Cancer Doctors - Dr. Bernard Eden
This video features Dr. Bernard Eden, Director of Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Eden talks about how cancer affects people on many levels-physically, nutritionally, emotionally, and spiritually. He also discusses how he and his colleagues at CTCA have multidisciplinary conferences to discuss patients so that they can provide a truly holistic treatment plan for them. In addition, Dr. Eden describes one of the advanced technologies CTCA offers to patients:
"A couple of years ago, CTCA acquired a very advanced piece of technology called TomoTherapy, which allows us to precisely focus the radiation on tumor targets. In fact, we were the fifth or sixth hospital in the world that had this device. To be able to use it for our patients has been an incredible opportunity. It's very rewarding, and very fulfilling and gratifying to be able to treat patients and offer them hope with these technologies." Interactive Stories: Related Links:
Dr. Bernard Eden: My name is Dr. Bernard Eden. I am a radiation oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Very often we have patients that come from various places and they feel like they have been ignored, and that’s kind of an unusual, one would think that that’s an unusual place to be in being a patient that has cancer because cancer is so complex, there are lot of needs that need to be addressed.
Cancer doesn’t only affect the person physically, it affects them spiritually, nutritionally, emotionally, and very many places really neglect all of those other aspects that are vital for healing. The whole concept of Cancer Treatment Centers of America is based on hope. We want to provide hope and to do whatever is humanly possible on this planet to help these patients and we don’t want to waste anybody’s time doing that.
So we have gotten processes in place to be efficient to diagnose what needs to be diagnosed and we have multidisciplinary conferences to discuss these patients so that we can provide a truly holistic treatment plan for the patients, and that’s what we did for Rob and I am sure that’s why he is very excited about the way we do things.
A couple of years ago Cancer Treatment Centers of America acquired a very advanced piece of technology called tomotherapy, which allows us to precisely focus the radiation on tumor targets. In fact we were the fifth or sixth hospital in the world that had that device and to be able to use that for our patients has been an incredible opportunity.
Cancer is horrible. Cancer is devastating. Cancer is an illness that will rearrange your life’s priorities, things that you never thought were a priority become number one priority once you have the diagnosis of cancer. It affects not only the patient, it affects their relationships; it affects families.
It is an equalizer, okay? You get the diagnosis of cancer, it doesn’t matter what station in life you are, you realize that you are human and you probably realize that everybody else is human too, and it’s just a devastating illness. It’s a battle. I mean it’s truly a war on cancer and it’s a war that we are fighting.