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My Urologist urged me to consider seed implant therapy for my prostate cancer because in his experience it was the best chance for a cure. I had the simple procedure in 1998 and today my PSA remains undetectable.

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Every year 240,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer Facts, making it the most common cancer in the United States. With improvements in PSA screening and recent advances in non-surgical treatment, men can now be cured of this disease and still maintain an excellent quality of life. Our recent long-term studies have shown that at 10 years, more than 98% of men with early stage prostate cancer can be cured with a simple one-time out-patient prostate seed implant (brachytherapy), results far superior to proton beam radiation, robotic surgery, and other treatment modalities.

At the Florida Center for Prostate Care, you have access to a world-renowned team, expert in the treatment of all stages of prostate cancer, including recurrent cancer after proton beam radiation. Our physicians have treated 10,000 men with prostate cancer, and have performed more than 5,000 prostate seed implants, making us one of the world's premier centers. We have patented medical devices, been awarded national research grants, and published 200 papers in medical journals. Our new center offers Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), the most advanced technology for the most precise delivery of radiation therapy. Based on our experience, we have trained hundreds of doctors across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa on our treatment technique.

We are dedicated to providing you with state-of-the-art and compassionate care in a warm and friendly environment. Our experience will allow you to feel confident that you have obtained the best possible treatment anywhere in the world. Once we have met with you and personally provided you with a full explanation of all of your available prostate cancer treatment options and answers to frequently asked questions, you will then be able to best decide which treatment is right for you.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to speaking with you.

Our telephone number is 888-339-0588

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Florida Center for Prostate Care News 2015

Mitchell Terk, MD Selected as Castle Connolly's Top Doctors for 2015. LEARN MORE


Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award 2015 - Mitchell Terk, MD

Jamie Cesaretti, MD: Guest speaker at Inaugural Prostate Cancer Symposium. Saturday December 12, 2015 from 9am - 2pm at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected as Castle Connolly's Top Doctors for 2015. LEARN MORE


2015 Castle Connolly Top Doctor's Award - Jamie Cesaretti, MD

Mitchell Terk, MD Selected as one of Jacksonville Magazine's Top Doctors for 2015

Jacksonville Magazine Top Doctors 2015

Florida Center For Prostate Care News 2014

Mitchell Terk, MD Castle Connolly's Top Doctor Award 2014

Patient's Choice Award 2014

Mitchell Terk, MD Awarded Vitals' On Time Doctor's Award 2014

Patient's Choice Award 2014

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Awarded Vitals' Compassionate Doctor's Award 2014

Patient's Choice Award 2014

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Awarded Vitals' On Time Doctor's Award 2014

Patient's Choice Award 2014

Mitchell Terk, MD Awarded Vitals' Compassionate Doctor's Award 2014

Patient's Choice Award 2014

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Awarded Vitals' Patient's Choice Award 2014

Patient's Choice Award 2014

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected for Orlando Life Magazine's Top Doctors Award 2014

Doctors Vote for their Peers & Patients recommend from their experiences. Castle Connolley 2014

Orlando Life Magazine's Top Doctors Award 2014

Mitchell Terk, MD Selected For Vital's Top Ten Doctor's Award 2014

One of Florida's top ten radiation oncologist specialists awarded by patient's.


Mitchell Terk, MD - Top 10 Doctor's Award 2014

Mitchell Terk, MD Selected as one of Jacksonville Magazine's Top Doctors for 2014


Mitchell Terk, MD - Jacksonville Magazine's Top Dcotors 2014 Award

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected for Best Doctors® Award 2014


Jamie Cesaretti, MD - Best Dcotor 2014

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected for Orlando Style Magazine's Elite Doctors Award 2014

Doctors Vote for their Peers & Patients recommend from their experiences.

Orlando Style Magazine's Elite Doctors Award 2014

Jamie Cesaretti, MD is a guest speaker at the 2014 Annual Florida Radiological Society & FRBMA's Meeting July 11-13, 2014 Ritz Carlton Orlando, Florida. The talks are: State of the Art Prostate Brachytherapy and Advanced Radiation Technology for Prostate Cancer

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Mitchell Terk, MD Selected Jacksonville Magazine Top Doctor's Award 2013

Patient's Choice Award 2013

Mitchell Terk, MD Selected For Patients' Choice Award 2013

Of the nation's 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals, qualifying them for this honor in 2013.

