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These are doctors and nurse practitioners who specialize in diagnosing and treating cancers and blood disorders. They lead a treatment team in finding the optimal treatment for the individual. Treatments often include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapies. They perform a variety of diagnostic procedures. These include laboratory tests, x-rays, scans, and biopsies.
Other members of the Medical Oncology/Hematology team include Coaches, nursing, and laboratory staff.
These are doctors who lead the clinical team in providing the best possible radiation treatment for the patient. They specialize in using sophisticated radiation equipment to offer radiation therapy treatments. Radiation therapy is useful in treating cancer, and the symptoms of cancer. Radiation therapy can shrink and sometimes destroy cancer cells.
Other Radiation Oncology team members involved in the patient’s planning and treatment include nursing staff, radiation therapists, dosimetrist, and physicist.
A Surgical Oncologist is a physician who has specializes in surgeries applied to oncology; which focuses on the surgical management of tumors that diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and certain cancer-related symptoms. A Surgical Oncologist works closely with other specialist at Bellin for the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage is a serious illness. Palliative care is given to improve the quality of life for patients, with a focus on treatment of pain and other symptom management. It includes psychological, spiritual, and emotional support. There is substantial evidence that supports that palliative care – when combined with standard cancer care – can lead to better patient and caregiver outcomes.
Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented medicine for the whole person: mind-body, spirit and lifestyle. We offer therapies, both conventional and complementary, and focus on the needs, values and well-being of the person. Integrative Medicine expands the options for care and combines the best of conventional and complementary care.
Integrative Medicine will give you resources that will enable you to:
- Choose therapies that help prevent cancer or prevent a recurrence.
- Make lifestyles changes to improve & promote health
- Support your nutrition throughout your treatment
- Find evidence-based information on nutritional supplements and herbs that may help you avoid harmful interactions with your chemotherapy/radiation therapy.
- Decrease the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Prepare for surgery
- Work through the challenge of living with cancer
- Survive cancer in a potentially better state of health than before cancer
Psychology, Counseling and Art Therapy
We all have our ups and downs. And sometimes, life can be a lot to cope with. But for some, it's more than just mood swings and stress. There are physical and mental issues that my be too great to overcome on our own. Bellin is ready to listen. And to help.
Bellin’s Expressive Arts in Medicine (BEAM)
This is a program that integrates literacy, performing, and visual arts and design into its holistic approach to cancer patients and their families. Our own patients have reported in surveys that they rated their pain, stress, and boredom lower when participating in activities offered. A coordinator leads the program in by working directly with patients and families, or simply by making tools available to them. Our BEAM Room is a place to inspire your creative side, gain insight, and simply to reflect and relax.
Nursing – Infusion and Oral Agent Management
Bellin prides itself in employment of nurses who hold certifications in oncology as a specialty. These nurses are dedicated to the care of the oncology patient. Through their vast education and experience, they’re able to anticipate the patient and family needs, and are thus able to focus on prevention of side effects. They’re instrumental in taking away the fears of treatment. They have a knack for making the treatment experience healing and calming, and less scary for the patient.
Imagine meeting an individual, your “coach,” at your very first consult with an oncologist. This coach will be a guide for you. They’ll be present to listen to what the physician is recommending to you. They’ll be able to talk to you to confirm that you and your family understand the plan. They’ll assist in making arrangements and offering reassurances. They’re the communication “glue.” Get to know your coach; ask questions. Your coach will guide you to the correct resources. Click here for more information on the Cancer Coaches at The Cancer Team.