The Caregiver Perspective

Medical Caregivers

The doctors, nurses, and care team at the hospital or clinic are an integral part of the cancer experience. Hear directly from those who have worked in the industry for years.

 

Personal Caregivers

When patients go home, they rely on help outside of medical staff. Usually this comes from the spouse, parents, siblings, and/or friends. Hear from those who’ve cared for their loved ones and what helped them most.


Medical Caregivers

Oncologists

Dr. Babis Andreadis

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

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: 10 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-range but largest in region

Dr. James Berenson

Oncologist: Specializing in myeloma and other blood and bone disorders
Experience: 35+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large private practice

Dr. Edmund Tai

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

Dr. Rafael Fonseca

Hematologist: Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of myeloma; defining sub-type distinctions
Experience: 25+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large institution

Nurse

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

Jennifer Hagerty

Clinic nurse: works mostly outpatient
Experience: 12 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution

Brianna Banachoski

Nurse: works 12-hour shifts on blood oncology floor
Experience: was a lymphoma patient, became a nurse in early 2019
Hospital size: mid-range

Social Worker

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

 

Personal Caregivers

Spouse

The Spouse Perspective

Hear from real spouses of cancer patients on issues like:

• Supporting one another
• Communicating
• Coping with new emotions
• Making decisions
• New social life
• Changing sexual relationship

 

Author & Expert (on Caregiving)

Barbara Kivowitz
Caregiver Expert & Author

“A critical ingredient we need throughout our lives in all circumstances is hope. Hope can exist and persist even when a cure is not possible. You can attach hope to anything.”