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Commitment to Staff and Patient Education

Providing appropriate educational information is important in demonstrating respect for the oncology patient and empowering the patient and his/her family to be active participants in the treatment process. Professionally respected authorities, such as the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and pharmaceutical companies provide much of the written literature, brochures, and pamphlets. Patients are encouraged to review cancer information included in reputable websites and share question and concerns with our healthcare team.

Oncologists and Oncology Nurses use standards and recognized guidelines of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and other recognized organizations to develop practices which guide patient care. The Pathways to Excellence Oncology Nursing Council evaluates current practices for congruence with evidence-based standards, and implements methods to improve patient care, quality and processes, and provides opportunities for collaborative learning. The Oncology Nursing Council is responsible for evaluating the current process for ensuring nursing competency and revising the process, based on the ever-evolving practice of oncology nursing.

St. Joseph Cancer Center is committed to help to educate the next generation of health care practitioners. St. Joseph Family Practice residents and medical students routinely choose rotations which allow them to work side by side with the Cancer Center’s physicians and staff so that they are better prepared to understand the mechanisms of the cancer disease, its prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment to provide best care for their patients.

St. Joseph Medical Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology provides Clinical Internship opportunities for students in the Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson School of Health Professions Department of Radiologic Sciences Medical Dosimetry Program and Radiological Sciences Program. Radiation therapy students and medical dosimetry students spend a full academic year learning from and working with the St. Joseph staff.