Our Medical and Radiation Oncology physicians have a longstanding history of high quality patient care. Each has achieved Board Certification and years of experience in their cancer treatment specialty.
Patient Care Staff
Our patient care professionals do more than deliver radiation or chemotherapy; schedule your appointments, draw blood samples, and so on. Their compassionate, caring interaction with patients and family members is based on an understanding and appreciation of each individual’s struggle with the implications of their experience with cancer. These highly skilled individuals have come to know and treasure the uniquely close relationships that develop between themselves and those they serve.
Our nursing staff members hold professional certifications in oncology nursing, which makes them nursing specialists in administering chemotherapy. One of our nurses holds specialized certifications in pediatric oncology and administration of chemotherapies and biotherapies to pediatric patients. These credentials are maintained through attendance at numerous continuing education courses and ongoing practice in oncology.
Oncology nurses closely monitor patients’ response to chemotherapy and serve as a resource to oncologists on a daily basis. They are skilled in dosage calculations and administering intravenous drugs; they also serve as educators in teaching patients and families about the effects of chemotherapy and what to expect during treatment.
Skilled nursing staff who have specialized in working with patients with cancer help support oncologists in their daily office practice.
When patients complete their cancer treatment and resume their previous activities of life, it is not unusual for them to experience residual emotional and physical effects. Clinic Cancer Care sees the need to support patients after their active treatment is completed and to provide this help it has developed a Survivorship Program. Patients are invited to participate in this program at the time of their one-year follow up with their oncologist. Prior to this visit they are contacted by a registered nurse, the Survivorship Program coordinator, who individually discusses with them their physical and emotional concerns. Based on each patient’s individual needs, support services such as social worker, dietitian, physical therapist, or business office representative will be available at the time of their oncologist visit to assist the patient with any special needs or questions.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The Clinic Cancer Care department holds cancer support groups twice a month. For more information please visit: gfclinic.com/cancer-support-group/