Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 14, 2013

July 15, 2013 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Dr. Amy Shaw About Her Work With Patients Recovering From Cancer Treatments

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One in three cancer patients will experience ongoing health and psychological problems and challenges from side effects of cancer treatments that may persist years after therapies have ended. Cancer, more than almost any other disease, presents unique challenges to the patient, her family, and the community as a whole.  Additionally, even if the cancer is treated successfully, risks of recurrence or the development of a new cancer require close follow-ups and regular screenings.

For over 20 years, Dr. Amy Shaw has practiced family medicine in Sonoma County since 1992. She has served the community as an advocate for programs to improve women’s health. Over the years,  she developed a special interest and expertise in the primary care of men and women who are being treated for cancer and for those patients who continue to experience long-term complications after the completion of cancer therapies.

In 2011, Dr. Shaw was appointed the medical director of  the Primary Care Oncology and Survivorship Program of the Redwood Regional Medical Group in Santa Rosa. Her field of expertise is primary care oncology.

What are some of the issues that are looked at to support a patient both undergoing cancer treatments and recovering from therapies as the years go by? What can be done to support a holistic approach to all the other healthcare needs of the individual?  Some questions that Dr. Shaw asks both during and after cancer treatments  include “Is the patient taking all her other medications  and what difficulties might be impairing her ability to do so?” “What are some of the side effects of treatments she is feeling?” “Is she exercising and what can be done to improve her ability to do so?” “Is she sleeping?” “How is her appetite?” “How is her mental and spiritual health?” “What is her self image?” “Does she have supportive friends and family?”

These are only some of the issues that Dr. Shaw and others specializing in primary care oncology address in order to support  patients to lead the best possible lives both during and after recovering from cancer treatments. Dr. Shaw emphasizes that providing the best care to patients recovering from cancer therapies requires a multidisciplinary team and needs to be ongoing for the rest of a patient’s lifetime.

 

To listen to and/or download Corinne Frugoni’s conversation with Dr. Amy Shaw, click the following link      7-15-2013 Corinne with Amy Shaw

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