Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of blood and cancer diseases, Medical Specialists of Fairfield focuses on treating the whole person and not just the disease. With medical specialties in oncology and hematology, our physicians have trained at world-renowned cancer facilities–so you don’t have to go far for world-class cancer care.
Oncology is the medical subspecialty internal medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and tumors. Your medical oncologist at Medical Specialists of Fairfield will provide your care from the moment of diagnosis through the course of the disease. An expert at comprehensive evaluations to determine your best course of cancer treatment, your medical oncologist will thoroughly explain the diagnosis and meaning of the disease stage, discuss your treatment options, recommend the best course of treatment, provide an unparalleled level of care and improve your quality of life through a combination of curative therapy, palliative care for pain, symptom management, and a unique understanding of the emotional side-effects associated with cancer.
Each patient’s treatment plan is developed individually for each respective patient, with the benefit of consultation from the entire staff of Medical Specialists. Your medical oncologist will map out your treatment options and coordinate your care among varying specialists, including surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, etc., depending upon your diagnosis and your treatment plan.
Hematology is the medical subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the causes and treatment disorders of the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic systems, including anemias, disorders of white blood cells or platelets, aplastic anemia and other bone marrow failures, abnormal clotting and bleeding, Hodgkin’s disease and blood malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, hairy cell leukemia and related problems. These conditions include benign (non-cancerous) disorders, as well as cancers that occur in blood.
Once diagnosed, cancer is often treated by a team of oncologists, usually at least two of the three types – medical, surgical or radiation oncologists. The team may also include a pathologist, a diagnostic radiologist, and an oncology nurse.
This team approach combines the unique skills of several different disciplines into one consulting group. This is an advantage, since cancer treatment frequently involves a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.
In new or difficult cases of cancer, a tumor board will be called upon to review the case. Consisting of medical experts from all relevant disciplines, tumor boards consult on the best course of treatment for an individual patient.