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Patient's Choice Award 2013

Mitchell Terk, MD is awarded 2013 Top 10 Doctors Award

Top 10 Doctors are chosen by patients who visit Vitals in search of a new doctor, totaling 120 million people each year. Vitals visitors also leave ratings and reviews for their current doctors on various components of care: bedside manner, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff, and overall appointment experience.

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected for Best Doctors® Award 2013


Jamie Cesaretti, MD - Best Doctor Award 2013

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Men waiting for prostate cancer treatment find humor and camaraderie.

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Mitchell Terk, MD was a Course Director at the 4th annual International Prostate Cancer Conference held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City on April 13th, 2013

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD was a Course Director at the 4th annual International Prostate Cancer Conference held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City on April 13th, 2013

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected For Orlando Magazine's Best Doctor Award 2012

The physicians on Orlando magazine’s Best Doctors® and Top Doctors lists were chosen as among the finest in the area by their local peers.

The lists were excerpted from national surveys conducted by Best Doctors, Inc. (The Best Doctors in America®) and Consumers’ CHECKBOOK (Top Doctors). Both companies surveyed thousands of physicians, asking them one key question: To whom would you turn if you or a loved one needed medical care?

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD presented a session at the 17th annual Greystone.net 2013 Healthcare Internet Conference in New Orleans, LA. The session was titled "How Digital is Putting the Patient in the Driver's Seat"

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD was a guest speaker at the 2013 ABS Annual Meeting April 18-20, 2013 Hyatt Regency New Orleans LA.

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD was a guest speaker at this year's 2013 Prostate Cancer Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. The symposium is March 7 - 10, 2013.

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Florida Center For Prostate Care News 2012

Jamie Cesaretti, MD Selected For Orlando Magazine's Best Doctor Award 2012

The physicians on Orlando magazine's Best Doctors® and Top Doctors lists were chosen as among the finest in the area by their local peers. The lists were excerpted from national surveys conducted by Best Doctors, Inc. (The Best Doctors in America®) and Consumers? CHECKBOOK (Top Doctors). Both companies surveyed thousands of physicians, asking them one key question: To whom would you turn if you or a loved one needed medical care?

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD was a guest speaker at the 2012 Instituto de Educacao Medica Conference on June 29th & 30th in Campo Grande, Lisboa. The topic was Prostate Cancer (PCA) 2012, Advances in Visualizing and Diagnosing prostate Carcinoma.

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD was invited to speak at Health2.0's Spring Fling conference in Boston about his work with Vitals. The Spring Fling Conference will be held May 14 - 15, 2012.

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Jamie Cesaretti, M.D., Course Dirtector and speaker at the 2012 International Prostate Cancer Conference in Orlando Florida. The Conference was March 24, 2012. For more information click here

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Florida Center For Prostate Care News 2011

Jamie Cesaretti, MD was a featured program speaker at Biennial National Congress of the SA Society of Clinical & Radiation Oncology (SASCRO) & the SA Society of Medical Oncology (SASMO), 24 – 27 August 2011 at the Sun City Resort, South Africa.

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Jamie Cesaretti, MD was a featured program speaker at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas - December 3–4, 2011. The conference is titled "The Process of Quality Assurance in Prostate Brachytherapy." Dr. Cesaretti spoke on Treatment Planning for Pd-103 [Activity/volume and Nomograms].

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Florida Center For Prostate Care Patient Stories

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5 StarsNovember 14, 2015

Outstanding service from everyone! Thanks to each and everyone!

Darrell M

http://bestlocalreviews.com/review/317287

5 StarsOctober 19, 2015

The quality of care to me was supper, I thank you for catching the error in the number of seed's used. And as to the comfort, I had no pain through the hole procedure. Please give my many thanks to them all who had a part in this. May God bless you all. PS. If I can be of help to some one as to taking this seeding route, please give them my PH. 904-771-4893

Andrew K

http://bestlocalreviews.com/review/317287

5 StarsOctober 4, 2015

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer. My Urologist recommended Dr. Mitchell Terk and his oncology group for my treatment. From the very first day of treatment I experienced the excellent care and professionalism from each and every member of this group. The results have been far beyond my expectations, to say the least. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Terk and his entire staff. I urge anyone who develops cancer of the prostate to consider Terk Oncology as their primary source of treatment.

