At Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Cancer Care of Palm Beach, our experienced team is continuously working at the forefront of research and technology to bring patients new and innovative research capabilities, treatment methods, and access to clinical trials.

Not all cancer treatment centers are the same. Whether you are the patient or their loved one, it is important to identify a program that is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. That is our goal every day.

Cancer treatment can be stressful, so we try to make it easier by providing a centralized approach. From diagnosis through treatment, rehabilitation and follow-up, all of your cancer care can be provided under one roof. Our in-house resources include:

  • Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Genetic counseling available
  • Nurse Navigator
  • Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychosocial and Nutritional Support Services
  • Radiation Oncology Services
  • Treatment-related Lab Work

The experienced team of oncology physicians on staff at Cancer Care of Palm Beach have dedicated their careers to the treatment of cancer. Their training and experience are broad and diverse, allowing you to be treated by professionals who specialize in the particular type of cancer you have. We are also proud to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer for meeting or exceeding the 36 standards of cancer care.

Our patients can take comfort in knowing that our patient navigator will provide the comfort and support they need, and will guide them every step of the way from post-diagnosis to treatment and recovery.

To find a doctor or arrange for a second-opinion consultation, call 561-650-6023 or visit To learn more about Cancer Care of Palm Beach at Good Samaritan Medical Center, call the general oncology nurse navigator at 561-650-6038.


To me, it is not only what I've learned - not only nursing skills - but I would say life skills.

- Joel Zapata, Oncology Nurse

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Joel's Story: Oncology Nurse

by System on Jun 6, 2019, 21:43 PM

Nurse that heals with a smile and a laugh

Joel Zapata, registered nurse, Good Samaritan Medical Center

Nurse Joel OncologyJoel Zapata was born to be a nurse.

"To me, it is not only what I've learned - not only nursing skills - but I would say life skills," Joel says. "These are things that kind of made me stronger as a person."

For one, he comes from a family of nurses. His mother, aunt and several of his cousins are nurses.

Born and raised in a small town in Puerto Rico, Joel received his degree in nursing. Not long afterward, he jumped at the chance to practice his trade in Connecticut at a veteran’s hospital.

"Then when I moved to Florida, I worked on the oncology floor, which kind of turned me around completely," Joel says. "It was like a different environment, different population, and I kind of saw the purpose of what they were doing."

A year ago, Joel transferred from the oncology department to medical Intensive Care Unit. He is proud of his work at oncology and remembers how it helped him grow as a nurse and a person.

"I think that when I started working in oncology it grounded me because I saw so many different ways of how people struggle through life," he says.

Making an impact

Joel is often called by his co-workers the Patch Adams of nursing, referring to the physician and activist made famous by using humor and positivity in an effort to lift the spirits of unhappy patients.

He has earned a reputation for goofing around with patients, always trying to add that extra touch and inspire them with confidence in their treatment. For his positive attitude and hard work, he was named Good Samaritan's 2013 Oncology Nurse of the Year.

While Joel will go out of his way to entertain and cheer up his patients, he also understands there's a necessary toughness in treating people.

What Joel likes most about working at Good Samaritan as a nurse for the last decade is the mystery of what tomorrow will bring.

"Even though it is the same environment every single patient is different," Joel says. "When I was working in the oncology department we had breast cancer patients. Even though each patient came with the similar diagnosis, they all had a different background."

While Joel will never know what tomorrow will bring, he does know he’ll approach it with the same smile that’s touched the lives of so many.

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