Written by on 2/14/2014 11:00:00 AM
This is the second blog (view part one here) in a three-part interview series with Dr. Chandrika Patel, radiation oncologist. She is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology and a certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.
Is radiation therapy given alone or in combination with chemotherapy or immunotherapy?At Community Cancer Centers you have a cancer team that includes a medical oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist and nursing support team. We identify your cancer type and stage and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Combination therapy is not unusual. In addition to radiation therapy, chemotherapy attacks the cancer cells directly. Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, targets the body’s immune system to fight the disease.
How are patients supported throughout and post- treatment?
Survivorship is a very important part of the patient experience at Community Cancer Center. For example, we have breast health navigators who are matched with every breast cancer patient and help guide and support that patient through their journey. The health navigator is there to help that patient from the time of a positive biopsy through the course of treatment which may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or a combination of such. Our health navigator holds their hand along the way and makes sure all of their questions and concerns are addressed.
I recall having a female patient who was an avid biker. After breast cancer treatment, she was able to go back to riding 30-40 miles per day. It’s so rewarding to help our patients resume living life. Then there was also an individual who was treated and went back to compete in national pool tournaments. There is life after cancer treatment and we want to help our patients get there.
Has the affiliation with the MD Anderson Cancer Network® impacted radiation oncology services at Community Regional Cancer Centers?
From a Community Health Network perspective, we have incorporated some of MD Anderson Cancer Network’s techniques into our patient’s treatment plans. It’s been very helpful to review their methods and have access to their specific cancer specialists with regards to more complicated or rare cancer cases. In those situations, we review treatments methods that they used and discuss our cases with them. For the patient, we are able to provide the expertise of world renowned cancer experts right here in Indiana.
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