Cancer Medical Experts

Medical Experts in Cancer Care

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.


Oncologists

Urological Oncologist, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Bladder  Cancer | Dr. Christopher Weight

Dr. Christopher Weight



Oncologist: Specializing in urological oncology, including kidney, prostate, bladder, and more; president of Climb 4 Kidney Cancer
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-sized teaching institution
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Lymphoma, Leukemia, Myeloma Doctor, Hematologist Oncologist: Dr. Babis Andreadis | The Patient Story

Dr. Babis Andreadis, Blood Cancer Specialist



Oncologist: Specializing in blood cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma
Experience: 20+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large teaching institution
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Breast Cancer Oncologist: HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative | Dr. Doug Blayney, Stanford

Dr. Doug Blayney, Breast Cancer Specialist



Oncologist: Specializing in breast cancer | HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative, Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy
Experience: 30+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large teaching institution
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Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Biehl: Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Treatment, IMRT | The Patient Story

Dr. Kenneth Biehl, Radiation Therapy



Oncologist: Specializing in radiation therapy treatment for all cancers | Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Treatment, IMRT
Experience: 10 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-range but largest in region
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Myeloma Doctor, James Berenson, Oncologist | The Patient Story

Dr. James Berenson, Multiple Myeloma Specialist



Oncologist: Specializing in myeloma and other blood and bone disorders
Experience: 35+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large private practice
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CLL Doctor (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) Dr. Jacqueline Barrientos, Oncologist | The Patient Story

Dr. Jacqueline Barrientos, CLL Specialist



Oncologist: Specializing in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) | 17p Deletion (Ibrutinib, Acalabrutinib, Venetoclax), IgHV mutation
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Large institution
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Lung Cancer (Thoracic) Oncologist, Immunotherapy: Dr. D. Ross Camidge | The Patient Story

Dr. D. Ross Camidge, Lung Cancer Specialist



Oncologist: Specializing in thoracic oncology. Small Cell (Immunotherapy), EGFR (Osimertinib), ALK (Alectinib), ROS1 (Crizotinib), BRAF (Dabrafenib & Trametinib), NTRK
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-sized institution
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Ask An Oncologist: Barriers & Learnings In Treating Culturally Chinese Patients  | Dr. Edmund Tai

Dr. Edmund Tai



Oncologist: General oncologist, hematologist. Specialist in treating Chinese speaking patients. Barriers & Learnings.
Experience: 30+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large private practice
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Myeloma Doctor, Hematologist-Oncologist, Clinical Trials: Dr. Rafael Fonseca

Dr. Rafael Fonseca, Myeloma Specialist



Hematologist: Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of myeloma; defining sub-type distinctions | Clinical Trials, Selinexor, Darzalex
Experience: 25+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large institution
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Myeloma Doctor, Hematologist-Oncologist, Clinical Trials: Dr. Irene Ghobrial | The Patient Story

Dr. Irene Ghobrial, Blood Cancer Oncologist



Oncologist: Clinical investigator and professor of hematological oncology | MGUS, Smolder Myeloma, Early Screening, Clinical Trials
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Large institution
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CLL/SLL Specialist – CAR T, Acalabrutinib, Ibrutinib, Idelalisib, Venetoclax: Dr. Tim Fenske | The Patient Story

Dr. Tim Fenske, Leukemia & Lymphoma Specialist



Oncologist: Specializing in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) & other leukemia and lymphoma | CAR T, Acalabrutinib, Ibrutinib, Idelalisib, Venetoclax
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-sized institution
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Cancer Clinical Trials, CAR T-Cell Therapy, Bone Marrow Transplants, GVHD | Dr. David Miklos

Dr. David Miklos, CAR T, Blood Cancers, Transplants



Role: Hematologist-oncologist, clinical director of immunotherapy program
Specialties: Blood cancers (lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma), CAR T-cell therapy, blood and marrow transplantation
Hospital: Stanford Medical
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Nurses and Nurse Navigators

Cancer Nurse Navigator: What Questions to Ask Nurses

Bernadette Lucas-Burch, Nurse Navigator



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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Ask A Cancer Nurse | Former Cancer Survivor

Brianna Banachoski, Hem-Onc Nurse



Nurse: works 12-hour shifts on blood oncology floor
Experience: was a lymphoma patient, became a nurse in early 2019
Hospital size: mid-range
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Cancer Nurse | Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Stem Cell Transplant

Jennifer Hagerty, Cancer Clinic Nurse



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

Certified Licensed Genetic Counselor, Oncology

Angela Brickle, Genetic Counselor



Genetic counselor: helps cancer patients and their families with genetic testing
Experience: ~5 years
Hospital size: Mid-sized edu
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Social Workers

Oncology Social Worker Q&A: Supporting Cancer Patients and Hospitals

Lia Akhilanda, Social Worker



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

Oncology Clinical Trial Program Manager | UC Davis, Kaiser, Dignity Health, Sutter, Sierra

Kris Curl Johnston, Program Manager



Program Manager: primary contact for area oncologists and patients needing a phase I trial.
Experience: ~20 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution
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Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Doctor, Cancer

Yelena Deshko, N.D.



Naturopathic Doctor: Part of integrative cancer care, help with complementary therapies
Experience: 10+ years
Treatment Center: Integrative Clinic
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Cancer Naturopathic Doctor & Caregiver of Lymphoma Patient

Dr. Heather Paulson



Naturopathic Doctor: Part of integrative cancer care, help with complementary therapies
Experience: 15 years
Treatment Center: Integrative Clinic
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