When it comes to cancer, seeking a second opinion is frequently recommended. Even your physician may consult with a colleague or specialist regarding your diagnosis and recommended course of treatment. One of the things you should ask your doctor is whether your cancer can be treated without going to the hospital. While most hospitals have excellent facilities, not all are equipped to provide state-of-the-art cancer care and treatment. More importantly, cancer patient care and treatment will not necessarily be their sole focus.
The Potential Problems with Getting Cancer Treatment at a Hospital
Depending on the size of the hospital, hundreds, if not thousands, of sick people go in and out of the facility each day. They carry germs and viruses that spread from patients to visitors, doctors, nurses, medical staff and so on. A cancer patient with weakened immunity due to treatment can be at increased risk of being infected by just one visit to the hospital.
We know this all too well due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has proven how a virus can quickly spread throughout a medical facility. To protect their citizens, governments and health agencies have warned people to only go to the hospital when absolutely necessary. Cancer patients with underlying conditions, like diabetes and severe chronic diseases in the lungs, heart, or kidneys, are considered high risk. Fortunately, when it comes to your cancer treatments, you have alternatives.
Standalone Cancer Centers in Tampa
The beauty of standalone facilities for cancer treatment is their singular focus that minimizes exposure to other conditions and germs from non-cancer patients. At TBRO, we offer state-of-the-art cancer care. Our team of Radiation Oncologists is board-certified and highly experienced.
We have the first free-standing facilities in the Tampa Bay area to offer IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy) and Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation with SAVI and Mammosite systems. Today, we have five convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, and we are home to CyberKnife Radiosurgery, a cancer treatment that is painless and requires no incision, no anesthesia, and no hospitalization.
More than a thousand men and women diagnosed with cancer each year turn to our trusted team of cancer specialists. We encourage you to call us at 850-610-3743, ask us a question, or consult with us to get a second opinion, so you too can experience the difference.