A Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Approach to Cancer Care
At Maimonides Cancer Center, our interdisciplinary teams of cancer experts - surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, reconstructive surgeons, specially trained nurses and physician assistants, a social worker, a genetic counselor, a nutritionist, and other clinical personnel - work collaboratively to provide optimal care.
Right here in Brooklyn, our local cancer treatment teams specialize in different types of cancer (i.e., Breast Cancer team). They meet weekly to discuss and review each patient's case, and develop a coordinated and unified treatment plan.
This approach ensures you and your family benefit from a full range of resources, professional staff and services during your care, from the time of your diagnosis to the end of your treatment. We also provide education, psychosocial support, nutritional services, pain, and symptom management.
Members of Maimonides Interdisciplinary Cancer Teams
ONCOLOGISTS, HEMATOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS
Medical Oncologists, Hematologists, and Radiation Oncologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They have advanced training, experience and education that provide them with the skills necessary to examine, diagnose and manage or treat cancerous tumors and hematologic conditions. Oncologists and Hematologists oversee the administration of chemotherapy. Radiation Oncologists oversee the delivery of radiation therapy.
Maimonides oncology surgeons treat many forms of cancer, in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapies or surgery on its own. We offer a full range of the latest surgical techniques and procedures to treat patients with cancer. Our cancer surgeons are experts in minimally invasive surgical techniques that minimize the trauma of more traditional surgery and improve surgical outcomes.
NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (NPs & PAs)
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants work in collaboration with physicians to provide comprehensive care. They perform symptom management, evaluate laboratory results, order tests and medications and provide patient teaching and psychosocial support.
You will likely meet a number of different nurses during your visit to the Cancer Center. Nurses work in the chemotherapy infusion unit and radiation department. They perform problem focused assessment using the nursing process, provide patient education and administer prescribed treatment such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions, antibiotics, hydration and injections.
The patient advocate is committed to ensuring that your rights are respected and that your concerns are addressed. They are available to speak on your behalf, represent your best interests, and answer questions about hospital policies and procedure.
If you have a concern, question, or complaint about your care; or you would like someone to serve as your advocate, please contact our Patient Advocate at 718-765-2545.
PATIENT CARE TECHNICIANS
Patient Care Technicians perform your blood draws and vital signs. They also assist the physician during procedures.
PAIN AND PALLIATIVE CARE PRACTITIONERS
Pain and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners are available for consultation. They work with you and rest of the interdisciplinary care team to help manage pain resulting from your illness or treatment.
Our Registered Dietitian works closely with our oncology team, who refer patients at nutrition risk.
SOCIAL WORKERS (SWs)
Research has shown that social work interventions with cancer patients and survivors may improve length of survival, as it reduces an individual’s stress level and helps to provide a continuum of care.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS
Research has shown that mental health services not only provide improvements in mood, but also in coping, energy levels, and pain. Because Maimonides Cancer Center serves such a large and diverse population in the heart of Brooklyn, our staff is very sensitive to our patients’ varied ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
Genetic counseling may be helpful for individuals with inherited cancer syndrome that predisposes them to many types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, colon, prostate, melanoma, endometrial, and other rare malignances.
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants schedule tests/procedures, book appointments and provide other support necessary during your treatment process.