Nurse practitioners are licensed health care providers who work under the direct supervision of a physician. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, our nurse practitioners provide care for cancer patients in various departments, including surgical oncology, critical care, supportive therapies, intake infusion and pain management. The nurse practitioners at our Tulsa cancer center work closely with patients to provide education regarding their diagnosis and treatments.
At Southwestern, our nurse practitioners are trained in oncology and have extensive experience providing care to cancer patients. These clinicians have obtained master’s degrees in nursing and are certified to practice under the supervision of a licensed doctor. Nurse practitioners work with the rest of your care team to help obtain medical histories, conduct physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, help manage cancer-related side effects, write prescriptions and perform certain procedures. Nurse practitioners are trained to educate patients about their cancer and treatments designed to fight it, empowering patients to make informed decisions about their care. These licensed clinicians may educate patients about preventative lifestyle choices and answer questions. They are also a key component of the ongoing clinical education and research initiatives at our Tulsa hospital.
Our nurse practitioners also help answer patients’ questions about possible side effects and the options available for managing them. At Southwestern, our doctors and clinicians work together in one location, communicating daily, coordinating treatments and providing integrative cancer treatment. Your nurse practitioner and other members of your care team may recommend various evidence-informed supportive therapies to help manage your side effects and support your quality of life.