Your Checklist Prior To Meeting Your Cancer Care Team:
a. Histopathology (Biopsy)
b. Imaging Results (CT Scan, MRI, Bone Scan, X-ray, Ultrasound)
c. Laboratory Results (CBC with Platelet count, Blood Chemistry (not more than 2 weeks old)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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The term “cancer” refers to a complex group of more than 100 different types of
diseases. It is a complex and varied disease which can affect just about every organ in the human body. It develops when normal cells begin to multiply uncontrollably. It can begin anywhere in the body and spread for reasons that are not yet fully understood. There is no single cause of cancer, but rather a multitude of factors can influence its development.
Each type of cancer is unique with its own causes, symptoms, and methods of
treatment. Even the same kind of cancer behaves differently in one patient to the other. Like all groups of disease, some types of cancer are more common than others.
The Cancer Care Team (CCT) at the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Cancer Center Institute employs a collaborative approach to treatment planning and care. This method brings together a multi-disciplinary care team to discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs along with other factors impacting upon his or her care.
The CCT approach is often described as a one-stop network shop. Simply put,
patients can attend one consultation where they are seen by various healthcare
professionals all at once. Patients need not shuffle from one clinic to another to seek the expertise of different specialists. This contrasts to the traditional system of cancer care.
CCT is well-documented and represents a globally accepted comprehensive
approach to treatment planning and customized care for cancer.
The Cancer Team meets regularly to:
- Evaluate patient profiles
- Review and discuss treatment plans
- Examine newly developed therapies
We’re working together in order to find the most effective treatment for each
Individual. Medical Professionals and educators at the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Cancer Institute work closely with patients and their family members. The approach also means that patients can rely on the combined expertise of cancer specialists to design the most effective combination of medicine or nutrition, surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy customized to his or her case. Each team may include:
- Medical Oncologist
- Gynecologic Oncologist
- Pediatric Oncologist
- Radiation Oncologist
- Palliative Care Physician
- Pain Medicine Specialist
- Clinical Social Workers
- Physical Therapist
The Cancer Care Team works together throughout the treatment process to ensure that patients receive the highly individualize program of care they need while undergoing complex, aggressive therapies.
The Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Cancer Institute 2010 Embracing HOPE through the BEST POSSIBLE CARE The Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Cancer Institute (DDVCI) is the first of its kind in Northern Luzon. This ensures that our patients in the region benefit from the most current screening, diagnostic, and treatment methods of cancer. Cancer Institute uses a comprehensive and aggressive multidisciplinary approach to cancer management. It uses sophisticated technology, the latest research coupled with personalized care and treatment from the country’s leading cancer specialists to ensure that patients get the appropriate therapy and support they need for their condition. Aside from diagnosis, management, treatment, rehabilitation, and aftercare, the Cancer Institute extends emotional and psychological support to cancer patients.