Louis Barnes Jacksonville, Florida

http://bestlocalreviews.com/review/299547

5 StarsSeptember 20, 2015

super nice staff, super nice people, gave me the best care, always friendly and explained anything they did, made me feel at ease , very concerned with my comfort. I highly recommend them!

Larry C

http://bestlocalreviews.com/review/299321

5 StarsSeptember 17, 2015

I was extremely pleased with the treatment I received at Terk Oncology. The doctors and staff were courteous and helpful for the duration of my treatment. They exceeded all my expectations of how a doctors office should perform. I have and will recommend this practice anyone.

Donald A

http://bestlocalreviews.com/review/298860

5 StarsSeptember 16, 2015

It was the best I have ever been treated at a doctor's office. The staff is so friendly and courteous. I would recommened them to anyone.

Tyrone D

http://bestlocalreviews.com/review/291002

5 StarsSeptember 3, 2015

The doctors and staff at Terk Oncology all exceeded my expectations. The doctors all took the time to explain what they were doing and answer every question I had and I had a lot of questions. The radiation technical staff that I saw daily for over 10 weeks were always patient and professional and even when I came in feeling bad and in a bad mood they remained warm and caring and that really helps to get you through the tough times.

Derward P

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WILLIAM MENDENHALL

William Mendenhall

I had the pleasure of being treated by Dr Terk and his staff at the Florida Center for Prostate Care in 2010.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and did a lot of research as to what the best treatment available was, and who the most experienced doctors were.

I looked into surgery, robotics, and Proton Beam Radiation at the University of Florida Shands Proton Center.

After doing a lot of research and speaking to lots of people, I decided to go with Dr. Terk and his team.

They have the best long-term published results and the nicest staff anywhere I have ever met.

I was treated like family and actually enjoyed seeing everyone.

I finished treatment without any significant side effects.

Almost 5 years later, I am cancer free and have had absolutely no long-term side effects.

I don't think you can find a nicer more caring and professional group of people anywhere in the world.

Thank you

William Mendenhall

JIM KEHLER

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Jim Kehler
Jim, Last Day of Radiation

My family doctor sent me to a urologist in December after an 8.3 PSA test. A digital exam revealed a tumor on one side of my prostate. In January, (age 62) a biopsy showed cancer in 10 of the 12 samples taken, with a Gleason score of 7. My urologist informed me of the choices for treatment, started me on hormone blocking therapy, told me what he thought was the best treatment plan, and referred me to Dr. Terk at Florida Center for Prostate Care. Dr. Terk’s recommendation was the same as that of my urologist; 2 months of hormone blocking therapy and then a seed implant, followed by a course of external IGRT radiation treatments because my cancer was advanced to the point where it was possibly out of the prostate. In early April, Dr. Terk implanted 72 seeds and 4 gold markers (for the IGRT) into my prostate. 2 months later I started 5 weeks of daily IGRT radiation treatments, which I finished in mid July.

Having been a computer field service engineer when I was working, I was amazed by the imaging technology and the implant procedure, and amazed by the technology and precision of the IGRT machine used for my external radiation treatments. I was even more amazed by the people at Florida Center for Prostate Care. Everyone treated me like family. There was always a nurse or care coordinator available if I called with a question or a concern during my treatment. My Mom wouldn’t have taken any better of care of me than the radiation technicians who gave me my IGRT treatments did. I was always greeted with a smile and treated with dignity and professionalism and they quickly became my support group. Dr. Vargas took care of me during my IGRT treatments, and he was always available to answer any and all questions or concerns that I had.

On September 21st my urologist gave me the results of my first PSA test after my treatments, a PSA of 0.01, virtually undetectable. When you put amazing technology together with amazing people, you get amazing results. I will be forever grateful to the people at F.R.O.G. for giving me my life back. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, please see Dr. Terk before you make any decisions about treatment.

MICHAEL ROBBIE

Michael Robbie

In January 2013 my urologist recommended a biopsy since my PSA was somewhat elevated. Since I had experienced a biopsy some ten years earlier I knew what to expect and it went quite smoothly. Unfortunately the results were positive and I had a Gleason score of 7.

