The Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center houses a collaborative group of oncology specialists working to enhance the quality and breadth of services for cancer patients, their families and the community. Opened in Spring 2003, the cancer center is a state-of-the-art facility providing complete patient care -- from radiation therapy to chemotherapy, clinical research, education, support groups and cancer screening activities.
What does this mean to you and your family to have this resource available to you here in Lakeland:
- The Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center is an inter-disciplinary approach to provide the most thorough cancer diagnosis, treatment and on-going care currently available. Your treatment plan will be directed by an experienced oncologist who will be joined by a medical team that includes oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, dietitians and other medical professionals and support staff as appropriate.
- Innovative national clinical trials and research studies are available right here in our own community. The Cancer Center conducts many cancer research activities on-site and participates with the most promising aspects of cancer research.
- Immediate access to the most advanced cancer imaging and treatment technology includes: Position Emission Tomography (P.E.T.), helical ultra-speed CT scanners, computerized aided detection of breast cancer, 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which will improve cure rates while reducing side effects, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy which administers high intensity irradiation directly into a cancer target over a few minutes with high success, and Mammosite Therapy, a new radiation/surgical technique approved by the FDA, which can reduce the duration of post operative breast treatment from 7 weeks to just 5 days.
Our staff is here to provide you with the most up-to-date treatment options and quality, compassionate care. We know that receiving a diagnosis of cancer is frightening for patients and their families. We are here for you.