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Ask an Oncology Expert with Dr. Kruti Patel

July 28, 2021
In the technology-focused field of radiation oncology, Dr. Kruti Patel, Radiation Oncologist, Medical Oncologist & Hematologist in the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC, finds it meaningful to provide a sense of comfort to her female patients, especially those dealing with breast and gynecological cancers.

“Women’s health is very important to me, and no patient should ever feel embarrassed to discuss her symptoms or side effects,” she said.

On July 27, Dr. Patel answered questions and addressed concerns about women's health, treating breast and gynecological cancer using radiation, and more.

Top Three Takeaways

  1. There are many factors that determine whether or not a patient will need radiation treatment. Some are based on the type and stage of cancer, what is found during surgery, and/or the patient's overall health and age. Radiation oncologists work with other members of GBMC’s multi-disciplinary care team to determine the best course of treatment for each patient.
  2. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a high-dose treatment that focuses on a small target. Oftentimes, the entire tumor is able to be removed from the location using this method. SBRT is proven to be very effective as an alternative for early stage lung cancer patients who opt out of surgery.
  3. The future of cancer care is ever evolving and becoming more patient-centered, especially here at GBMC. Dr. Patel is completing an Integrative Oncology fellowship to better serve her patients’ interests in complementary medicine while providing the advanced cancer care they need. She treats the whole patient, combining the latest radiation technology with a commitment to addressing emotional and physical side effects of the diagnosis and necessary treatments.
Community support is vital in continuing to maintain the latest and greatest technology for radiation therapy. Additionally, many patients are required to have daily treatments, which for some, makes it difficult to obtain transportation five days a week for multiple weeks. We are proud to be able to provide vouchers for transportation because of so many generous donations from our community.

To support Dr. Patel and radiation oncology patients, please consider making a contribution to the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute.
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