Our local Oncologists and Hematologist maintain a high level of expertise by continuously researching the latest treatment options for cancer patients. Advancements in the treatment of cancer are an ongoing, ever changing, and improving science. Medical Oncologists often work in conjunction with other specialists to create an integrated, individualized treatment program for our cancer patients.
Some patients may have other medical conditions that must be considered when developing a cancer treatment plan. Chemotherapy, hormone therapy, Bio-response modifiers and many multimodality therapies are all considered to design the best treatment plan for our cancer patients. On occasion, local Oncologists work with other medical experts locally, regionally and sometimes nationally when a cancer patient has a specialized need that cannot be met locally.
National treatment guidelines are used and modified, if necessary, to treat patients. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is an alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers. Through their collective expertise cancer treatment guidelines are developed to assist the Oncologist make treatment recommendations to cancer patients.
This collaborative effort by experts who have extensively researched, assessed and reviewed treatment outcomes, has become the most widely used information source in cancer treatment. In addition to developing treatment plans, Oncologists collaborate with other health care professionals to treat the whole patient along with their disease. They work to provide support in the areas of nutrition, emotional support and family involvement. Oncology Certified Nurses offer instruction and encouragement to patients and their families. In this way, the patient is ensured the best standard of care available.