After a negative bone scan to ensure that the cancer had not spread to any other organs, my doctor referred me to the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care for treatment. My initial appointment with Dr. Vargas was very encouraging. He took all the time necessary to explain in great detail the treatment options open to me in a very caring manner so I opted for Radiation Therapy.

The next step was to undergo an MRI and a CT scan which took about an hour and the only discomfort was the need to lie perfectly still. I was then ready for the first of my 45 daily radiation treatments. Each treatment takes only about 15 minutes and is completely painless. All one has to do is lie down on the linear accelerator and the therapist takes care of the rest.

In summation, I cannot emphasize enough how professional, understanding and caring everyone was day in and day out. I feel most fortunate to have this team on my side during my battle with prostate cancer.

GEORGE JOHNSTON

George Johnston

I have generally arrived early for my appointments and have enjoyed visiting with other patients while waiting. All I spoke with were impressed with the professionalism, courteousness, efficiency, and positive attitude of the staff. They have minimized any unpleasant ness of the treatment and done everything possible to make us feel comfortable and informed about our treatment schedule and to keep it moving quickly. I think the attitude of the staff contributes to positive outcomes. I have had almost no side effects from the treatment and am confident the treatment will be a success.

George Johnston - 12-13-2012

GENE SCHOLZ

Gene Scholz
Gene biking

I’ve known for over 10 years that my PSA score was “off the charts”. Over those years, In my researching, reading and receiving “the newest” prostate info from (nightly news) TV and reading articles on the internet I came to believed that prostate cancer was the slowest growing cancer, therefore I felt I was in little danger (being I am age 74). I changed my regular Doctor, and my new doctor strongly suggested that I have a biopsy done. My regular doctor suggested I visit an urologist, to check things out. The results from my biopsy showed that I had an aggressive prostate cancer. My Gleason score was #9 out a scale of #10. I was very fortunate that the cancer had not spread outside the prostate. Dr. Blasser referred me to the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care. To my knowledge it is the only center in the world that treats their patients using a customized MRI scan with laser guidance and radiation positioning. There are several cancer centers located around Jacksonville/Beaches/Orange Park etc. Being referred to this center I feel very lucky, for the level of compassion, the genuine caring, kindness and professionalism is AWESOME. The staff, from front of the office, to the very back of the office have been supporting and helpful to my wife and myself every step of the way. I was scheduled for 45 radiation treatment sessions. These sessions only take a few minutes each. The radiation therapy is entirely painless. I have little to no side effects. I have 14 treatments to go. The entire crew, the whole front office team, the back of the house radiation operators and the Doctors, all are almost unbelievable. I have been seen by two different Doctors. Their level of kindness and attention as well as understanding is very commendable. There are several employees working to assure everything goes as planned. Each and every one of the staff has the very best attitude I have ever experienced anywhere. Every employee that I have come in contact with is truly there for the right reason. I really feel privileged and blessed to be a patent there. Thanks to all of you; you sure make tough things a lot easier to deal with.

GEORGE BENNETT

When I first went to the see the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care, I was somewhat nervous as I was not sure what to expect. From the first visit, however, I was immediately at ease. The doctors and staff were informative and helpful about explaining exactly what would happen during the process.

Once the actual treatments began, I met the technicians who are great. They are always up. They are always interested in you. They make you totally comfortable, and I enjoyed our time together. Since the appointment is usually the same every day, you also have a cohort of other men that you see regularly. I liked this because it gives one a group of buddies with whom you share a bond that only those going through treatment can really understand. Actually, it's the contact with these guys and the technicians that make this experience (which no one really wants to go through) a positive one.

In the end, isn't that what counts? The people!

Thank you! You are the best!

GEORGE SCHNEIDER

George Schneider

Hello my name is George Schneider Senior. I was a patient with the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care. I wanted to pass along some information that might be helpful to new patients. The first thing I would like to mention is that there are no major side effects with treatment. There wasn't with me, and I don't know of anybody that had any. There also was no downtime in your life. I had nine weeks of treatment, five days a week, ten minutes a day and that's all you have to set aside in your life for this treatment. In the beginning, nine weeks seemed like forever, but by the end of treatment, looking back, it all went very quickly. There's nothing to fear about the treatment. The people are fantastic! They make you feel at home and part of their family, and you are. Any problems that you might encounter, if mentioned to any staff member, they will handle and straighten out for you immediately. The organization of these people is phenomenal. Their kindness is phenomenal. They are the nicest and most professional staff I've ever encountered anywhere. I just want to send my thanks once again to all the staff members.

