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Blood Cancer Expertise You Can Trust

When you're facing a blood disease diagnosis, put your faith in us. Because for every test, appointment, and treatment, our team of internationally renowned experts is here. We help you weigh the options and understand our approach so you can make the most informed decision possible. Our Blood and Marrow Transplant Program performs over 120 different transplants annually. Trust that you're in good hands with a team that's with you through it all.

Understanding HPV and the Link to Cancer

HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses, some of which are spread through vaginal, anal, oral sex and other intimate forms of skin-to-skin contact.
HPV types fall into two groups, low risk and high risk. Low-risk HPVs mostly cause no disease. However, a few low-risk HPV types can cause warts on or around the genitals, anus, mouth, or throat. These are the infections that your immune system usually controls so they don’t cause cancer. 
High-risk HPV infections that persist can cause cancer. Sometimes HPV infections are not successfully controlled by your immune system. When a high-risk HPV infection persists for many years, it can lead to cell changes that, if untreated, may get worse over time and become cancer.
 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, about 44,000 new cases of cancer are found in parts of the body where HPV is often found. HPV causes about 34,800 of these cancers. Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV. The CDC recommends HPV vaccination to protect against these cancers.

The HPV vaccine series is recommended for girls and boys at the age of 11 or 12; the series can be started at age nine. For young people who didn’t get vaccinated on time, HPV vaccination is recommended up to age 26.

Yes, the vaccine can be given to adults between the ages of 27 and 45 who didn’t receive all vaccine doses earlier. Adults in this age group benefit less from the vaccine because they are more likely to have been exposed to HPV already. But if you are concerned that you are at risk for new HPV infections, you should talk with your health care provider about whether the vaccine may be right for you.

  • Cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women
  • Penile cancer in men
  • Anal cancer in both men and women
  • Oropharynx, or back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils cancer in both men and women
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Personalized Cancer Care That’s Nationally Recognized

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                        Nationally Accredited

Nationally Accredited

We work relentlessly to treat you and your family with the highest standard in care. It’s why we’re proud to share that we’re accredited by both the National Marrow Donor Program and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

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                        More Joyful Outcomes. Higher Hopes.

More Joyful Outcomes. Higher Hopes.

Your health and recovery are our top priorities. And putting your recovery first has helped our Blood and Marrow Transplant program have some of the highest one-year survival rates in the state.

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                        Renowned Transplant Team

Renowned Transplant Team

After performing more than 120 blood and marrow transplants annually, our team has each essential step down to a science, from performing your personalized pre-transplantation evaluation to providing the highest level of compassionate post-transplant care.

Understanding Your Treatment Options

Stem Cell Transplants

Blood and marrow stem cell transplants are one of the most effective ways to successfully treat many blood cancers. As Central Florida’s first and only comprehensive Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, we ensure that your health is in the hands of world-class oncologists who perform more than 120 different bone marrow transplants every year.

Options for Stem Cell Transplants

Before recommending a stem cell transplant, your oncology care team will guide you through a series of baseline testing to make sure a stem cell transplant is the best course of treatment for you. Depending on your diagnosis and test results, your team will collaborate to develop a personalized treatment plan.

We typically take one of two paths when it comes to treating blood-related cancers:

  • Allogeneic bone marrow transplants use bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells donated from genetically matched members of your family, typically your brother or sister or a donor located through national registries.

  • Autologous bone marrow transplants use peripheral blood stem cells harvested from you while you are in remission. These are frozen and utilized at a later time to treat your cancer with your own cells.

Your oncology care team can help answer any questions you may have about bone marrow or stem cell bone marrow transplantation.

Chemotherapy Treatment: What to Expect

Nothing matters more to us than getting you well, and getting you home. Depending on what type of blood cancer you have and how advanced it is, chemotherapy may play an essential role in successfully treating the disease. From the moment you arrive for your chemo treatment, one of our nurses will be there to greet you and guide you, keeping you and your loved one informed, comfortable, and in good spirits throughout your visit.

