Medical / Hematology
Many medical oncologists/hematologists based in our local community have
office practices at The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center.
In addition to physician consults, infusion rooms are available for the
delivery of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting drugs.
Our medical oncologists are physicians that are specially trained in the
prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and cancer-related symptoms
in adults. After completing medical school, they receive at least three
years of additional training to become specialists in adult internal medicine.
Then, further fellowship training of three or more years follows, with
intensive training in medical oncology and hematology.
Many of our oncology providers are also certified in the specialty of hematology,
which deals with the treatment of blood and bone marrow disorders. Conditions
such as chronic anemia, leukemia and other bone marrow disorders fall
into the specialty of hematology. Cancers of specific organs, such as
breast, lung, and colon fall within the specialty of medical oncology.
However, the specialties of medical oncology and hematology are very closely
related and significantly overlap with the treatments of conditions such
as lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other related disorders, which are handled
by both specialty providers. In short, both medical oncologists and hematologists
have broad experience in the entire spectrum of cancers and blood disorders.
Medical oncologists and hematologists work closely with your primary care
physician as well as surgeons, radiation oncologists and nurses to develop
the best, integrated treatment plan for the individual. Medical oncologists/hematologists
use a variety of modalities to treat and, when possible, cure cancer:
- Hormone therapies
- Immune therapies
- Biologic therapies
They can also offer investigational drug therapies through participation
in ongoing clinical trials and use supportive therapies including the
latest anti-emetics, colony stimulating factors, pain therapies, and cancer
preventive agents. They offer these supportive measures during all phases
of cancer treatment to maintain your well-being as much as possible.
Our medical oncologists and hematologists are first and foremost concerned
about your well-being. In addition to listening and talking with the patient
and family, these specialists will refer you to other support services
as necessary. We are proud to have these highly trained physicians be
a part of the cancer program that serves our community.
For more information on Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's Cancer
Care Center, please call 909.865.9555.