About Tampa Bay Cancer Center in Tampa

Tampa Bay Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida is dedicated to providing the highest quality of cancer care to our patients through state-of-the-art treatment technologies and an expert team of nurses, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, physicists and physicians.

Tampa Bay Cancer Center has four convient locations in Tampa, Brandon, Sun City Center, and Zephyrhills to serve the enitre Tampa Bay area.


Tampa Physicians


Mario D. Lacerna M.D.

Dr. Mario D. Lacerna was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. As an undergraduate, he studied physics at Denison University and was elected to the Sigma Pi Sigma and Sigma Xi honorary societies. He attended medical school at Ohio State University where he became interested in oncology. He completed his internship and residency in Radiation Oncology at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and became a Chief Resident.

Upon completion of his training, he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at Albany Medical College, in Albany, New York. While there, he started a prostate brachytherapy program and performed numerous other brachytherapy procedures. In 2000 he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as a Clinical Assistant Professor. At the University of Michigan he was actively involved in the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy for multiple body sites including prostate cancer and head and neck cancers. He was also extensively involved in the use of concurrent chemotherapy with radiation therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for wound care.

Dr. Lacerna joined the staff of Tampa Bay Cancer Center in 2012. He is board certified in Radiation Oncology. He has given numerous scholarly presentations at national meetings and has published articles in several medical journals.

Dr. Lacerna enjoys the Florida warm weather and his hobbies include racing sports cars.

Tampa Treatment Options

Tampa Bay Cancer Center provides patients with some of the most advanced technologies available to treat cancer. Some of the treatments and technologies available at Tampa Bay Cancer Center include:

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – a sophisticated type of external beam radiotherapy which allows delivery of precisely targeted radiation beams to tumors, while sparing the surrounding healthy organs and tissues.

  • Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT) – a sophisticated set of computer assisted tomography scans (CT or CAT scans) and/or magnetic resonance imaging scans (MR or MRI scans) that create detailed, three-dimensional representations of tumors and surrounding organs for precise delivery of radiation beams to the exact size and shape of the tumor.

  • High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) – an innovative form of internal radiotherapy that places radioactive materials directly in contact with cancer tissues using catheters or wires, which are then removed when
    a curative dose has been delivered to the cancer. This comprehensive, aggressive approach to treatment ensures the maximum radiation dose is given where you need it most, while sparing the healthy surrounding tissue.

  • Prostate Seed Implants – rice-sized “seeds” of radioactive material that are placed into a cancerous prostate. Seeds can be left in place permanently, as they give off radiation for a specific period of time (weeks or months), and do not need to be removed once the radiation is gone. Due to their high success rate, prostate seed implants are an alternative to radical surgery, and are one of the most popular radiation procedures in the United States.

  • MammoSite® Radiation Therapy System – a highly targeted procedure performed after a lumpectomy that uses a catheter (or catheters) to insert a radiation seed directly into the breast for a few minutes, twice a day for five days. After each treatment, the seed is removed and no radiation remains in the breast between treatments.


Tampa Location and Contact

Tampa Bay Cancer Center - Tampa
2715 W. Virginia Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33607

Phone: (813) 870-0162
Fax: (813) 872-5604
Online: www.myfloridacancer.com/tampa-bay/

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