The final piece in my OHSU tour last week was a sit down with Dr Sandler (Dr S). It confirmed, once again, he is the perfect oncologist for me at this point in my life.
I really enjoyed how he got right to the point. Which is pretty much how I roll too. The conversation between Dr S and Chris Draft began with Dr S asking, “So, I’m sure you’ve been to lots of cancer centers. What are you looking for here?” That is when Chris explained he had been to 56 centers since December 2011. Holy moly. Then I began to wonder too, what are you doing here?
Chris was looking for a unique service that OHSU offers lung cancer patients. He found it when Dr S explained how OHSU has initiated a program to work with community oncologists to provide mutation testing services. OHSU will perform the testing with the intention of only suggesting the patient transfer care if OHSU can offer a drug that targets the specific mutation detected. The result – the best care for the patient. The even better part, the patient does nothing. All of the necessary coordination will be done between the medical staff. Win – win!
1/18 Update: Want to do this? You or your doc can contact Knight Diagnostic Laboratories at 855-KDL-1LAB (535-1522)
Chris was pretty impressed by this. He asked Dr S to repeat what he said, this time in front of his iPhone. Below is the video I borrowed from the Team Draft blog.