A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, caregivers, administrators and support staff will take care of you:
Your surgeon leads your care team, providing diagnoses and treatment recommendations as well as performing your surgery and overseeing your recovery and post-surgical care.
Your medical oncologist diagnoses and treats cancer through nonsurgical methods, including drug and hormone treatments. Many of our medical oncologists lead clinical research studies exploring advanced and alternative treatments. If surgery is not an appropriate treatment, a medical oncologist will be your primary physician.
Your nurse coordinator is your advocate and care manager. Studies show that using nurse coordinators can reduce the length of hospital stays and enhance patient outcomes.
Practice nurses provide the day-to-day care during your stay, administering medicines, tracking your vital signs, reviewing general test results, reporting to other members of your team and responding to specific needs. They are available around the clock to answer questions and to help you through your treatment.
The Associate Director of Clinical Operations (ADCO) oversees clinical trials and is responsible for ensuring compliance with both federal regulations and Yale Medicine Urology's standard operating procedures and care protocols. For patients participating in a clinical study, the ADCO makes certain your care follows the study's standards and that those standards are consistent with your needs as a patient.
Your intake specialist helps us determine whether you might be an appropriate candidate for one of our clinical trials. Eligibility is based on both the best interests of the patient and the needs of each particular study, and intake specialists are expert at understanding both.
Pharmacists work with the rest of your care team to make sure you are given the proper medicine, at the proper dosage, without adverse effects. Pharmacists are always available to answer any questions you might have about your medications and their interactions with other medicines you might take.
Your social worker is there for you for emotional support and practical advice in getting through an emotionally charged and difficult period for you and your loved ones. For pediatric patients, your social worker will also work with the child's school to ensure that he or she gets the support needed to function well upon to the classroom.
Patient relations staff are here to help you and your family members with questions, concerns or any unmet needs. Whether arranging transportation or tracking down a spare toothbrush, it is their job to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible.