Our collaborative model of care led by experts
In our multi-disciplinary clinic, you benefit from the expertise of an entire team — a fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, a cancer nurse navigator, genetic counselors, ostomy nurses and dietitians — all focused on your health and well-being. They work together to ensure your care is individualzed and provides you with the most advanced treatments available.
Our oncology nurse navigator team
Standing left to right – Carol Clouthier, RN; Julie Wannow, RN; Angel Shaffer, RN; Britt Baertlein, RN
Seated left to right – Mary Gilbert, RN; Craig Gordon, RN; Michelle Willman, RN; Natalie Ebenhoch, RN
Oncology nurse navigator
Beginning at the time of cancer diagnosis, each patient is partnered with an oncology nurse navigator who becomes a single point of contact for their cancer journey.
Oncology nurse navigators work closely with patients’ physicians and the entire cancer care team to empower patients and support their needs. Nurse navigators actively partner with patients and their families to listen and address their needs with care and compassion. They provide information and education on cancer diagnoses and treatment options, and offer psychosocial support to help manage stress and anxiety. Oncology nurse navigators also act as advocates to help remove barriers to care and assure care transitions are timely and well-coordinated. They engage patients in care planning and self-care to promote optimal health throughout the cancer journey and beyond.
The surgeon's role is to remove the cancer and help provide the best chance for a cure. Our surgeons are trained in the latest minimally invasive techniques using state-of-the-art technology such as robotic-assisted surgery.
The medical oncologist treats patients with medication that aims to kill cancer cells, such as chemotherapy and other biologic therapies. Typically this is the primary doctor taking care of your cancer-related problems.
A radiation oncologist uses radiation to treat cancer. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy), or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells such as brachytherapy, a type of treatment in which radioactive seeds are placed directly into or near a tumor.
The pathologist typically is not a physician you encounter personally during your treatment journey. The pathologist is the physician who specializes in identifying the classification and stage of your cancer. This is important in that it helps determine the appropriate therapies for treatment.
Depending on your cancer or treatment, it is possible that doctors who specialize in other areas may contribute to your care as well.
Other supportive care
These nurses specialize in evaluating and helping you manage situations as they relate to your ostomy (bag).
A multi-disciplinary team of specially trained cancer rehab therapists is available to evaluate patient needs including gait stability, strengthening exercises, weakness and speech deficits. Based on the evaluation a treatment plan is developed to minimize the effects of cancer treatment and help restore these functions.
Our social workers provide assistance with discharge planning, coordination of home care and help make connections with community resources for continued care and support after cancer treatment.
Some cancers may require dietary limitations or considerations during the course of treatment. A certified dietitian is available to evaluate nutritional needs and develop a personal plan of care to support patient needs during treatment and into survivorship care.