The Caregiver Perspective

Caregivers are an integral part of the cancer experience. There are two main types of caregivers: medical and personal. This page is dedicated to both.

I. Medical Caregivers (physicians, nurses, social workers): learn more about the different players on a medical team and how they can help you.
II. Personal Caregivers (family member, friend): read stories from personal caregivers to get tips on how to manage care at home.

I. Medical Caregivers

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Dr. Babis Andreadis

• Oncologist: Specializing in blood cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma
• Experience: 20 years
• Hospital/clinic size: Large teaching institution

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Dr. Doug Blayney

• Oncologist: Specializing in breast cancer
• Experience: 30 years
• Hospital/clinic size: Large teaching institution


Dr. Kenneth Biehl

• Oncologist: Specializing in radiation therapy treatment for all cancers
• Experience: 8 years
• Hospital/clinic size: Mid-range but largest in region


Dr. Edmund Tai

• Oncologist: General oncologist, hematologist. Specialty in helping Chinese-speaking patients and caregivers.
• Experience: 30+ years
• Hospital/clinic size: Large private practice



Bernadette Lucas-Burch

• Nurse Navigator: help cancer patients and caregivers at diagnosis through treatment.
• Experience: 35 years
• Hospital size: Mid-range but largest in the region

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Jennifer Hagerty

Clinic nurse: works mostly outpatient
Experience: 10 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution


Social Worker

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Lia Akhilanda

• Social worker: help cancer patients & caregivers on issues like insurance coverage, disability, and housing during treatment.
Experience: 10 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution


II. Personal Caregivers

Cancer doesn't only hit the person who gets the diagnosis. Spouses and partners, family members, and friends usually take on a lot to help the patient navigate treatment and quality of life issues.  Hear from those who've gone through almost everything alongside their loved ones, from pre-diagnosis through post-treatment.

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From the Wife

Nicole's husband had refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma and was told he had three months to live in October 2017. Thanks to her dedication to research and approval for Car T cell therapy, her husband was in remission just months later.