Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP
As an oncologist, I may be meeting you and your family for the first time during the most stressful period of your lives. The personal and professional relationships we can form are so meaningful to me, and they often last beyond the time when I’m an active member of someone’s care team. I love hearing from former patients and caregivers!
There is a growing number of cancer survivors in this country, which speaks to the excellent care we’ve provided to cure their disease or manage it as a long-term illness. As patients are living longer — with or without active cancer — they face a number of issues. Some of these are physical, like side effects from treatment; some are psychosocial or emotional. Having dedicated survivorship programs to focus on the needs of these patients is critical. I’d like to see greater focus on wellness and well-being. I also hope that we can use technology to engage you more in your care and enhance care delivery in the community where you live.
Specialties and clinical expertise: Medical Oncology
I’ve always had a love for science and initially saw myself going into a career in basic research. But I missed interacting personally with people who are directly impacted by the advances in care that research brings. Working in cancer care gives me the opportunity to have that connection between the science and those who benefit from it. I spent over 20 years doing acute oncology care, mainly breast cancer treatment. Now, as a provider in the Survivorship Clinic, I get to focus on coaching a wide variety of patients after treatment — about topics like how to engage in wellness, how to return to their lives and make the most out of their experience, how to cope with potential late and long-term side effects of treatment and how to overcome any barriers, real or perceived, to having a healthy lifestyle.
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.
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SCCA’s Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, spoke with 1150 AM KKNW about SCCA’s the expansion of telehealth services.
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