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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Christ Hospital Physicians - Hematology & Oncology has world-renowned doctors and surgeons who specialize in curing people with cancer and blood disorders. Many have trained at the best medical institutions and are mentors and teachers for others around the country.

 

In addition to the specialized doctors and surgeons, our medical team is with you throughout your journey. These individuals will each be a part of your medical team. They work to ensure your care is coordinated every step of the way and you and your family have the support you need.​

Doctors & Surgeons

You will likely be cared for by a group of doctors in different areas of cancer because treatment frequently involves a combination of therapies. They are an important part of the comprehensive medical team responsible for your care from the moment you are diagnosed with cancer throughout the course of your treatment. They help you and your loved ones with the following:​                                   

  • ​​​Explaining cancer diagnosis and staging (a description of where the cancer is located, if or where it has spread and whether it is affecting other parts of the body)​.

  • ​Discussing treatment options and recommending the best course of action. 

  • Delivering high-quality, compassionate care.

  • ​Helping to maintain your quality of life by managing cancer-related symptoms, or treatment side effects.           

Medical Oncologists

Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer and blood disorders with chemotherapy or other medications, such as hormone therapy, immune therapy, biologic therapy and targeted therapy.    

Radiation Oncologists

Radiation oncologists specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy. This can include things like stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative radiotherapy and image-guided radiotherapy.           

Pain Specialists

Pain management specialists, called anesthesiologists, are doctors who are part of your multidisciplinary cancer team. They provide you with optimum pain control by formulating individualized treatment plans specific to your needs. Treatment plans may include a combination of pain management strategies, such as non-pharmacologic methods, pharmacotherapy, nerve blocks, implants and other procedural pain management techniques. Reassessments occur regularly with you and your family, and plans are adjusted when necessary. 

 

Pathologists

Our pathologists are members of your team due to their accuracy and approach of interpreting laboratory tests and evaluating cells, tissues and organs to diagnose disease.​                                  

 

Radiologists

There are many types of radiologists, who are doctors specializing in planning, treatment and testing for cancer. The radiology specialists on our team include:​       

  • Interventional radiologists specialize in image-guided, minimally invasive techniques such as chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation and implantable ports. These procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia and conscious sedation using some form of guided imaging. Although not recommended for everyone, these effective alternatives to conventional surgery are proven to be safer and more cost-effective.

  • Diagnostic radiologists help ensure pinpoint accuracy and quick turnaround in interpreting your imaging test, such as ultrasounds, CT, MRI and PET scans to diagnose disease.           

  • ​​​Nuclear medicine involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials (or tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. The use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET)  and bone scans help nuclear medicine physicians detect and stage most cancers, often before they are evident through other tests. Nuclear medicine can determine the cause of the medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue, bone or heart through things like multigated acquisition (MUGA) scans.​    

Surgeons

Surgical specialists perform biopsies and remove tumors as well as diseased parts of organs and tissue. They may also offer reconstruction options with the help of plastic surgeons to ensure you receive the best cosmetic outcome. Our surgical specialists focus on many types of cancers.       

Registered dieticians focus on assessing your dietary and nutrition needs with cancer. They provide assistance to:                                 

  • Prevent or correct nutritional deficiencies                          

  • Minimize the side effects of treatment                          

  • Enhance quality of life during treatment                          

  • Improve ability to tolerate treatment                          

  • Help achieve and maintain optimal body weight                          

  • Incorporate healthy nutrition habits into daily living                          

  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of nutrition into a comprehensive plan to minimize risk of recurrence following treatment                          

  • Educate your family about special nutrition needs  ​              

 

Occupational & Physical Therapists

 

Our certified lymphedema and cancer fatigue therapists at The Christ Hospital Physical & Occupational Therapy centers are available at numerous convenient locations throughout the region.                 

 

Lymphadema Therapy

Treatments offered include:

  • Direct lymphatic drainage
  • Compression therapy
  • Exercise guidance
  • Complete decongestive therapy 

Cancer Fatigue Therapy

SOAR (Shaping Outcomes through Activity & Rehab) program

Exercise before, potentially during, and after your cancer treatment to improve:

  • Strength and cardiovascular function
  • Tolerance for activities of daily living
  • Overall quality of life
  • Decrease anxiety and depression.

Advanced Practice Providers

An oncology Advanced Practice Provider (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) manages your symptoms, support and advocate for you and your family and coordinates your care within a multidisciplinary care team, while continually assessing knowledge and understanding of your disease and treatment plan as well as monitoring your lab results. They are all a part of your care team. A patient navigator falls under this category. Our providers include:                                 

 

Meghan Autry, CNP
Alicia Clare, CNP
Erin Cunningham, CNP

Catherine A. DeGroff, PA-C

Tina DeStefanis-Griffiths MSN, RN, OCN
Vicki Estridge, RN, MSN, AOCNS, CN-BN
Mary A. Hamm, CNP, AOCNP
Jillian M. Hunt, CNP
Amanda Stout, CNP, ARNP
Laurie Wallace, FNP-C

Physicists & Dosimetrists

Physicists and dosimetrists work with your radiation oncologists to ensure that complex treatments are properly tailored for you. Medical physicists develop and direct quality control programs for equipment and procedures. A dosimetrist uses computers to develop a number of treatment plans to most effectively destroy the cancer while sparing normal tissue.