Compassionate Support Team

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The hematology-oncology center of care at the Istishari Hospital provides a wide range of chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological response modifiers, and symptom support services to our patients. On an inpatient and outpatient basis, the center is supported by a multidisciplinary healthcare team providing holistic care for cancer patients.

CLINICAL ONCOLOGY NURSES

At Istishari hospital, oncology nurses are registered nurses who administer chemotherapy in the hospital wards for inpatients and in the oncology clinics for outpatients. Chemotherapy administration nurses provide care for the patients and address all their questions and concerns relating to their chemotherapy treatment.

Our chemotherapy nurses work in cooperation with other health care team providers, to provide compassionate, high quality care. Chemotherapy nurses also help guide patients to effectively deal with chemotherapy side effects by providing medications accurately, as well as monitoring the patient's symptoms and communicating with physicians.

ONCOLOGY NURSE COORDINATOR

Oncology nurse coordinators have numerous responsibilities that include assessing the medical, emotional, and social needs of all cancer patients. They also coordinate access for social workers and other oncology staff; develop patient education materials, in addition to resolving a wide variety of transportation, medication, health insurance, and financial issues for our cancer patients.

At Istishari hospital's oncology center, our care coordinators arrange patient appointments while including those made with laboratories and specialty physicians, taking care to streamline patient visits whenever possible. The oncology nurse coordinator is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions and address your concerns.

CLINICAL AND OUTPATIENT PHARMACISTS

Oncology clinical pharmacists recommend, design, implement, monitor, and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans to optimize outcomes in patients with malignant diseases. They also coordinate the drug therapy process and provide patient education regarding drug information, dosing, and monitoring, outcomes, and side effects management.

The oncology clinical pharmacist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in an inpatient and outpatient setting to answer your inquiries and phone calls.

DIETARY SERVICES

Nutrition counseling and support is offered to all patients at the Istishari Hospital cancer care center. Our dietitians work closely with the patient's medical team, including oncologists, nurses, and the psychosocial services staff, to identify opportunities for nutritional intervention and support.

The nutrition services team recognizes that each patient has different needs based on their diagnosis and course of treatment. In order to provide superior, personalized care, each patient is screened for nutritional risk factors. The dietitian then conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment to develop a plan of care and identify needs for education and intervention; screen patients, develop a personalized dietary care plan, and educate patients during and after their cancer treatment.

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT

Oncology psychosocial specialists deal with cancer patients who have emotional, spiritual, social, and psychological problems by teaching them to function within their community. Treatments may address relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, often leading patients to work toward living independently.

Oncology psychosocial specialists assess a patient's current condition and level of social functionality, which in turn helps them to deal with his/her own special needs. Patients will also learn to communicate and socialize with others and achieve their own social integration goals. Our psychosocial specialists are available to intervene in crisis situations and to coordinate rehabilitation after patients finish the required treatment.

At Istishari Hospital, psychosocial professionals also work closely with terminally ill patients and their families to help them cope emotionally, as well as coordinate services with the appropriate palliative care or hospice team to help them enhance the quality of life for their loved ones.

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