U.s. Could Face Shortage Of Cancer Doctors

Whats New in Breast Cancer Treatment? Michiana Hematology Oncology has answers

Currently, only 3 percent of oncologists are based in rural areas, even though that's where 20 percent of Americans live. "We never want to have a cancer patient have to wait to get in to see a cancer physician," said Dr. Richard Schilsky, ASCO's chief medical officer. "Since we're aware of the issue, we are beginning to think about how to mitigate it." Schilsky said he believes oncologists will need to rely on primary-care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to handle basic cancer treatment and follow-up care as demand for services grows. "That will leave the oncologists time to deal with the more complex cancer patients," he explained. Certain factors
will likely combine to increase the number of patients seeking cancer treatment in coming years, Schilsky said, including: The aging of the baby boomer generation. "They are now all in their 60s, and that's the age at the highest risk for getting cancer," he said. Improved cancer treatment. A record 13.7 million cancer survivors now live in the United States, Schilsky said, and many want to maintain a relationship with their oncologist even though they are cancer-free. More information at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-could-face-shortage-of-cancer-doctors/.

Their work with breast cancer patients is comprehensive and spans from diagnosis to long-term survivor care. Its very important for the general population to know that over the past couple of decades there has been an increase in a breast cancer patients overall survival rate, he says. Better treatments are evolving at a dynamic speed. Dr. Farhat also serves as the medical director of the Burrell Cancer Institute at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point. Breast cancer is still a major public health concern, but it isnt oncology as usual, he says. We know so much more now. The research is phenomenal and clinical trials are providing the very latest in treatment options, which is very positive for the patient. Several key factors have created this statistical shift in survival rates, according to Dr. Braun, who also sees patients at his Westville office. One of the most impressive is the ability doctors have to zero in on cancer cells so closely they can customize treatment on a molecular level in certain patients. This is important, says Dr. More information at http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/what-s-new-in-breast-cancer-treatment-michiana-hematology-oncology/article_376eaa51-71a3-598c-a164-ae91867ac04a.html.