The anesthesiologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are dedicated to whole-person care and improving the cancer patient’s journey. Both often go hand in hand. The anesthesiology team at CTCA® at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) supports patients throughout the perioperative phase. These anesthesiologists spend time with patients to gain an understanding of their physical and emotional needs before a procedure. They also are there to monitor their status and progress during recovery.
During their first meeting with patients, anesthesiologists at Eastern inquire about the patients’ past medical history as part of the comprehensive medical review process. This process may include reviewing tests or diagnostic records and interviewing patients about their health backgrounds. The Pennsylvania anesthesiologists, for example, ask whether patients are currently taking medications and, if so, which ones. They may also inquire about other conditions and known allergies or reactions to medications, to help determine an appropriate course of anesthesia.
Anesthesiologists like Dr. Rob Mukerjee, Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Philadelphia cancer center, play an important role during surgical procedures. They keep a close watch over patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature, and adjust medications for pain and consciousness as needed. This level of care continues after the procedure to help patients experience a smooth recovery.
Eastern is located in the northeastern United States, conveniently located near the East Coast, from Maine to North Carolina. The cancer center offers a number of anesthesia options for a variety of procedures. Local anesthesia, which is typically administered by a needle, can be used to numb a small area prior to a biopsy or similar diagnostic procedure. Regional anesthesia methods, such as peripheral nerve block or spinal anesthesia, numb larger parts of the body for longer periods of time. General anesthesia renders patients unconscious and controls pain during and after major surgery. It can take patients up to a day to recover from general anesthesia.