At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix, our internal medicine department helps manage patients’ overall health and address common side effects that may result from cancer treatment. Internists treat patients with a broad range of medical problems, including illnesses, diseases and infections. Internists may also treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and asthma, as well as other comorbidities. Our internists in Arizona also treat common illnesses, including many undiagnosed, non-emergency health concerns. Internists at our Phoenix hospital work closely with our patients and their care team to diagnosis diseases and recommend appropriate treatments.
Internal medicine doctors are referred to as internists or general internists. Our internists at our Phoenix hospital focus on diagnosing and treating general medical disorders. They are key members of a wider multidisciplinary team and are responsible for helping to treat a wide range of medical diseases affecting the respiratory system, heart, blood, joints and digestive and vascular systems. Prevention and education are important areas of focus for our internists and are critical to empowering patients to take an active role in their treatment plan. At our Arizona cancer center, our internists are members of a variety of departments, including metabolic support, intake, critical care, intensive care, survivorship and quality of life.
Richard Gilson, MD, joined CTCA Phoenix as an internal medicine physician. Board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Gilson has long been interested in cancer care. He works closely with the team of oncologists and other cancer care clinicians at our Goodyear hospital to help patients manage not just their cancer but other related and non-related conditions that may affect their health and quality of life.