The physician assistants at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia are part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and other cancer care clinicians. Together with other members of the care team, physician assistants at our Philadelphia hospital communicate, educate and empower patients. At CTCA® in Philadelphia, we believe it is important for patients to understand their treatment options so they feel empowered to take an active role in their treatment decisions.
Physician assistants are licensed health care professionals who diagnose and treat illness and disease and prescribe medication for patients, working under the supervision of a doctor. Physician assistants complete education and training to prepare them to offer an extension of a doctor’s care. These trained professionals may be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, denoted by the PA-C credentials that follow their name. The responsibilities of physician assistants depend in large part on their field of concentration or the department that employs them. At our cancer center in Philadelphia, physician assistants provide help in medical oncology, surgical oncology, intake, radiation oncology and other departments.
The physician assistants at CTCA in Philadelphia have a level of expertise that comes with working exclusively with cancer patients. They work closely with you and the rest of your care team to deliver treatments and therapies based on your individual needs. Some patients may experience treatment-related side effects, and CTCA offers evidence-informed supportive care therapies that may improve quality of life. Supportive care services may include nutrition therapy, pain management, naturopathic medicine, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine.