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What is medical oncology?

Medical oncology is the specialty of internal medicine that involves treating cancer using medicine and other medical, rather than surgical, therapies.

What is hematology?

Hematology is the specialty of internal medicine that involves treating conditions of the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system such as leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma, lymphoma and coagulation disorders such as hemophilia.

Who are the members of the medical oncology team?

Elise Anderes, MD

Elise Anderes, MD

Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Amanda Bailey, NP

Amanda Bailey, NP

Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Karen Hunt, MD

Karen Hunt, MD

Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Courtney Lyle, MD, MAS

Courtney Lyle, MD, MAS

Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Jose Ness, MD

Jose Ness, MD

Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Carrie L. Neuhardt, MD

Carrie L. Neuhardt, MD

Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Ryan Roop, MD

Ryan Roop, MD

Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Brandi Skiles, CPNP

Brandi Skiles, CPNP

Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Peter Wagner, MD

Peter Wagner, MD

Oncology, Medical
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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John Ward, MD

John Ward, MD

Oncology, Medical
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Leslie A. Washburn, PA-C

Leslie A. Washburn, PA-C

Oncology and Hematology
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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How do these specialists help me?

Physicians with extensive training in medical oncology and hematology work together to evaluate, educate and treat patients with cancer and blood disorders using medicines.

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners hold advanced education including a master's degree, specialized training and clinical experience. They are directed by physicians as they collaborate with other members of the cancer team. They participate in the full range of cancer patient care as they perform regular cancer screening tests, diagnose cancer, discuss treatment options, write chemotherapy orders, assist in surgery, monitor patients during active therapy, treat patients, counsel and educate people about their disease, and help conduct clinical trials.

Oncology certified nurses play an important role in the cancer team. They take part in all aspects of caring for patients with cancer, including education, chemotherapy administration, coordination of care and case management of the patient during his or her cancer journey.

Medical assistants are a vital part of the cancer team. They help doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with patient examinations by checking the height, weight, temperature and blood pressure of each patient. They also write down patients' medical histories, run simple laboratory tests, give injections and draw blood.

The front desk staff helps patients during their cancer journeys by greeting, coordinating and scheduling patients' multiple appointments. They also help collect information for the billing department and clinical team members.

Financial support advocates help patients explore financial support options. Finances are the last thing you want to worry about, but the cost of your care can weigh on your mind and cause a great deal of stress for you and your family. Experienced patient advocates are on hand to help ease your financial concerns. A patient advocate will meet with you to:
  • Discuss your health care coverage.
  • Help you better understand treatment expenses.
  • Guide you through complicated insurance processes and paperwork.
  • Develop a payment plan if needed.
  • Identify community support programs you may qualify for that provide financial assistance for food, utilities, medical bills and other areas of need.
The following links provide helpful information for our patients:

Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

Cancer Support Services