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 on what you can ask them about, their guidance on navigating a cancer diagnosis, and what got them passionate about working with patients in the first place.
We have interviews with oncologists from across all cancer specialities, including breast, colorectal, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney, leukemia, multiple myeloma, lung.
Also explore interviews with the medical staff members you’ll most likely see and interact with the most, including nurses and social workers. While doctors have answers to your medical questions, this part of the care team will often be the go-to people for navigating the day-to-day life with cancer.
For stories from the people who’ve been in your shoes right now, don’t forget to check out our extensive library of cancer patient stories, and those from our wonderful personal caregivers.
Doug Blayney, MD
Specializing in breast cancer | HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative, Lumpectomy vs. MastectomyExperience:
Dr. Fayanju, MD, MA Role
: Chief, Division of Breast Surgery Focus:
Breast Cancer Provider
: Penn Medicine
SABCS 2022 Highlights
Top breast cancer doctors Dr. Paolo Tarantino with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Dr. Lola Fayanju with Penn Medicine discuss the big highlights from this year’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Blood Cancers (Hematology)
Rafael Fonseca, MD
Interim executive director, hematologist-oncologist Focus:
Multiple myeloma, new drug developmentInstitution:
Farrukh Awan, MD
Hematologist-oncologist, associate professorFocus:
Leukemias, Lymphomas, BMTInstitution:
Nina Shah, MD
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Kerry Rogers, MD
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL)Institution:
Tim Fenske, MD, MS
chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) & leukemia and lymphoma | CAR T, targeted therapyProvider:
Medical College of Wisconsin
Irene Ghobrial, MD
Clinical investigator and professor of hematological oncology Focus:
Multiple myeloma, Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, early screening, clinical trialsProvider:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
Edmund Tai, M.D.
General oncologist, hematologistFocus:
Specialist in treating Chinese-speaking patientsProvider:
Sutter Health (Bay Area, CA)
Jacqueline Barrientos, MD
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), lymphoma, 17p Deletion (Ibrutinib, Acalabrutinib, Venetoclax), IgHV mutationProvider:
Northwell Health (NYC)
James Berenson, MD
Specializing in myeloma and other blood and bone disordersExperience:
Berenson Cancer Center
Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH
Gastrointestinal oncologist Focus:
Young-onset colorectal cancer, microbiomeProvider:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
Mark Lewis, MD, is not just an oncologist, he's a cancer survivor, himself. This gives him a unique perspective as both physician and patient. Hear more about his thoughts on second opinions and importance of self-advocacy.
Patients and doctors share their real-life colonoscopy experiences
Cancer Survivorship Care Plan for Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients
Dr. D. Ross Camidge, M.D., Ph.D.
Thoracic oncologist, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research ProgramsFocus:
Lung cancer, small cell (Immunotherapy), EGFR (Osimertinib), ALK (Alectinib), ROS1 (Crizotinib), BRAF (Dabrafenib & Trametinib), NTRKProvider:
Univ. of Colorado
Dr. Kenneth Biehl, M.D.
Specializing in radiation therapy treatment for all cancers | Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Treatment, IMRTProvider:
Salinas Valley Memorial Health
Dr. Samuel Washington, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor of Urology, UCSF
Treatment disparities in bladder cancer treatment
University of California San Francisco
Dr. Christopher Weight, M.D.
Center Director Urologic OncologyFocus:
Urological oncology, including kidney, prostate, bladder cancersProvider:
Nurses and Nurse Navigators
What Is a Clinical Trial Really?
Clinical trials can be confusing to navigate, so The Patient Story partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to discuss what a clinical trial is, the phases of a clinical trial, and figuring out the logistics of paperwork, scans, and finances.
Julie McFadden, Hospice Nurse
For last 5 years, helps patients and families understand end of life optionsExperience:
Introduction to hospice, education
Brianna Banachoski, Hem-Onc Nurse
works 12-hour shifts on blood oncology floorExperience:
was a lymphoma patient, became a nurse in early 2019Hospital size:
Bernadette Lucas-Burch, Nurse Navigator
help cancer patients and caregivers at diagnosis through treatment.Experience:
35+ yearsHospital size:
Mid-range but largest in the region
Angela Brickle, Genetic Counselor
helps cancer patients and their families with genetic testingExperience:
~5 yearsHospital size:
Lia Akhilanda, Social Worker
help cancer patients & caregivers on issues like insurance coverage, disability, and housing during treatment.Experience:
10 yearsHospital size:
Large teaching institution
Oncology Clinical Trial Program Managers
Dr. Donald Abrams
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine