Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology is a branch of medicine that specializes in treating cancer. Medical oncologists are physicians who manage a cancer patient’s treatment and often consult with other specialty physicians to coordinate treatment and provide a multidisciplinary approach to care. David Irwin, M.D., leads the J.C. Robinson, MD Regional Cancer Center’s Medical Oncology program. The medical oncology program provides a full range of treatments that include chemotherapy, blood transfusions, immunotherapy infusions, and other supportive care. These services are all conveniently available in one location – at the Regional Cancer Center. Patients with cancer and blood disorders can see board certified medical oncologists during the entire course of their care from diagnosis and staging through treatment planning and follow up.

 

David Irwin, M.D.

Director, J.C. Robinson Medical Oncology Program

“I love helping my patients get access to the very best care available for their cancer or blood disorder diagnosis. It’s a pleasure to work with my colleagues here at Doctors Medical Center to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment for my patients.

 

Working at DMC is very enjoyable to me because I feel I have the best team possible supporting me, and we all work together for the benefit and well-being of our patients.

 

We work hard to make our patients’ experiences here as stress-free as possible, and provide a warm, caring environment to help meet the needs of both our patients and their families. Frequently, we hear from our patients how “wonderful” the staff treats them and that they feel well cared for throughout their cancer journey.

 

I am proud to work in an environment where my job is meaningful and worthwhile. It is rewarding to know we have such a great place for our patients to go during one of the most difficult times in their lives.”

 

Scheduling your appointment

Open Monday through Friday

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone: (510) 970-5284    Fax: (510) 970-5387

 

Preparing for your appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment and bring a list of all your medications (over the counter and prescribed), vitamins and supplements as well as their dosages, your insurance card and photo ID to every appointment.

 

What to expect during your appointment

Our patients work with their medical oncologists throughout their care because these physicians are responsible for coordinating all parts of their care. A patient’s recovery and well-being involves care from a team that is made up of many kinds of healthcare professionals.

Meeting with our medical oncologists may include:

  • Diagnosis and education about the form and stage of cancer
  • Evaluating treatment paths to ensure patients and their loved ones feel comfortable with their choices and have confidence in the care they receive.
  • Assessments and referrals for supportive services that may include palliative care, physical therapy, pain management, spiritual guidance, nutrition and social support.

Other resources

American Cancer Society

Get information on cancer, how to stay healthy, find support and treatment, explore research, get involved, all from one of the most trusted organizations.

 

Journey Forward

These days, more and more people survive cancer. But once treatment ends, many survivors feel lost and unsure about their next steps. Journey Forward can help.

 

National Cancer Institute

Credible, current cancer information from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) on topics including types of cancer; breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer; clinical trials; cancer topics; about NCI.