Cleveland Clinic Florida Department of Oncology & Solid Tumors is dedicated to the comprehensive care of patients with cancer. As part of The Maroone Cancer Center, oncologists collaborate with of a variety of physicians across multiple specialties, including thoracic, urological, colorectal and breast surgeons, as well as hematologists and radiation oncologists. South Florida patients have benefited from our integrated approach medicine resulting in better treatment outcomes.
Our department specializes in breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and head and neck cancer, as well as brain and spinal cord tumors, ophthalmic oncology and palliative medicine. As an academic medical center, we manage clinical trials offering patients access to novel drug, immunologic, biological targeted therapies and gene therapies.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is uniquely designed to provide team care with multiple specialists all working together to provide patients with access to comprehensive and compassionate care. We provide support services for patients and their families to help them during the treatment and recovery process.
Florida Treatment Guides
- Cancer - Anus
- Cancer - Bile Duct
- Cancer - Bladder
- Cancer - Brain
- Cancer - Breast
- Cancer - Colon
- Cancer - Endometrium
- Cancer - Esophagus
- Cancer - Gallbladder
- Cancer - Head & Neck
- Cancer - Islet Cell
- Cancer - Kaposi's Sarcoma
- Cancer - Kidney
- Cancer - Liver
- Cancer - Lung
- Cancer - Mouth
- Cancer - Ovarian
- Cancer - Pancreas
- Cancer - Penis
- Cancer - Pleura
- Cancer - Prostate
- Cancer - Rectum
- Cancer - Sarcoma
- Cancer - Skin
- Cancer - Stomach
- Cancer - Testicular
- Cancer - Adrenal Glands
- Cancer - Thyroid
- Cancer- Treatment after Surgery
- Mesothelioma, Pleura,Malignant
- Mycosis Fungoides
Laparoscopic Robotic Prostatectomy
Florida Laparoscopic Procedures
Minimally invasive, robotic prostatectomy is a technically challenging operative procedure offered only at highly specialized centers. The procedure has changed how urologists treat prostate cancer. The robot permits the performance of the prostatectomy with precision greater than that possible with the human hand or eye alone. The procedure is performed laparoscopically through small incisions resulting in less patient discomfort, more rapid convalescence and functional recovery. Patients undergoing robotic prostatectomy had an average length of stay (ALOS) of 1.21 days while those undergoing conventional open prostatectomy had an ALOS of 3 days
Laparoscopic Hemicolectomy is a new surgical procedure that reduces recovery time and can give better outcomes than traditional colectomy. Compared with the open procedure, laparoscopically assisted colectomy results in smaller incisions, less postoperative pain, less postoperative narcotic use, slightly shorter hospital stays, and similar complication rates and oncologic outcomes.
Video Assisted Thorascopic Surgery (VATS)
Video-assisted lobectomy is less invasive than traditional thoracotomy. During VATS lobectomy, three 1-inch incisions and one 3- to 4-inch incision is made in the chest to provide access to the chest cavity without spreading the ribs. A thorascope (small video camera) and surgical instruments are inserted into the incisions. Images transmitted by the thorascope and projected onto a computer monitor guide the thoracic surgeon while performing the lobectomy. While the outcomes are comparable to traditional lobectomy, this technique reduces a patient’s hospital stay to about 3 to 4 days and the patient experiences a more rapid recovery with less pain. Cleveland Clinic is one of the few centers in the nation with significant experience in video-assisted thorascopic surgery.
South Florida Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery including breast DIEP flaps
Our plastic surgeons’ were the first in the world to incorporate laser technology in breast reconstruction. Cleveland Clinic is also well known for work in DIEP reconstruction where a person’s own tissue is used in breast reconstruction.
MOHs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment procedure for skin cancer available today. The procedure is performed by specially trained surgeons who have completed at least one additional year of fellowship training under the tutelage of a Mohs College member.
State of the Art Radiation Treatments
Radiation oncology services are provided in concert with Christopher Chen, MD. Our new developments in external beam radiation therapy include the use of the Varian Trilogy image-guided radiation therapy system. This machine allows for treatment to be delivered with real-time image guidance for the most accurate radiation delivery. This technology allows us to maximize doses to the target of interest and minimize the critical normal structures. It also allows for us to perform image-guided stereotactic CNS and body radiosurgery on previously radiated sites.
Interventional Bronchoscopy Service
Interventional Bronchosocpy is the only service of its kind offered in Broward County. The group is lead by Eduardo Oliveira, MD, one of the foremost experts in the field.
The following services are offered:
- Laser Bronchoscopy/ Tumor ablation
- Brachytherapy catheter placement
- Stent placement
- Thorcacoscopic evaluation of pleura for biopsy and pleurodesis
- Endo-Bronchial ultrasound needle biopsy for much improved yields in lymph node biopsies.
Diagnostic Imaging Services in Florida
- Digital mammogram, breast MRI, ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI guided biopsies)
- Double balloon small bowel enteroscopy
- Endoscopic Ultrasound, gastrointestinal and trachea-bronchial
- Enterostomal Therapy
Invasive Radiology Services
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Chemoembolization of liver tumors
- Genetic testing for hereditary breast, ovarian and colorectal cancer
- Comprehensive imaging including CT scan, MRI and PET/CT imaging
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Staffed by trained respiratory therapists, this comprehensive clinic provides multiple visits, support, medication and guidance to patients- under the supervision of a pulmonary physician.
State-of-the art techniques and latest medications are used to end nicotine addiction. The services are billed to insurance companies.
Psychotherapy and Acupuncture treatments are also available, some on a fee basis.
Florida Research & Clinical Trials
The cancer program at Cleveland Clinic in Florida is dedicated to bring patients the best cancer care available. Our program includes clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as Pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is part of a community-based cancer research program established by the NCI. The aim of the program is to provide cancer patients with access to NCI-sponsored cancer treatment trials and up-to-date cancer management. Through this comprehensive organized clinical trial mechanism we can bring the latest cancer prevention and treatment research findings to our community.
Our pharmaceutical sponsored studies as well as the NCI studies are chosen carefully in order to offer expanded treatment options to patients in our community and also to those who have not access to clinical trials in their communities.
Oncology Support Services In Florida
The Maroone Cancer Center is dedicated to offering patients the best cancer care available. Our priority is to provide multidisciplinary, integrated and comprehensive oncology services.
To facilitate patient and family adjustment to a cancer diagnosis, its treatment, and rehabilitation, the oncology social worker is available to provide support with a variety of issues including psychological, financial or emotional concerns. Based on your specific needs, your social worker will help identify appropriate resources.
Services in Florida are also available to assist people who are under insured, have prescription drug coverage concerns or patients with home health needs including but not limited to meals, nursing and medical equipment.
The Maroone Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups including a Breast Cancer Book Club, “Reel to Real” Blood Cancer Support Group, “Look Good Feel Better” and Prostate “Man to Man” Support Group. We will also be initiating a patient and family support group that allow people facing cancer and their families to share experiences and concerns with others facing the disease. The support groups also offer education about cancer, treatment options and alternative services such as yoga classes and networking opportunities.
The oncology social worker can serve as a link between you and the health care system, and the community. Our goal is to provide a variety of services to aide in the long-term adjustment to a cancer diagnosis.
Cara S. Kondaki, LCSW, ACSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Oncology
Cancer Support Groups
Cancer Program Statistical Reports