Cancer Care in Fort Walton Beach

The Cancer Care Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality oncology services to our patients.

We offer comprehensive cancer care, from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship. Our oncologists and medical staff are here to answer your questions and guide you through your cancer journey.

For questions about our cancer care program, please call our Cancer Hot Line at (850) 862-1110

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation

Commission on Cancer on the FACS site

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is certified as a Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Our cancer treatment center

The goal of our cancer doctors and multidisciplinary cancer care team is to improve the overall health of our community as it relates to cancer. We meet this goal by providing advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options.

The cancer care program exists to:

  • Assist individuals and the community with cancer screenings for early detection
  • Assist individuals, families and the community in dealing with a cancer diagnosis and its emotional effects
  • Educate community healthcare professionals
  • Focus on quality of life
  • Improve access to cancer care
  • Improve prevention and management of cancer in our community
  • Increase cancer wellness behaviors
  • Increase the knowledge of cancer and cancer care in the community
  • Promote cancer prevention

Cancer care team

Our oncology program is supported by a highly trained staff of healthcare professionals, including:

  • Case managers
  • Oncology patients navigators
  • Oncology support team nurse
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Specialty physicians

Oncology support team nurse

The oncology support team nurse is an integral member of the patient care team. This professional provides:

  • Advanced levels of clinical, interpersonal, leadership and supportive skills to lead the oncology support team in providing compassionate, quality patient care
  • Leadership and direction to the oncology support team and greater multidisciplinary team
  • Support and peace-of-mind to patients and their families

Oncology diagnostics

Diagnostic imaging is an essential tool in identifying and diagnosing cancer. Some imaging technologies we use to screen for and diagnose cancer include:

  • 3D mammography
  • 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanning
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT

If a cancer diagnosis is made, our doctors offer comprehensive care, including minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Lung cancer screening and imaging

At the Cancer Care Center, we know the importance of diagnosing lung cancer early, so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Screenings are essential, as patients with lung cancer may not be symptomatic in the early stages of cancer, when it is most treatable.

To aid in early detection of lung cancer, we offer dedicated lung screening and imaging services, including:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • CT lung screening
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • PET scanning

Certified cancer care

Our hospital's certification by the American College of Surgeons' (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) acknowledges our voluntary commitment to providing excellent cancer care. We do this by meeting all 36 standards required by the CoC's Approvals Program.

The CoC's Approvals Program sets quality care standards for cancer programs and reviews these programs to ensure standards are being met through a rigorous evaluation process. We maintain our certification by undergoing an on-site review every three years.

The CoC specifically recognizes our Cancer Care Center for excellence in complying with standards for:

  • Annual cancer-related improvements
  • Cancer registry staff education
  • Case abstraction
  • Monitoring guidelines
  • Outcomes analysis
  • Prevention and early detection activities
  • Quality of data submitted
  • Tumor staging

Our cancer care partners

UAB - UAB Cancer Care Network

Our hospital is proud to be a part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System Cancer Care Network. This is a network of hospitals across Alabama, Florida and Georgia that provides access to the latest discoveries in cancer research and delivers a high level of expert cancer treatment.

The UAB Health System Cancer Care Network is dedicated to working collaboratively with physicians, scientists and community hospitals. These relationships help us combine cancer research with clinical excellence.

Patients benefit from our affiliation with UAB through:

  • Consultations, screenings and information on the latest clinical trials
  • Efficient referral services for high acuity patients in need of specialized services at a comprehensive cancer center
  • Enhanced access to care prevention, early detection, education and screenings
  • Increased patient access to telemedicine consultations for genetic counseling and remote second opinions
  • Local physicians and UAB physicians working as a team to provide the highest level of quality care

Cancer support groups

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center hosts a variety of support groups. You will find information below about our cancer-related support groups.

Breast cancer support group

Bosom Buddies is a support group available to anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group is open to patients with a breast cancer diagnosis and breast cancer survivors.

This groups meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in our hospital's third-floor classroom, PCU-B.

For more information about Bosom Buddies, please call (850) 315-7889.

Cancer support group

Our hospital provides patients and their family and friends access to the cancer support group. This group is open to the public and offers a safe place for people to discuss their questions and fears following a cancer diagnosis.

This group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Cancer Care Center Resource Room on the fourth floor.

To learn more about this support group, please call (850) 315-7889.

Look Good Feel Better®

Look Good Feel Better® is a free program provided by the American Cancer Society and hosted at our hospital. Its goal is to help women dealing with hair loss and skin changes as a result from chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

We want women to look good and feel better about the skin and hair changes that may result from cancer treatment.

This program offers:

  • Assistance with cosmetics, skin care and head covering options
  • Free workshops led by trained, volunteer cosmetologists
  • Take-home makeup package

Advanced registration is required to attend a Look Good Feel Better® workshop. To register, please call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345. Workshops take place at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on the third floor in Classroom B.

Oral, head and neck cancer support group

We provide a group for patients with oral, head or neck cancer to support and encourage one another. This group is open to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family and friends.

This support group meets monthly. Times, locations and dates vary. To learn more, please call (850) 863-7580.

Prostate cancer support group

The Cancer Care Center hosts the Man-to-Man Education and Support Group. This group provides a common place for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to discuss treatment, side effects and more.

The group meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00pm in Classroom A on the third floor. To register to attend this support group, please call (850) 651-2326.