Medical oncology is the practice of using medications or chemotherapy to treat and manage cancer. There are three medical oncologists who practice at The Cancer Center of East Alabama: Dr. Edith Graves, Dr. Linda Farmer, and Dr. Brandon Johnson.
Chemotherapy uses special medications or a combination of medications to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy sometimes is the primary treatment for certain types of cancer, or it can be combined with other forms of treatment such as surgery or radiation therapy. Many factors will determine the length and the frequency of the treatments. Prior to the start, your medical oncologist will explain your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. A specific, customized treatment plan is developed by the physician for each patient.
At the Cancer Center of East Alabama, our staff includes registered nurses certified in chemotherapy administration, and oncology-certified registered nurses provide clinical support. Our in-house pharmacists, who provide our clinical pharmacy services, are board-certified.
Chemotherapy uses special medications or a combination of medications to kill cancer cells.
Oncology nurses – Oncology nurses are registered nurses who have received specialized training and/or certification in the management and treatment of people with cancer. These may include infusion nurses, who provide care to patients by administering fluids, chemotherapy, or blood products intravenously or via arterial catheters. Our nurses are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society.
Pharmacists – Our in-house pharmacists have the expertise to ensure that the medications you need are ready when you need them. They are involved in all aspects of patient care, from chemotherapy dose preparation and safety checks to educating patient about side effects.
Registered dietitian - Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. The Cancer Center’s team includes a registered dietitian with special training in nutrition counseling for people undergoing cancer treatment.
Oncology social workers - Oncology social workers provide counseling, education, and information services, and referrals to community resources to people with cancer and their families and friends. In addition, oncology social workers help people navigate the health care system and find support to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.
Breast Health Navigator - The Breast Health Navigator, Colleen Alsobrook, RN, BSN, is the one person patients can call about anything related to their breast cancer diagnosis and is a primary point of contact throughout their treatment. She also may provide cancer information, connect the patient to cancer resources, and lend emotional support.