At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, medical oncology is a field of medicine that focuses on treating cancer. At CTCA®, we have two other types of clinical oncologists: surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists. At our Tulsa hospital, your medical oncologist leads you through your treatment journey while coordinating care with other doctors and clinicians. By providing advanced technologies and treatments combined with evidence-informed supportive care, the doctors and clinicians at our cancer center in Oklahoma help you fight cancer while maintaining your quality of life.
Medical oncologists work with patients to accurately diagnose and stage the cancer, then explain those results. They discuss each patient’s personalized treatment options and make recommendations for an appropriate course of treatment. The medical oncologist oversees cancer treatments like chemotherapy or targeted therapy.
Chemotherapy is one of the treatments available at CTCA. It is designed to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells in the body. Our Oklahoma medical oncologists manage the schedule and dosage of the chemotherapy drugs. They also decide how the chemotherapy is delivered. Chemotherapy delivery methods vary. They may be given orally, intravenously or topically, or by injection or direct placement. Throughout your care, your medical oncologist will monitor your chemotherapy regimen and follow the progress of your treatment. If necessary, your medical oncologist will modify your treatment plan or recommend another approach to provide personalized cancer care.
At Southwestern, our doctors and clinicians work together in one location, communicating daily, coordinating treatments and providing integrative cancer treatment. Our supportive therapies are designed to help you manage side effects and maintain quality of life, so you and your family can focus on healing.