Cancer Care: Part of the TeamGulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 4, Issue 3 - Baptist Medical Group
A cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock, followed by a whirlwind of treatment and recovery. The success of that recovery depends on many interrelated aspects of cancer care, a comprehensive approach that now is more accessible to the community than ever with the help of the Baptist Cancer Institute and its collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Advancements in cancer care are constantly allowing physicians to better treat and prevent the life-threatening disease, and numerous support services help see the patient and family through this challenging time. From diagnosis and patient education to leading-edge treatments and research, Baptist’s nationally recognized program provides a personalized plan of care, ensuring a focus on the patient’s physical and emotional healing process in a state-of-the-art healing environment.
COLLABORATING ON CARE
Physicians from multiple disciplines gather to consult together on weekly “tumor boards” to discuss the most challenging cases and to determine the best treatment plans. A tumor board generally consists of medical hematologist-oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, general surgeons, specialty surgeons and other physicians who may shed some light on a particular case.
In addition, as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Baptist physicians can consult Mayo Clinic specialists when they feel additional input would benefit their patients, either through an electronic “eConsult” or by participating in a Mayo Clinic eTumor Board. Mayo’s eTumor Boards allow physicians to meet in real time video conferencing to present and discuss complex cancer cases with a multidisciplinary panel of Mayo specialists and other members of the network that spans more than 30 different locations across the United States as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico. Baptist provides these additional cancer care resources at no cost to the patient.
specializing in oncology
The dedicated team of cancer fighting medical experts ranges from oncologists to specialty surgeons to social workers and nurse navigators. Everyone who is necessary for the best possible path toward recovery is included on the team:
- Radiation oncologist
- Ear, nose and throat specialist
- Cardiothoracic surgeon
- Colorectal surgeon
- Physical therapists