Full-spectrum cancer care your life deserves
care spectrum n. the community of people who come together to surround and heal someone with a catastrophic illness. The community ranges from those who provide medical care—primary doctors, specialists, nurses—to those who give emotional care—family, friends, coworkers.
At Springfield Clinic’s Cancer Center, our doctors and staff believe that because no one illness defines a patient’s life, no one treatment or physician defines a patient’s care.
Just as various cancers and their stages fall on a spectrum, so too does the care we deliver to our patients. Springfield Clinic oncologist Namita Vinayek, MD, says, “What we do is medical, but the support system and attitude of a patient play a big role in healing and living their best life.” Because quality cancer care involves more than doctors and nurses—but also spouses and significant others, family members and friends.
We sat down with five of our Cancer Center patients to listen to their stories. We wanted to hear about their lives, meet their friends and families, learn about their struggles and triumphs—and understand what care spectrum truly means to each of them.