Diagnosed with Cancer? UMCP Is There Every Step of the Way
Apr 2, 2014
diagnosed with cancer, patients often feel scared, confused, or
overwhelmed. The skilled compassionate staff of the Edward & Marie
Matthews Center for Cancer Care at University Medical Center of
Princeton (UMCP) use an interdisciplinary approach to help patients
through every step.
Once a diagnosis is made, a patient will be referred to an
appropriate specialist. “This referral may be to an oncologist, but not
always,” says David Sokol, MD . “For instance, a referral could be made
to a surgeon for colon surgery. Oncologists can be involved at any time
to help explain the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Also, an
oncologist will work with other specialists such as radiologists and
pathologists to confirm the type and stage of cancer.”
the type and stage of cancer have been confirmed, a treatment plan will
be made. Treatments vary from medications—some classified as
chemotherapy and others classified as hormonal—to radiation and surgery.
“Often patients need more than one type of treatment, and care needs to
be coordinated among the different specialists,” notes Dr. Sokol, board
certified in hematology, internal medicine, and medical oncology. “In
addition to a nurse navigator to help guide the patient through this, we
have weekly conferences to discuss patients and get input from all
specialists in formulating a treatment plan.”
UMCP’s nurse navigator provides a unique service for patients,
guiding them through their treatment. The nurse navigator acts as a
coordinator and may offer resources to patients for support, address
financial concerns or language issues, or even handle transportation
needs. The nurse navigator is available to assist patients and their
A cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a process with many different
options. UMCP’s Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care,
multidisciplinary approach, and trained staff are making that process
easier for patients every day.
To find a physician affiliated with Princeton Medicine, call 1.800.FIND.A.DR (1.800.346.3237) or visit www.princetonhcs.org.