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UCLA Oncology Physicians
More than 50 physicians treat patients in the Oncology Center at UCLA. UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital, and patients are usually seen by either a fellow or a resident and an attending faculty member.
These physicians are:
- Attending physicians: physicians who specialize in hematology and oncology and are faculty members at the UCLA School of Medicine.
- Fellows: physicians who have completed their training in internal medicine and are pursuing specialized training in hematology and oncology.
- Residents: physicians undergoing post-graduate training in internal medicine or surgery.
Our physicians are dedicated to providing you, the patient, with the most effective care and treatment possible. Should you need additional medical care outside the Oncology Center, our physicians can refer you to other physician specialists at UCLA, assuring easy, efficient access to high-quality care.
Our physicians take a personal interest in their patients and their patients' families. They are experts in patient care and education and together with staff members will provide you with the latest available information regarding your care and treatment.
Our physicians have access to the most current diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available, including clinical trials. When possible, diagnostic testing and treatment will take place at UCLA Medical Plaza. However, a full range of hospital services is available at UCLA Medical Center and in Santa Monica.
Oncology Center patients are usually seen in "site specific" clinics. These clinics bring together physicians with particular expertise and interest in a specific form of disease and make possible an efficient concentration of expertise and a full exchange of views about diagnosis and treatment.
Clinics are offered in the following specialties:
- Breast cancer
- Cancers of the central nervous system
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- General hematology and oncology
- Gynecologic cancers
- Head and neck cancers
- Hematologic diseases
- Multiple myeloma
- Renal and genito-urinary cancers
- Surgical oncology
- Thoracic oncology
Oncology Center Services
The Oncology Center offers these services to patients:
- Medical and surgical consultations
- Minor surgical procedures
- Cancer detection and prevention
- Nutrition and dietary counseling
- Patient education
- Individual and family counseling
- Social services
- Symptom management
UCLA Oncology Center patients may be treated in the Radiation Oncology department, also located in UCLA Medical Plaza.
The Treatment Center
If your oncology physician prescribes chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or if blood transfusion or blood products are needed, your treatment may take place in the treatment center, which is located within the UCLA Oncology Center.
The treatment center is a modern, comfortable facility with 13 infusion areas on the first floor and space for an additional seven patients, and two private rooms on the second floor. The first floor infusion areas are adjacent to a pleasant garden and fountains and the second floor space includes a patio that overlooks the garden below. While receiving treatment, patients may sit in the garden area, read, watch television or videos, or listen to CDs or tapes as they wish. A light lunch is offered to patients whose treatment lasts four hours or longer. Coffee, tea, soda, juice and bottled water are always available. Friends and family members accompanying patients will find numerous restaurants within easy walking distance.
Nurses who are certified in oncology care staff the treatment center. These registered nurses are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to their patients. An oncology physician is always immediately available to further assure the highest level of patient care. Medications used in the treatment center are prepared in a specialized pharmacy adjacent to the center.
In planning for your appointment in the treatment center, please allow an extra 30 minutes for laboratory results to be reported and for medications to be prepared by the pharmacy. The time needed for your treatment will vary, depending upon the medication(s) prescribed for you. Patients should wear comfortable clothing and be accompanied by a friend or family member when receiving treatment. Some medications may cause drowsiness or other side effects, so it may be helpful for someone to be with you during treatment and to provide transportation.