The UMGCC Care Team
Patient care at UMGCC is provided by teams of professionals with expertise in cancer care. Our entire team is ready to answer your questions, provide support and coordinate your care to make your treatment experience as smooth as possible.
The cancer center is part of a large teaching hospital, which means that our
patients have access to the latest, most innovative treatments available.
Depending on your diagnosis and your particular needs, you may meet the following cancer
Our health care professionals strive to provide the most advanced and comprehensive treatment available in a compassionate and supportive setting.
Your Attending Physician
The physicians supervising patient care are members of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Senior physicians are assisted by fellows (physicians in specialized oncology training), residents (physicians in advanced internal medicine training), and oncology nurse practitioners (nurses with advanced degree training).
Our highly skilled staff of nurses
are committed to providing patients with the best care possible. The UMGCC nursing
staff consistently receives a rating of "excellent" in patient satisfaction
surveys. They play an important role in delivering patient care and in working
with patients to coordinate care at home. The staff consists of nurse practitioners,
inpatient staff nurses, infusion nurses, nurse coordinators, case managers and
research nurses. If you or your family have questions, contact your nurse. Your
nurse can help connect you with the nurse manager, social worker, case manager,
or patient advocate.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Care
Patients with cancer often have a complex array of medical needs that may require
a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Recognizing that
a team approach is the most beneficial way to provide coordinated treatment
for our patients, UMGCC takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
Our treatment programs
bring together experts from Surgical
Oncology and Radiation
Oncology to develop the most effective care plan for each patient. Our coordinated
diagnostic and treatment approach gives patients access to all the options available
for treating their disease, with the convenience of seeing all of the oncology
doctors in the same visit.
In all of our programs, we emphasize communication with patients, family members,
and referring physicians. We keep all parties up-to-date on the course of treatment,
and encourage patients and families to take an active part in the treatment
planning process. We value the relationships our patients have with their family
physicians and make every effort to ensure that patients' referring physicians
are kept up-to-date on their treatment at UMGCC. We also offer patients a convenient
way to stay connected with loved ones during medical treatment, with personalized
patient web pages. (See CaringBridge
patient web pages.)
Research is a vitally important part of our work because it leads us to new
and innovative ways to diagnose and care for our patients. We have an active
translational research program,
and our experts are continually developing innovative approaches to diagnostic
evaluation and treatment. UMGCC physicians are active as leaders in national
cooperative groups that are studying and developing treatments for different
forms of cancer. Learn more about our current research studies, or clinical