"This office is comprised of the absolute worst staff with whom you could ever have the displeasure of dealing. The negligence and incompetence of this practice is beyond the pale. If you would like to deal with a lack of communication and its corresponding confusion during your cancer treatment, which, of course, is likely one of the most difficult times of your life, then become a patient here. Throughout the last several months, we've had to deal with: (1) the incorrect dosage of medication being prescribed, resulting in an infection lasting an additional two weeks and a delay in the start of treatment, (2) office staff forgetting to schedule appointments, (3) office staff neglecting to order blood work, (4) office staff forgetting to pass along messages to the doctor, (5) office staff canceling an appointment and failing to notify the patient, and (6) another doctor's office getting frustrated with the slow response of Chamoun's office and scheduling their own appointments for Chamoun's patient. If you're seeing this doctor, then you have cancer, not an inconsequential canker sore; and the last thing you need is the aggravation, confusion, and fear that Dr. Chamoun's negligent staff with certainly instill in you. I do not know if this office is understaffed and overworked, incompetently managed, or employs people without the requisite skills to succeed in an oncology practice; however, I do know that the frequency of errors may contribute to a patient's death so hopefully this doctor begins to run a more professional practice, the kind of practice that delivers the level of care a cancer patient should expect to receive. Rather, you can expect to be filled with dread each and every time this office is involved with your care, and you can expect a myriad of excuses each and every time they fall short of meeting the minimum standard of care any reasonable person would expect to receive. I would never recommend this doctor because you deal with his incompetent staff more than you deal with him. "
An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient's cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.
Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.
There are three main types of oncologists:
Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term 'medical oncologist' refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient's treatment.
Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.
In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.