APPROACH TO CANCER CARE AT UPMC BEACON HOSPITAL
Our multidisciplinary approach to care provides the most comprehensive care for each person diagnosed with cancer. This approach allows us to utilize the skills of specialists in every discipline to determine the most effective and complete treatments for all types of cancer. Patients at UPMC Beacon Hospital directly benefit from this approach and are treated by a team of individuals who provide their depth of knowledge, skills and experience in both common and rare types of cancer. These teams are organized by the type and stage of the patient's disease in order to give the most appropriate level of care. The cancer centre at UPMC Beacon Hospital provides all cancer unit services to the local and national population and has the ability to perform complex surgical, radiation and chemotherapy procedures.
Much of the cancer-related activity takes place on an outpatient basis. At UPMC Beacon Hospital we provide outpatient services that include specialists from medical oncology, radiation oncology, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, social services, nutrition, and health education. Not withstanding this, the hospital also has a 27 bedded inpatient floor where cancer patients requiring admission are cared for.
The multidisciplinary team members involved in patient care at UPMC Beacon Hospital Cancer Centre.
ONCOLOGY NURSING AT UPMC BEACON HOSPITAL:
At UPMC Beacon Hospital Cancer Centre, the patient is the focus of everything that we do. You will find our staff to be friendly and efficient, supportive and caring to all patients and their families. Our staff are high skilled, with many of our nurses holding post graduate qualifications in oncology nursing.
ONCOLOGY LIAISON AND ONCOLOGY SPECIALIST NURSES:
At UPMC Beacon Hospital, a team of oncology specialist nurses work closely with the medical oncologists and surgeons to provide a comprehensive plan of care for cancer patients. The specialist nursing team comprises of:
• Oncology Liaison Nurses
• Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialists
• Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist
• Chemotherapy Nurse Specialists.
ONCOLOGY NURSE COUNSELLOR:
UPMC Beacon Hospital is delighted to be able to offer the services of an oncology nurse counsellor to patients and their families who have embarked on the cancer journey. Our nurse counsellor is a trained oncology nurse, who has many years of experience working in medical oncology in addition to holding professional qualifications in the area of counseling. This facility is unique to UPMC Beacon Hospital, and is available to oncology patients attending the hospital (and their families or carers) by prior arrangement. If you would like to avail of the service, please do not hesitate to contact the oncology liaison nurses who will make the necessary arrangements for you.
ONCOLOGY PHYSIOTHERAPY AT UPMC BEACON HOSPITAL:
At UPMC Beacon Physiotherapy we pride ourselves in our excellence of healthcare delivery. A comprehensive package of physiotherapy care, combining thorough assessments with education, self help programmes and conventional physiotherapy treatments.
At UPMC Beacon Physiotherapy we have a clinical specialist physiotherapist with special interest in oncology and lymphoedema. Click on the UPMC Beacon Hospital homepage and follow the link to physiotherapy to learn more about our Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Oncology Care.
• Physiotherapy plays an important role in the holistic care of the cancer patient. Research has shown the importance of exercise and activity through treatment for cancer. Some cancer treatments and surgeries are accompanied by side affects such as fatigue, decreased activity and in some cases mobility. Specific side effects such as joint stiffness, muscle weakness and lymphoedema can also be experienced. Physiotherapy has been shown to play an important role in the management of these side effects.
UPMC Beacon Physiotherapists are in constant communication with the Oncology team including consultant oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and specialized nursing staff to ensure a holistic multi disciplinary approach to your care is provided.
ONCOLOGY PHARMACY AT UPMC BEACON HOSPITAL
UPMC Beacon Hospital has a dedicated oncology pharmacy team, who play an active role in the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, this includes participation in ward rounds and multidisciplinary meetings, quality assurance, and the compounding of chemotherapy on site at the hospital.
CLINICAL GOVERNANCE OF CANCER SERVICES AT UPMC BEACON HOSPITAL - ONCOLOGY STEERING GROUP
The Oncology Steering Group at UPMC Beacon Hospital has an overview of cancer services within the hospital. The Steering Group meets on a quarterly basis, where cancer services, developments and issues are discussed. These meetings are attended by the cancer lead clinicians, members of the hospital's senior management team, and members of the multidisciplinary team. The Oncology Steering Group at UPMC Beacon Hospital is responsible for the effective delivery of cancer services throughout the hospital, and coordinates the implementation of national standards and reforms with cancer services.