Oncologists in Brooksville, Florida

From diagnosis to rehabilitative care, the certified oncologists and cancer specialists at Oak Hill Hospital provide a full continuum of cancer care. We are committed to delivering personalized, patient-centered cancer treatments and support services along your path to survivorship.

For more information about our cancer care services, please call us at (352) 597-6333.

Our multidisciplinary cancer care team consists of oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and anesthesiologists. This team works with you and your family to create a cancer treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Cancer nurse navigator program

In addition to the expertise of our extensive cancer care team, we prioritize a warm and compassionate approach to caring for patients with cancer.

Oak Hill Hospital’s board-certified nurse navigator will guide you through each step of your cancer care process.

Our nurse navigator is trained to work with you to help solve problems and overcome barriers that might keep you from getting the care you need. The nurse navigator is able to do this by:

  • Helping you facilitate and streamline communication with your providers
  • Anticipating and addressing obstacles
  • Directing you to appropriate healthcare services for timely diagnosis and treatment
  • Connecting you with financial resources, community resources, support and healthcare education
To contact our nurse navigator, please call (352) 597-6130.

Cancer services

We offer the following cancer services and treatments:

  • Cancer education
  • Cancer registry
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Discharge planning
  • Hospice care
  • Nutritional support
  • Pain management
  • Religious support
  • Social services
  • Support groups
  • Surgery

Nationally accredited cancer care program

Our oncology program at Oak Hill Hospital has been approved by the American College of Surgeons' (ACOS) Commission on Cancer. Only 1 in 4 cancer programs are accredited by the ACOS. This accreditation is reserved for facilities committed to providing "comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary, patient-centered care."

Receiving care at an COC-approved program means you can take advantage of various benefits, which include:

  • Quality cancer care close to home
  • Comprehensive oncology program offering a range of services
  • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available
  • Information about cancer, clinical trials, education and support
  • Lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry that collects data on types and stages of cancer
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of cancer care

Cancer registry program

To improve the quality of cancer detection and care, Oak Hill Hospital's Cancer Institute participates in a statewide cancer registry program. This cancer registry is required by state law. We use it to track causes, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and certain blood disorders.

We send information about each new patient diagnosed with cancer to the Florida Cancer Data System. There, it is combined with data from all other Florida cancer patients and studied to find ways to improve cancer care.

Cancer screenings

Our American College of Radiology-accredited diagnostic imaging services allow us to detect cancer in its earliest stages. When cancer is detected early, treatment can be given sooner. This often results in higher survival rates, which is why routine cancer screenings are so important.

Breast cancer screening

At our Women's Imaging Center, we provide breast cancer screening services to diagnose and detect breast abnormalities or cancerous tissue.

Our center has been accredited by the American College of Radiology as the first and only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Hernando County,

Lung cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 15 Americans will develop lung cancer in their lifetime.

However, with the earliest detection, the five-year survival rate is 92 percent. A low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening is an effective way to detect lung cancer early.

Lung cancer high-risk factors

"Heavy smoking" means a smoking history of 30-pack years or more. A "pack year" is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. For example, a person could have a 30-pack-year history by smoking one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.

You could be at high risk of developing lung cancer if you meet one or more of the following:

  • Current or former smoker between 55 to 80 years old
  • Have a smoking history of at least a 30-pack year
  • Are 55 years old or older with at least a 20-pack-year history or secondhand smoke exposure
  • Have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Have pulmonary fibrosis
  • Have been exposed to chemicals, asbestos, radon silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, coal smoke or soot

Paying for lung cancer screenings

Our lung cancer screenings are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Please contact your insurance provider to verify coverage under your specific plan.

If you do not have insurance coverage for these screenings, you can still receive a screening at a self-pay rate of $150.

To schedule your free pre-screen assessment for a lung screening, please call our nurse navigator at (352) 597-6130. If you meet the criteria, the navigator will assist you in notifying your physician, obtaining an order for the exam and scheduling your appointment.

Cancer rehabilitation

After cancer treatment, your care continues with our personalized physical therapy and rehabilitation programs. Our licensed physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists help you every step of the way during your recovery. Depending on your specific needs, they will develop a customized plan to help you regain your abilities, strength and independence.

Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema is the abnormal buildup of protein and fluid that causes tissue swelling, primarily in the arms and legs. It is typically caused by damage to the lymphatic system. This damage can be the result of cancer treatment, including lymph node removal and/or radiation therapy.

Our certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) works with you to plan your care after discharge in an inpatient setting. In an outpatient setting, our CLT provides a plan for comprehensive lymphedema management, including complete decongestive therapy—a gentle, non-invasive and effective lymphedema treatment.

Local cancer care resources

We know the importance of support throughout your cancer journey. We connect you with support groups and resources to educate and empower you on the path to recovery.

Breast cancer support group

In this support group, newly diagnosed patients and breast cancer survivors share, empower and inspire one another.

The "Afternoon Tea with the Ladies" support group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30pm.>

To register for our breast cancer support group, please call (352) 597-6130.

Tobacco cessation classes

One of the leading causes of cancer is smoking. Free tobacco cessation classes are available monthly at Oak Hill Hospital and throughout the community. To learn more, call (352) 597-6333.