Your oncology nurses have a wealth of experience and knowledge and will coordinate your care during your clinic visits and treatments. They work closely with your physicians to ensure that your treatment progresses as planned and that your side effects are minimized. Oncology Nurses will educate you about your treatment, in some cases, administer that treatment and monitor your physical and emotional well being. Strong Memorial Hospital is accredited as a Magnet institution for Nursing, a designation reserved for only 2% of the nation’s hospitals. It signifies a commitment and achievement of quality care and professional practice.
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Nurses with advanced education who work in collaboration with your physicians to provide physical examinations, evaluations and follow-up during and after your treatment. Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medications, order testing and perform procedures and may see you independently during and after your treatment.
Your therapists provide you your radiation treatment, operating complex treatment machines which deliver the dose of radiation prescribed by your doctor. Our therapists are specially trained and licensed in this specialty and exercise highly specialized safety checks to ensure your treatment is delivered accurately.
Our pharmacists, specialists in chemotherapy, ensure that your medications and chemotherapy are properly prepared and dispensed as per your doctor’s prescriptions. They work closely with your doctors and nurses during and after treatment and are available to help you understand your medications.
Oncology Social Workers
Our social workers will assist you with support and counseling and are also available to help with financial concerns, along with our financial counselors. Our social workers facilitate many support groups for the benefit of patients and their families. They can refer you to community resources to help with your needs.
Your clinical technologists assist the nursing staff by obtaining your vital signs and placing you in examination rooms as well as many other important support functions.
We have on-site phlebotomy staff to draw your blood for testing.
Clerical Support Staff
Our “behind the scenes” staff answer the telephones, schedule your appointments and maintain your records, including processing disability forms and other administrative tasks.
Our on-site financial counselors will assist you with issues related to insurance and other financial concerns.
Cancer Center Volunteers and Ambassadors
We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who assist patients in a variety of ways. Ambassadors help with providing directions to patients and families when they visit our center.
Our registered dieticians are available to assist with nutritional counseling and recommendations for diet during and after treatment
Our physical therapists help with strength training and conditioning during and after treatment.