A cancer diagnosis impacts everyone in the family, not just the patient. There are emotional challenges that come along with helping patients through a complication of their cancer and then helping their family understand it. I feel like oncology is a very meaningful medical specialty because I get to help patients and their families navigate care and treatment together. I’m helping them understand the science behind all of it while being mindful that not all patients and family members want to know all pieces of information in the same way or at the same time.
In addition to helping cancer patients during a difficult time in their lives, I enjoy being part of an excellent and collaborative team. For inpatient care, a patient will have an attending physician, an advanced practice provider, which is what I am, and then there’s the daily nurse and nursing aide. There are also therapists, which include physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and dietitians. Depending on the patient’s specific case, there may also be consultants who join the team such as a pulmonologist, infectious disease specialist, gastroenterologist or cardiologist. Among these providers and specialists, there’s a collegial, mutual respect as we work together to provide comprehensive care for our patients.
I treat cancer patients who are being seen inpatient at UW Medical Center - Montlake, where I see two main groups of patients. I see patients with acute complications from their cancer diagnosis who need to be hospitalized, and I also see patients who require hospitalization for their routine chemotherapy. For inpatient care, we treat all types of cancer patients. It’s not confined to a specific disease or cancer.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Physician Assistant, 2013, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.