Receiving a cancer diagnosis can produce many unexpected stressors in the life of a patient and the patient’s family. Cancer Navigators Brenda Schofield and Cheri Yochum provide individualized assistance to patients, families and caregivers through all phases of the cancer experience.
Through education, referral, care coordination and maintenance of communication between patients and health care providers, Brenda and Cheri help patients overcome barriers and facilitate timely access to quality health and psychosocial care.
For more information, call 419-636-1131, ext. 12342.
We warmly welcome two new providers to the CHWC cancer care team: medical oncologist Dr. Divya Vijendra and certified nurse practitioner Lisa Scanlon, who will work with radiation oncologist Dr. Wainwright Jaggernauth to provide comprehensive cancer care right here at CHWC.
What is Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology?
The science of studying and treating malignant cancer and associated tumors is called oncology. Medical oncology is a subfield of oncology that focuses on treating cancer with medications, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
Radiation oncology is concerned with utilizing radiation treatment for cancer. Radiation oncologists specialize in determining various parameters regarding a patient’s radiation treatment plan–how much, how frequently and if specific types of radiation should be considered to treat cancer. Radiation oncologists work closely with radiation therapy nurses, radiation therapists, medical oncologists and other professionals collaborating on a person’s cancer treatment plan.
What Types of Cancer Do Medical Oncologists Treat?
Cancer can impact so many lives, from the people who are diagnosed to the loved ones who help manage their care. Luckily, with increased technology, there are now more options than ever before when it comes to treating cancer. Working closely with your team of doctors you will be able to create a custom care plan that helps to manage, and possibly cure, your cancer. Of course, you may have several questions when it comes to care during this frightening and uncertain time. Below, we have put together a list of some commonly asked questions when it comes to cancer care.
What kind of treatment will I receive?
Really, this depends on the type of cancer you are diagnosed with, how much the cancer has spread, and your current health. Some cancers respond to certain treatments better than others, and any existing conditions may impact the type of treatment you are able to receive.
Can’t you just perform surgery and remove all the cancer?
In some cases, yes, this is possible. The surgical team will be able to discuss different surgery procedures that can remove a cancerous tumor from the body. In other types of cancer though this is not possible, or results in a complicated surgery. Cancers that impact the blood, such as Leukemia, are not operable.
If I had surgery already, why do I need more treatment?
While surgery certainly does a great job at removing certain cancers, it always runs the rusk of leaving some cancerous cells behind. By using chemotherapy or radiation treatment methods after surgery doctors can be sure to kill every cancerous cell.
Will chemotherapy make me sick?
There are many different types of chemotherapy offering a range of medicine types and dosage amounts. People will respond differently to different treatments, so it is hard to say if you will feel sick. Every person handles chemotherapy differently.
What other treatments are available besides chemotherapy and radiation?
Our team is always researching and practicing the very latest treatment options available for cancer. Our team can implement hormone therapy treatment as well as immunotherapy treatment to target and attack your cancer.
Will I lose my hair during treatment?
While hair loss certainly is a common side effect when receiving chemotherapy treatment, it doesn’t happen to everyone. The type of chemotherapy, duration, frequency, and your own body will dictate how and if you lose your hair. Feel free to talk with one of our professionals about options if you do lose your hair. We have several close contacts to provide wigs for people suffering from hair loss.
What is the difference between chemotherapy and radiation?
Chemotherapy administers specific drugs into the entire body in an attempt to mitigate and kill cancer cells. Comparatively, radiation uses nuclear medicine technology to target one specific area of the body. Patients may receive one treatment or the other, and sometimes a combination of both treatments.
Who will be my doctor?
One of the best parts of working with Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers is the fact that we work with an oncology team. A group of professional doctors and nurses are always talking with one another about your case, researching and discussing the best treatment, surgery, and care options available for your specific cancer.
What else can cancer impact?
We understand that cancer is not just a physical ailment that you experience, but a mental and psychological one too. Cancer can change your mindset, easily allowing people to become anxious and depressed. That is why we are happy to offer psychological care to accompany your physical cancer treatments. A healthy mind can do wonders when it comes to healing the body.