The Role of the Medical Oncologist during Colon Cancer

What is the role of the medical oncologist during colon cancer?

medical oncologistThe days and weeks after a cancer diagnosis are a difficult and confusing time. Often patients are bombarded with new terms and concepts they are not familiar with. Here to help with some of the confusion is Dr. Kelly Shimabukuro. She’s a medical oncologist and here she explains what her role is during a patient’s battle with cancer. Medical oncologists are different from surgical oncologists. In this video, Dr. Shimabukuro details that difference.

Video Transcripts Kelly A. Shimabukuro, MD: So, I think of all medical oncologists as somebody who is involved with a patient who is diagnosed with cancer and are involved with many facets of that patient’s care, so that might involve chemotherapy if that is the appropriate course of action, but it also involves the decision to perhaps not do chemotherapy and it also involves the role of radiation and when to integrate that and other modalities involved in cancer treatment and so I think of the role of the medical oncologist is as an advisor in the process of treating cancer and as compared to the surgical oncologists that are involved in surgical procedures. The medical oncologist is not going to be involved in that portion of it, although I work very closely with several surgical oncologists because that is often very much a part of a patient’s care and the treatment of their cancer, but I think of the medical oncologist as having the broad overview of the patient’s cancer care and helping to facilitate as the patient journeys through the process of dealing with their cancer.

Kelly Shimabukuro
Dr. Kelly Shimabukuro is currently the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego department of medicine. She specializes in the management of gastrointestinal cancers including colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, hepatobiliary cancer and anal cancer. She has a particular interest in hepatocellular cancer and is working closely with our multidisciplinary hepatology team in the management of these patients. She has specialized training in clinical trial design and implementation and is integrating this into her practice.

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