The physician is the primary figure in assessing treatment options, monitoring the patient’s progress, and providing for the appropriate medical intervention at our facilities. Chemotherapy is administered by Oncology Certified Nurses, each of whom serves, along with a physician, as a member of a Care Team for specific patients. Our chemotherapy nurses are certified specialists because they are experienced in the management of cancer treatments and of side effects. Among their many duties is the responsibility of educating patients about the nature of their disease and how to navigate the complex process of cancer care.
We use a primary nurse model for nursing care. Under this model, each patient at our cancer treatment centers has one assigned chemotherapy nurse who is responsible for all their chemotherapy treatment. This gives the patient a more personalized level of attention which results in better medical care. Your nurse will provide professional monitoring and rapid, accurate responses to your changing health needs.
In most community oncology practices, each time you arrive for a treatment session you will be met by whichever nurse is free at the time; over the course of your treatment your care will be handled by several different nurses. At Oncology Specialists, our nurses each have their own group of patients, so they see the same patients repeatedly and get to know them and the details of their conditions and how they are responding to treatment. Our nurses make their own schedules, so that each patient’ particular needs can be more easily met. And every patient knows a specific nurse to call with problems or questions; because that nurse works directly with your doctor on your Care Plan, you won’t have to explain to anyone who you are or what you are being treated for, should you need to call.