Cancer Support Services
At the Lynn Cancer Institute, cancer support services are an integral part
of the overall cancer treatment for our patients and those in the community
facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our cancer support services help
to provide patients and families with their comprehensive needs while
receiving care for an oncology related diagnosis. The cancer support services
offered at the Lynn Cancer Institute are designed to support patients
with the various physical, psychosocial, nutritional, financial and myriad
of other needs that may arise as a result of their cancer diagnosis and
The Lynn Cancer Institute is proud to offer one of the most expansive and
comprehensive support services programs within the state of Florida with
over nine site specific cancer support groups, as well as wide variety
of wellness programs. Additionally, the Lynn Cancer Institute offers psychosocial
services, oncology rehabilitation services, nutrition, genetics financial
counseling, monthly community lectures and the CINDY program.
The psychosocial team is comprised of oncology-dedicated master’s
level social workers. These specialized counselors have many years of
expertise in assisting the patient and their families on coping and managing
the often complex social and psychological issues that arise from the
diagnosis and treatment. The team also serves as the liaison connecting
the patient and their families to the different resources and agencies
available to assist them through their journey.
A vital module of our program is nutrition. Our clinical dietician specializes
in oncology and is a member of our multidisciplinary team. The dietician
attends the multidisciplinary oncology conferences and is available for
one-on-one consultations at any point throughout the treatment process.
Patients with head and neck cancer commonly have problems with speech,
voice and/or swallowing (dysphagia). Dysphagia may have a gradual onset
with subtle changes in diet or swallowing and be undiagnosed. However,
even a mild change in speech, voice or swallowing can significantly affect
a person's quality of life and/or health.
Our speech pathologists participate in the multimodality oncology conference
to assist the physicians in treatment planning and determine the need
for further evaluation and treatment by this discipline. Our highly skilled
therapists are trained in the latest evaluation and treatment techniques
in order to provide the best care and outcomes for our patients.
The Department of Pathology has experienced and sub-specialty trained pathologists
who are intimately involved in the MMC, providing patients with timely
and accurate diagnoses. Our anatomic pathology and cytology laboratories
process over 18,000 specimens a year, using state-of-the-art image analysis
and immunohistochemistry. Our pathologists are available for immediate
consultation during surgery, and at every MMC oncology conference. They
will review pathology slides from other institutions either in advance
or at the MMC oncology conference to provide a second opinion, thereby
assuring an accurate diagnosis prior to treatment.
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
Our multimodality head and neck conference works closely with otolaryngologists
- head and neck surgeons trained in some of the latest techniques in head
and neck surgery. They employ methods and protocols derived from training
in some of the best-known academic medical centers. From three dimensional
image guided surgery to cutting edge trials, our surgeons are on the forefront
in the latest technology in an ever-changing field. Close cooperation
between our surgical oncologists and our medical and radiation oncologists
has been our standard for years, and continues to provide patients the
best in quality care.
The head and neck radiation oncologists at LCI have extensive experience
in treating head and neck cancer both primarily and post-operatively.
Having trained at some of the country's finest head and neck cancer centers,
they continue to maintain ties with the leaders in the field. Innovative
studies advancing curative treatments and testing symptom management strategies
are aggressively pursued and implemented in the clinic as they become
available. Head and neck cancer therapies can be fraught with side effects,
but the caring physicians and staff at LCI work closely with patients
to use their experience and expertise to minimize symptoms.
The Lynn Cancer Institute multimodality oncologists have sub-specialized
in head and neck cancer treatment and prevention for many years. They
participate in new clinical trials offering the patients in our community
all of the significant treatment advances from the past decade including
advanced treatment strategies designed to maintain quality of life and
organ function, as well as access to the most promising diagnostic procedures
and drugs in the field.
An experienced team of radiologists plays an interactive role in the diagnosis,
staging and treatment of head and neck cancer. Utilizing state-of-the-art
imaging including CT, MRI, and PET/CT scanning, radiologists provide important
diagnostic information for the multimodality team to diagnosis and treat
head and neck cancer. Interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive
procedures such as image-guided biopsies to aid in the diagnosis, as well
as port-a-catheter placement for chemotherapy and gastrostomy tube placement
for nutritional supplement when needed.