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Cancer Institution at St. Joseph Medical Center- Part II

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In Part I, I ended that article with the following questions: Are Cancer Institutions looking for the cause or cure; or are they the answer to a temporary bandage with their treatment programs? Why should you and your loves consider the Breast Center of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center? Do they have a success rate? What makes this breast cancer institution different from any others. Do oncology staff and others at the breast cancer institute at St. Joseph Medical Center listen to the patients and are patients frustrated with overwhelming information being pushed on them? Is the medical staff at the Cancer Institution at St. Joseph Medical Center truly meeting the needs of their patients or are they more interested in the financial needs of the institution. Bottom line, are they about the money or is it patient first!

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Dr. Michael J. Schultz, Medical Director of the Breast Cancer Center at St. Joseph Medical Center responded to the questions in Part I. “So, the answer to your question is undeniably that all of us who work here do so because we want to provide superior care in a loving and warm environment for our patients all of whom become "family members". To be able to provide state-of-the-art care with the best consultants, the latest diagnostic equipment, and cutting edge devices, we need to understand the "business" of healthcare. Today, insurance monies simply don't provide all the needed funds. Our Foundation and our generous patients help as do major philanthropists. So, we do have to do fund-raising and develop relationships with the community. Most of us working here do so out of dedication. Yes, we get paid; however, all of the staff you mentioned in your article (and more) who have worked with me 20 years or more, took substantial "cuts" in salary, and have not had their salaries keep up with inflation, because they WANT to be part of our center and help in our mission. The consultants who work here would all make much more in a private practice setting. They are hard-working and dedicated. Our entire Cancer Institute staff works together to help our patients and their families through very difficult times.”, said Dr. Schultz.

When I asked Dr. Schultz what makes his office different from other departments within the cancer treatment program he responded, “my office is ran like a private practice.” According to a patient being treated at St. Joseph Medical Center Cancer Institute, “the cancer treatment area is operated differently than the the family friendly atmosphere in Dr. Schultz's area. There is a personal warm attitude that comes from the friendly trained nurses working in the infusion area. They get to know patients and then began sharing there personal thoughts on lifestyle changes. Such personal thoughts are great but can be a bit confusing when attempting to explore their different personal ideas.”

According to the U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group reported on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, “The most common cancer among women is Breast Cancer. The leading cause of death among women second to lung cancer is Breast Cancer. First among Hispanic women (Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/ Alaska Native). Second among White, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.” For more information go to: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/women.htm

It is a huge business advantage to any medical entity that embraces the Cancer industry. There are many forms of cancer, there is a growing need for medical research and a cure, and it does not discriminate against the rich or poor.

In case you missed it here is the link to, Cancer Institution at St. Joseph Medical Center Part I: http://www.examiner.com/article/cancer-institution-at-st-joseph-medical-...
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