The Medical Oncology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) specializes in diagnosing cancer and delivering treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy/targeted therapy and hormone therapy personalized to your needs.
Developing your treatment plan
For most of our patients, a medical oncologist serves as their primary doctor. Your initial visit to CTCA® will typically last one to three days. Our medical oncologists have expertise and training in diagnosing cancer and delivering chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and/or hormone therapy.
Our medical oncologists work in tandem with the rest of your care team to provide therapies designed to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments. During your stay, your medical oncologist will review your full diagnosis and medical history, and order additional diagnostic testing and evaluations.
At the end of your diagnostic evaluation, your medical oncologist will present you with a cancer treatment plan personalized to your needs. You and your medical oncologist will discuss the advanced treatment options that are available for your type and stage of cancer, and determine which options may be right for you.
If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, your medical oncologist will coordinate your dosage and schedule. You may receive chemotherapy alone, or in combination with other treatment modalities like targeted therapies, surgery and/or radiation therapy.
Throughout your care, your medical oncologist will work closely with you to monitor your chemotherapy regimen to make sure it continues to work for you, and help reduce side effects and toxicity.
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An individualized approach
Our unique model of care at CTCA, brings a dedicated team of cancer experts together on a daily basis. Your medical oncologist will communicate regularly with the rest of your care team throughout your treatment. He or she will monitor the progress of your treatment and help manage side effects like gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue and insomnia, and neuropathy. Your entire care team takes every measure to help you tolerate treatments, stay active and enjoy a good quality of life.
Throughout your treatment, you’ll undergo diagnostic imaging and lab tests which will allow your medical oncologist to follow the progress of your treatment. If the cancer is resisting treatment, or you are not tolerating it, your medical oncologist will modify your treatment plan or recommend using a different therapy.
The medical oncology team at Southeastern
At CTCA, our oncologists, nurses, clinicians and other cancer experts are highly trained, educated and experienced in treating cancer. Many of our cancer experts focus on one specific disease type, taking comprehensive, personalized cancer care to the next level.
Through our Lung Center for Advanced Oncology and our Breast Center for Advanced Oncology, our cancer experts focus on one specific cancer type. This intensive program brings together multidisciplinary teams of doctors and other clinicians with expertise in treating specific cancer types. The name reflects our deep commitment to delivering advanced treatment options to patients fighting a complex disease.
Experts on what’s available now, and what’s on the horizon for each cancer type, the Centers clinicians collaborate daily. This close coordination helps them reach a diagnosis more efficiently and recommend an individualized care plan, so you can start treatment as soon as possible. Knowing that fighting cancer is only part of the battle, your Centers care team may also recommend various evidence-informed supportive therapies to help you manage the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Each patient’s team is coordinated by a care manager, who helps you handle the details and responds to your questions as they arise.
An individualized treatment plan
The medical oncologists at Southeastern are determined to find the appropriate treatment for each patient. They thoroughly review your medical history and current condition and offer recommendations for your cancer treatment.
“My focus is on providing compassionate and individualized care for my patients as I help them through their journey with cancer,” says Dr. Brion Randolph, a hematologist and medical oncologist with Southeastern.
“Before I even meet with patients we have already reviewed their medical history and lab tests, and I have already spoken with everyone on the team to discuss recommendations and treatment options,” says Dr. Randolph. “That way, when we meet with a patient, we can suggest a combined plan from an integrated medicine standpoint that includes not just oncology recommendations, but also input from other team members.”