Thousands of Floridians Living With Cancer

Bonnie Cape was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She says coping with the news has been especially hard for her family.

"My sons, they're, I don't know how to put it. They're accepting it."

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, about 96,000 people in Florida will be diagnosed with some type of cancer.

"Cancer is just another illness. By having appropriate treatment with modern care, and individualizing the treatment planning in the approach to cancer, we can get people not only living longer, but much better."

The top four types of cancer in Florida are:

  • Prostate at less than 20,000
  • Female breast and lung cancer both estimated at more than 13,000
  • Less than 10,000 new cases of colon cancer

Dr. Rost says thyroid cancer is a very perplexing type. After going from doctor to doctor in her hometown in Pennsylvania, Cape says she's grateful to have found a new treatment in Tallahassee.

"I've had three TomoTherapy treatments, and there are no after effects, period. I feel great."

Dr. Rost says the most important thing when diagnosed with cancer is knowledge. Know what's going on, and know that there's always hope.