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Cancer care

Inpatient oncology unit

The Villages® Regional Hospital's 12-bed inpatient oncology unit has been specially designed to promote a comforting, healing atmosphere for our patients and to encourage family involvement. Medical oncology patients receive unique and specialized care delivered by a dedicated team of experienced oncology nurses who work closely with our oncology physicians.

In addition to our certified oncology specialists, patients in the inpatient oncology unit can access the services provided by:

  • Pain management specialists.
  • Social workers.
  • Oncology coordinators.
  • Spiritual care professionals.

Oncology coordinator

The Villages® Regional Hospital offers a dedicated oncology coordinator to provide assistance, support and education when it is needed most. They speak with patients regarding their diagnosis and treatment plans; assist them with making follow-up appointments after discharge; and go the extra mile to make sure our patients have everything they need so that they can focus on what really matters, the best possible cancer outcome.

Our oncology coordinator is available to speak with community groups about the prevention of cancer through screening. To request the services of an oncology coordinator, call 352.751.8877.

Accreditation

The Villages® Regional Hospital is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC).

There are only 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States. Accreditation encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of care through various cancer-related programs and activities. These programs are concerned with the full continuum of cancer—from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care—while addressing both survival and quality of life.

Patients who obtain care at a CoC-accredited cancer program receive the following benefits:

  • Quality cancer care.
  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available.
  • Access to cancer-related information and education.
  • Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress screening and navigation.
  • Options for genetic assessment and counseling and palliative care services.
  • Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.
  • Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

Award-winning cancer registry

The Villages® Regional Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Jean Byers Award for excellence in cancer registration from the Florida Cancer Data System every year since the inception of its cancer registry program in 2004. This award acknowledges the quality, timeliness and completeness in the way cancer data is reported to the statewide cancer registry.