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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

Ask A Urological Oncologist, Dr. Weight | Kidney, Prostate, Bladder

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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Blood Cancer Oncologist / Hematologist (Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma) | Dr. Babis Andreadis

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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Ask A Breast Cancer Oncologist, Dr. Doug Blayney | HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative, Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy

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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Ask A Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Biehl | Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Treatment, IMRT

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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Ask An Oncologist: Multiple Myeloma | Dr. James Berenson, M.D.

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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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Specialist | Dr. Barrientos

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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Ask A Lung Cancer Thoracic Oncologist | Dr. Camidge | Small Cell (Immunotherapy), EGFR (Osimertinib), ALK (Alectinib), ROS1 (Crizotinib), BRAF (Dabrafenib & Trametinib), NTRK

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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Ask A Myeloma Specialist | Dr. Rafael Fonseca, M.D. | Basics, Clinical Trials, Selinexor, Darzalex

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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Ask A Multiple Myeloma Hematologist-Oncologist: MGUS, Smolder Myeloma, Early Screening, Clinical Trials | Dr. Irene Ghobrial, M.D.

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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Ask A CLL/SLL Specialist – CAR T, Acalabrutinib, Ibrutinib, Idelalisib, Venetoclax | Dr. Tim Fenske, M.D., M.S.

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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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
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
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

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

Social Workers

Oncology Social Worker | Questions Cancer Patients Should Ask

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

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

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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