CaLM Care Team
Your interdisciplinary care team will be made up of experts, including oncologists, a dietitian, a genetic counselor, a psychiatrist, social workers, symptom management specialists, wellness experts and others, who will help you discover and focus on the things that are most important to you and your healing. Your team will work to minimize the stress and potential chaos of a cancer diagnosis by delivering services and resources that you and your loved ones need, all in one place.
In addition to world-class, personalized cancer treatment, the CaLM model of whole-person care provides wraparound services for patients, including Emotional, Mental & Behavioral Health Support, Palliative Care & Symptom Management, Access Navigation & Care Coordination, Nutritional Support, Fertility Preservation and Genetic Counseling. We are coordinating other services with community partners through warm referrals, including Fitness, Physical Therapy & Yoga, Integrative Therapy, Financial Counseling, and Legal Counseling.
Advanced Practice Providers (APP)
Your Advanced Practice Providers will work in collaboration with your disease management team (like your medical, radiation, or surgical oncologist) to manage the symptoms, treatment, and side effects of your cancer. They prioritize supporting your day-to-day physical health as you move through the cancer journey. They are your go-to expert in supportive care to help manage any pain and discomfort and optimize your healing. Your APPs are dedicated to helping you meet your treatment and care goals, and improving your quality of life.
Depending on the treatment plan that you and your care team decide upon, you may have the opportunity to participate in clinical research. Clinical research is critical to helping improve care for cancer patients in the future. Some clinical research, like tissue donation, helps our clinical team better understand cancer. Other kinds of clinical research, like clinical trials, are new ways to treat some cancers.
Clinical Social Worker
Caring for the whole person means addressing the mind, body and spirit. Cancer is stressful and emotionally challenging for you and your loved ones and acan impact all areas of life. The clinical social worker will be an integral part of your care team and will work with you to understand what is most important in your life. They will help you develop a plan to connect you to the support and resources you need to improve your coping and quality of life through your cancer experience. Clinical social workers have earned a Master’s level with particular training in helping individuals and families address and prevent any psychological, emotional, behavioral and/or social challenges that impact your function and ability to live your best life. They also have a strong knowledge of available resources in the community.
Nutrition and healthy eating can play an important role during the cancer treatment and survivorship journey. Having a dietician as part of your care team can increase your chance of success. Your oncology dietician will work to support your nutritional and dietary needs before, during and after your treatment, in a way that fits in to your lifestyle and your everyday.
Fertility Advanced Practice Provider
For those who are in their reproductive years, sometimes cancer or its treatment may impact fertility and ability to have a family. Our Fertility Advanced Practice Provider is here to educate patients of reproductive age about any risks of infertility and options to preserve fertility. Through the Cancer Fertility Preservation program, our advanced practitioner will work closely with the rest of your care team to ensure that you have all the fertility preservation education and resources you need and that you can access affordable fertility preservation options before cancer treatment begins so that you can have the opportunity to build a family later.
Our genetic counselor will be here to help you and your family understand genetic tests that you may need as part of you cancer treatment journey, to offer you information about cancer screening and prevention, and support you as you do any genetic testing. They will be here to advise you about how to talk your family members about any cancer risk, whether you are at risk of developing specific types of cancer based on your family history, and about special genetic tests that can give you more information about your risk of certain types of cancer.
Your medical oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer and provides medical care for people diagnosed with cancer. You may have a medical oncologist with a special focus on the type of cancer you have and he/she will oversee your cancer treatment if your treatment includes chemotherapy or other medications, such as targeted therapy or immunotherapy. Your medical oncologist may act as your main health care provider for directing your treatment, and they will also give supportive care and may coordinate cancer treatments given by other specialists.
- S. Gail Eckhardt, MD, FASCO - Gastrointestinal Oncologist
- Anna Capasso, MD, PhD - Gastrointestinal Oncologist
- M. Yvette Williams-Brown, MD - Gynecologic Oncologist
- William Matsui, MD - Hematologic Oncologist
- Laura Chow, MD - Head and Neck Oncologist, Lung Oncologist
Your oncology pharmacist is an important part of your care team, here to counsel you about new medications as well as educate you and your loved ones about chemotherapy, if chemo is part of your treatment plan. The pharmacist works closely with the medical oncologists and advanced practice providers to determine appropriate dosing and adjustments as needed. The oncology pharmacist is here to support your physical, mental, and emotional well-being as you move through the treatment journey, to make sure that you are feeling your best while taking medications and receiving chemotherapy.
Physiologic and emotional changes related to cancer and its treatment can bring about changes in mood, anxiety, and overall psychosocial wellness. Our team includes a psychiatrist with specialized experience in cancer care to address mental health concerns that impact your quality of life so that you can maintain a sense of meaningful engagement with the things that are most important to you.
If your treatment includes radiation therapy, your team may include a radiation oncologist. This is a doctor who has special training to use various types of external and/or internal radiation to help treat your cancer. Your radiation oncologist will work with the rest of your care team to ensure you have the best possible treatment.
Supportive and Survivorship Doctor
Your team includes an expert in supportive care and survivorship health issues. A board certified palliative care doctor adds expertise in symptom management and complex healthcare decision-making to your cancer care team for your entire treatment trajectory.
If your treatment includes surgery, your team may include a surgical oncologist. Our surgical oncologists are surgeons who have special training to perform surgeries to remove the tumor and/or nearby tissues during surgery. Your surgical oncologist will work with the rest of your care team to ensure you have the best possible treatment.