Thank you,
GEORGE SCHNEIDER

GUY BUNKLEY

Guy Bunkley

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April of 2013. Of course as soon as you here the big C word you immediately think doom and gloom. I decide after the shock that I would do the radiation treatment after talking it over with my Urologist. He immediately set me up with an appointment with the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care.

I was brought in and they performed an MRI and CAT scan to set up the computer program for my treatments. Then it was about a week or so and I was called to start my treatments. The treatments went well. The only times that I did not have treatments were weekends, holidays and an occasional equipment problem (very rare). I saw the doctor once a week and if I was having any issues all I had to do was tell him what they were and he would always provide a prescription or advice on over the counter type medication to help with these particular situations.

The doctors provide wonderful feedback during the weekly session and they want to insure that your treatments are problem free. The technicians that perform the treatments daily are without a doubt the most professional and caring folks you could ever want to know. They make you comfortable from day one. I have to say that I felt a bit awkward when I first started, but within a few days I never felt that again. They put me completely at ease. I have to admit that I am glad I have completed the treatments but I can tell you that I will miss the folks that took care of me during this time and wish them the best.

JUSTO AVILES

Justo Aviles

My name is Justo Aviles; I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Philadelphia. I moved to Jacksonville in 1994 with my long time employer a metal sheet company and then retired in 2010. I am married and a father of five children.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. At that time I decided not to receive treatment. As time went on my symptoms were getting worse, I realized it was not going away. After I retired, I went back for a follow-up and I met with Dr. Carlos Vargas. Doctor Vargas took his time explaining treatments and what I should expect. He explained the road ahead of me and I decided to go on with treatment.

I started my radiation in March 2013. I could not be any more pleased with the outcome. Here at the Florida Center for Prostate Care, everyone was caring and understanding of my needs. Although the treatments seemed long, they were not painful. The patients and staff share all kinds of laughs and no sadness. Today I feel wonderful to have completed my treatment not just because it was needed, but because this place made my treatments easier.

I want to thank the staff for making this time in my life such a great experience!

LARRY KIRKMAN

Larry Kirkman

The doctors and staff at the Florida Center for Prostate Care made my journey through radiation treatment for prostate cancer a non-event. They really do care about their patients and that attitude is reflected in how they treat you each day.

Thanks to all of the great people at the center, I will soon be back hiking with my wife in the mountains of North Carolina and the Tetons in Wyoming.

BARRY BLANK

Barry Blank
Barry and his grandsons

At the age of 65, my Urologist diagnosed me with Gleason 8 prostate cancer. He referred me to Dr. Terk at the Florida Center for Prostate Care for evaluation. He reviewed in detail with me the pros and cons of the different available treatments. After discussing the various options, I ultimately decided to pursue radiation therapy, rather than surgery, in order to maintain the best possible quality of life. The explanation of the entire procedure was very clear to me. I underwent a few months of hormone treatment, followed by a prostate seed implant and 5 weeks of radiation treatments. The entire process was completed in the spring. The treatments did not at all interfere with my full time work schedule except for the short time needed each day for the daily radiation treatments. Since that time, my PSA has remained 0.10 ng/ml, and I’ve been feeling great ! All of the staff at the Florida Center for Prostate Care are very professional and friendly, and I highly recommend them.

DAVE BLISS

Dave Bliss
Dave Gardening

In January, following a much overdue routine physical , my PSA count came back elevated. This alerted my family doctor of a potential problem and he referred me to a Urologist. After a thorough examination and biopsies, I was diagnosed with Gleason score 5 prostate cancer. My Urologist immediately referred me to the Florida Center for Prostate Care to be further evaluated. On my very first visit he fully discussed the different options available taking ample time to answer the many questions I had. He also reviewed in detail the possible side effects of each. He sent me for a CT scan and an ultrasound of the prostate. With these results in hand we were able to determine the best procedure to undergo. Being a very active 66 year old person and gainfully employed with a heavy travel schedule I chose the prostate seed implant. This was done May 3rd and I was back to work on the 4th with a minimum of side effects. I’m looking forward to many more years of cancer free life and give thanks every day to God, my doctors, and their caring wonderful professional staff. They have given me a new lease on life and I highly recommend their service. 

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