Cancer Programs & Support Services
Parkland recognizes that cancer is complex. In helping patients and families get the best cancer treatment we have a team of specialist working together to treat the patient and not just the cancer.
Multidisciplinary teams will usually consist of a variety of cancer specialists to include medical oncologist, surgeons, radiation oncologist, pathologist, medicine specialist, nurses, social workers, case managers, nutritionists, pharmacist and financial counselors. Other team members may consist of genetic counselors, primary care physicians, physical therapist, speech pathologist and many more depending on type of cancer. A multidisciplinary approach provides you with the benefits of many expert opinions about an approach to your cancer care.
Specialty care is specific to a body part or organ. Specialty care is provided by physicians with advanced training in an area of interest. Examples are gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, pathologists and radiologists. Specialists are often part of the multidisciplinary team. We do our best to keep your referring physician as well as the Primary Care Provider (PCP) in the information loop to ensure that we are all working together to care for your needs.
Palliative care team provides care to patients and their caregivers who are facing a life threatening illnesses. The Palliative Care team focuses on physical, psychosocial, spiritual, emotional care and comfort.
Pharmacy is a designated pharmacy to mix chemotherapeutics and patient safety is our pharmacists’ number one goal. Each prescribed medication goes through an extensive double-check chemotherapy order verification process which requires two pharmacists to evaluate patient specific information, such as lab results, past treatment and any signs and symptoms of organ dysfunction or toxicities. This sometimes causes a delay in treatment, but is an important part of assuring the correct dose for each and every patient.
Breast surveillance is a long-term, comprehensive, follow up clinic for women determined to be at high risk for reoccurrence or development of breast cancer. This clinic is managed by mid levels providers with a focus on providing you close observation, and providing the most current and relevant measures for prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
Genetic counseling & testing services offer patient and family education about and testing for hereditary cancer risk.
Nutrition services are available to all cancer patients to support optimal nutritional status throughout the course of disease, treatments, remissions and/or recurrence.
Psychosocial services consist of trained specialist to assist patients in coping with anxiety, denial, suffering, loss, grief, and other psychosocial problems that can affect patients' coping, adaptation, treatment, recovery and overall quality of life.
Cancer rehabilitation is combination of therapists and nurses, working with cancer patients to restore physical functioning, adjust to changed environment or life style to increase independence, reduce complications after treatment.
Community outreach provides educational events for the community to increase cancer awareness and screenings for early detection throughout Dallas County to the medically underserved as part of our mission.
Clinical trials at Parkland are available to make emerging and leading edge therapies available to the community.