How Does Chemotherapy Work?

Using a combination of specialized drugs, chemotherapy has the power to destroy or slow down the growth of fast-growing cancer cells by finding and shrinking them in every part of your body. It can be administered intravenously, by injection, orally, or delivered directly into a specific part of your body.

At AdventHealth Cancer Institute, our oncology experts take an individualized approach to your chemotherapy treatment. Depending on your type of cancer, we’ll determine which drug or combination of drugs offers the most promise for you. Chemotherapy may be the only treatment you receive, or, more commonly, it’s used in combination with a bone marrow transplant.

Along the way, we're here to help however we can, answering any questions and helping you stay strong and optimistic before, during, and after your treatment.

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) Therapy

CAR-T is an immunotherapy that enlists and strengthens the power of a patient's immune system to attack cancer cells. As its name implies, the backbone of CAR-T cell therapy is T cells, which are often called the workhorses of the immune system because of their critical role in orchestrating the immune response and killing cells infected by pathogens.

The therapy requires drawing blood from patients and separating out the T cells. Next, using a disarmed virus, the T cells are genetically engineered to produce receptors on their surface called chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). The final step is the infusion of the CAR-T cells into the patient (which is preceded by a "lymphodepleting" chemotherapy regimen). If all goes as planned, the engineered cells further multiply in the patient's body and, with guidance from their engineered receptor, recognize and kill cancer cells that harbor the antigen on their surfaces.

Life After Cancer Treatment

Getting back to feeling whole and healthy means making room in your life for plenty of guidance, love, and support from your family, from your friends, and from us. We’re here to help guide you and educate you, with personalized recovery programs geared toward boosting transplant outcomes. We’re here to remind you that exercise plays a key role in stabilizing your blood values, and that your transplant will be more effective in the long run when you maintain your strength through resistance training. Because the goal isn’t just rehabilitation — it’s living long, healthy, and strong.

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Our Specialists Specialize In You

Steven Goldstein, MD
Hematology Oncologist
Shahram Mori, MD, PhD
Hematology Oncologist
Rushang Patel, MD, PhD
Hematology Oncologist
Juan Carlos Varela, MD, PhD
Hematology Oncologist
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Where To Find Us

Top cancer specialists. Life-saving treatments. Emerging innovations. Find the comprehensive cancer care you’re looking for across all seven Central Florida locations.

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Explore Patient Resources

You'll feel even stronger when you're surrounded by a loving support system. From our pampering Eden Spa, which provides relaxation services and wig fittings, to our in-depth CancerHelp Online Library and financial assistance tools, we’re here with the practical, emotional, and spiritual guidance you need.

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Become a Donor. Save a Life.

Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Your selfless bone marrow donations make a huge difference in the lives of people and their families. With your help, our Blood and Marrow Transplant Program can perform more life-saving transplants and help heal bodies, minds, and spirits. Give marrow, find a purpose, and save a life.

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Embrace Your Full Network of Cancer Care

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Clinical Trials

We believe in making the impossible possible and finding better ways to treat blood diseases more effectively. As one of the country’s most active participants in clinical trials, we never stop working to bring you more treatment options for blood cancers.

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Get A Second Opinion

It's always a good idea to get a second opinion. Our second-opinion experts can help bring clarity and certainty to you and your family.

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Cancer Support Groups

When you’re facing blood cancer, it helps to have a strong support system surrounding you. Connect with patients, survivors, and a compassionate staff who truly understand your concerns.

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News & Events

News at AdventHealth Cancer Institute

New studies. New research. New technology and more. We’ll keep you informed of innovative treatments, advanced techniques, and the latest offerings at AdventHealth Cancer Institute.

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Events at AdventHealth Cancer Institute

Find healing, find community, and stay in the know. With a wide variety of events year-round, we’ll help you connect with other patients, caregivers, support groups, as well as our compassionate care team.

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