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Surgical Oncology

Standardizing OR notes facilitates communication across specialties

When it comes to quality initiatives, even the smallest standardization can result in an improvement in patient care. Standardizing operating room notes, for example, is one of the ways surgeons can increase ease of collaboration and leave less room for errors in reporting. “My service often collaborates with other departments,…

UF Health Cancer Center achieves National Cancer Institute designation

The University of Florida Health Cancer Center has received prestigious designation from the National Cancer Institute, or NCI, and joins the ranks of the country’s most distinguished cancer centers, becoming the 72nd in the United States and the only one in North Central Florida.

A life-saving attitude

In 1987, a doctor informed second-grade teacher Laurie Waldo that she had bone cancer. In 2006, she was told she had a malignant tumor in her right breast. In 2019, Waldo learned she had a chest wall recurrence of breast cancer following her mastectomy. That same year, she was told…

UF Health surgical oncologists perform first HIPEC procedure

In December, surgeons at UF Health performed their first cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat abdominal cancer in an adult patient. The surgery was successful, and the patient has been discharged and seen in clinic during the postoperative follow up. “I’m excited our adult patients with…