"I would like Lauren to be recognized for going above and beyond for helping me during a very difficult time in my life. I have been given a very difficult potential diagnosis from another facility that after the diagnosis I got caught up in the system. I couldn’t get someone to take the extra few minutes to just help me or guide me at a very vulnerable time in my life. I reached out to a random phone number for oncology in Salisbury and I got a call back from Lauren Moore and within 30 seconds (after two weeks of living in fear after getting test results that are very scary) within those first 30 seconds she reassured me that she is going to help me and guide me to my next steps. I was a mess because I could not get nowhere with the other facility but transferred from one person to another day after day. I probably got switched around from 30-40 people and all it took from Lauren was 30 seconds to reassure me she was with me and going to help me! I cannot put into words what that did just for my mental state! Sadly I know people in the medical field are burnt out and tired especially with coronavirus in our lives now but when you are on the opposite end (a place none of us think we will or want to be) it puts you in an entire different place. You need a little reassurance that someone will help guide you and not just feel like your head is spinning and caught up in a bad vicious circle. I pray that Lauren’s management can see what she has done for me and I can guarantee many others! Thank you Lauren for just taking the steps to at least make me feel that someone cares enough to help me figure out my next steps during this difficult time! "
Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.
Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.
While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.
The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.
Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.