancer.
In addition to high quality care, our patients receive treatment in a state-of-the-art facility. We offer a full range of screening and diagnostic services to our patients, in a peaceful and tranquil environment.
If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, our cancer center offers the latest treatments, including radiation therapy and TomoTherapy
With most cases of colorectal cancer, surgery may be required prior to receiving any therapy or additional treatment. Your physician may also recommend chemotherapy prior to other treatments, depending on your diagnosis.
Most patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer at our hospital or cancer center are treated using TomoTherapy.
At our hospital and cancer care facility, radiation therapy is often used to treat lung cancer if surgery is not required or if a patient cannnot tolerate surgery.
If you are diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer, you could have cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas or other parts of your gastrointestinal tract.
Radiation therapy is often used to treat gastrointestinal cancer as a precautionary measure to prevent the cancer from coming back.
Our hospital and cancer care facility often use radiation therapy to treat and manage certain types of gynecological cancers. This includes therapy for cervical cancer, uterine (endometrial) cancer, and vulvar cancers.
Radiation therapy is often prescribed after major or minor surgery to prevent the cancer from returning.
Other Cancers Treated
In addition to the cancers listed above, we also treat a variety of other cancers with various therapies, including:
- Head & Neck Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin Cancer
In addition to treating cancer, our center also offers clinical trials, radiation therapy and other advanced technology services.
Services & Amenities
Through our local and regional network of care, you will have access to the latest in care and comfort that includes:
- An experienced, trusted team of cancer treatment experts and board-certified physicians.
- State-of-the-art surgical technology, including the DaVinci Robotic System and BrainLAB Steriotactic surgery
- Advanced treatments, which includes the TomoTherapy system. This system combines intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with the accuracy of CT scanning - especially effective in the treatment of prostate cancer.
The quest for excellence is done to provide our patients the best opportunities for maintaining a high quality of life while they undergo cancer treatment. Our excellence in care is driven by our sense of accountability and responsibility to our patients. As one of the top cancer hospitals in North Florida, we are proud to be recognized for:
- Accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
- Accreditation by the American College of Radiology for our mammography program.
- Jean Byers Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration.
Annual Cancer Reports
As a courtesy to our patients, their family and friends, we always like to make our annual cancer committee reports available to the public.
- 2012 Cancer Committee Annual Report
- 2013 Cancer Committee Annual Report
- 2014 Cancer Committee Annual Report
- 2015 Cancer Committee Annual Report
- 2016 Cancer Committee Annual Report
Patrick Slevin loves a good challenge. In 1996, at the age of 27, he took on a political challenge and was elected mayor of Safety Harbor, Fl, the youngest GOP mayor in the nation at that time. His professional career has taken him to the offices of corporate leaders all over the nation to assist in strategizing solutions to the organizational challenges they face. He’s a motivational speaker, a team building trainer and communication expert. He’s also an athlete who has overcome some of the toughest challenges a body and mind can endure by participating in extreme events like the 2014 Peak’s Death Race.
But just a few months after the grueling Death Race, at the age of 45, he was given a diagnosis of prostate cancer, perhaps one of the biggest challenges of his life. During a routine exam the prior year, Mr. Slevin was told that his prostate was enlarged and a family history of the cancer meant his physician needed to keep a close eye on any changes. By October of 2014, a PSA test revealed an elevated level of prostate-specific antigens in his blood, and a biopsy two weeks later was positive. The cancer was throughout his prostate and his urologist told him treatment needed to start right away.
“He wanted me to start treatment immediately and said if I didn’t, the cancer would kill me,” recalls Mr. Slevin. “But I’d been in training for the OCR (Obstacle Course Race) World Championship, which was just three weeks away and was more annoyed than anything that I might not be able to participate.” On his way home from the appointment that day, Mr. Slevin says he felt fortified by his faith and life philosophy. Ultimately, he felt more determined than ever and knew he would take on this new challenge with the same commitment and focus he’d used to meet all of his previous endurance tests in life.
Mr. Slevin started his cancer therapy at the Capital Regional Cancer Center just before Thanksgiving 2014. It began with a hormone treatment aimed at blocking testosterone (which literally feeds prostate cancer cells) followed by 45 intensive radiation treatments that would push him to train even harder for what would be his toughest endurance race ever. “There’s a lot of fatigue that comes with treatment,” said Mr. Slevin. “But I kept working out daily and began eating healthier, cutting out red meat and pork. I knew the hormone blocker could cause me to lose lean muscle and gain body fat, particularly in the belly. I was able to minimize my weight gain and keep most of my muscle.” Mr. Slevin finished his treatment on February 2nd and on the 15th of that month, participated in a 50-mile marathon in Destin.
Mr. Slevin’s positive outlook and commitment to keeping his body as healthy as possible during the treatments was an inspiration to others at the Cancer Center. He’d show up for his appointment in workout clothes so he could hit the gym following his radiation. He inspired patients and staff simply through his attitude. While he was fighting his own battle, he made a point of talking with his fellow patients at the Center to support their journey as well. But to the rest of the world, Mr. Slevin kept his cancer diagnosis a secret. “I only told maybe ten people that I had cancer,” he said. “I didn’t want the drama. But later, after my final treatment, I had an epiphany – I realized I was doing a disservice to others with this diagnosis. God blessed me with prostate cancer and part of the blessing is helping others through their experience.”
Mr. Slevin is grateful to the staff at the Capital Regional Cancer Center. “The Center has three qualities that affirm my belief this is a center that is good for patients,” said Mr. Slevin. “Competency, compassion and the character of the people who work there are the foundation of the treatment offered to patients.” Now he’s working with them to use his experience and communication skills to help others through a new program called “Guy Talk.”
“Guy Talk” is a support group just for men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis. The first meeting was held on August 20th at Capital Regional Cancer Center. “I discussed the idea of Guy Talk with Dr. Tim Bolek, my radiation oncologist and Medical Director of the Center. He liked it and we hope it will be well received and become a monthly meeting.” Mr. Slevin points out that the meeting is ‘just for guys,’ so participants feel more comfortable talking about their own personal issues associated with prostate cancer. “Cancer is a horrible thing,” says Patrick. “But there are a lot of things we survive in life. I consider myself a life survivor, not a cancer survivor. Hopefully Guy Talk will help other men with their journey of survival as well.”
For more information about Guy Talk, contact Mr. Slevin at email@example.com.