About the Lecture
Primary care physicians play an essential role in the diagnosis, care and survivorship of patients with cancer. They are often the initial point of contact for patients, assist with evaluating symptoms and obtaining screenings and might be the one who delivers the cancer diagnosis. Throughout the treatment trajectory, they may make referrals, coordinate care, and are key team members in managing cancer and non- cancer-related concerns. Particularly when treatment is complete, primary care physicians are integral to helping survivors address effects of their treatment, designing a good follow-up habit and take an active role in making the needed lifestyle changes to promote healthy survivorship. This lecture by UCLA internal medicine and hospitalist specialist Dr. William Carroll addresses how you can best engage with your primary care doctor throughout your cancer experience.
About the Speaker
William Carroll, MD is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine. As a general internist, Dr. Carroll delivers both traditional primary care and complex primary care as part of the Department of Medicine’s Extensivist program. Dr. Carroll received his MD from St. George’s University and completed both his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He has a particular interest in innovative models to deliver effective primary care for complex medical populations in a patient-centered manner utilizing a multi-disciplinary team to address the unique healthcare needs of our patients.