Dr. Ana María López Anticipates Providing Team-Based, Compassionate Cancer Care in South Jersey
As Chief of Cancer Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township (SKCC-WT), Ana María López, MD, MPH, MACP, is committed to providing patient-centered care in a compassionate setting. As Medical Director of the new Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite, she works toward providing the latest, state-of-the-art treatment so patients can receive the best possible care.
With her extensive wealth of knowledge in integrative medicine, telehealth and cancer health equity, Dr. López brings many innovative ideas to the SKCC-WT team.
“After you’re a fellow, you think, ‘if I could do it, this is how I would do it,’” said Dr. López. “That’s why joining the Jefferson Health – New Jersey team and developing a new program is such an incredible opportunity.”
SKCC-WT provides a full range of comprehensive services for cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support and follow-up through its Comprehensive Breast Center, Lung Nodule Center, Gynecologic Oncology program and Radiation Oncology program.
“With the addition of the Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite, all of the pieces have come together,” Dr. López continued. “A cancer center with a multitude of cancer services – available in one location and with same-day services – is incredibly beneficial to physicians, patients and the community.”
The Medical Oncology program will offer infusion therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling.
Dr. López believes that the collaboration of these services will increase the perception that they are all equal in importance. “We can’t think of anything in isolation. Cancer treatment is long and intense, from at-risk treatment, to survivorship care. Thinking of these pieces as equal should be a main task.”
In addition, Dr. López strives for the SKCC-WT to become more team-based than it already is, focusing on the primary question – “What can we do better?”
“We’ll constantly discuss ways our services can be better implemented,” Dr. López said. “There’s always room for improvement for the benefit of the patient.”
New cancer findings develop constantly, resulting in changes that impact practice. Dr. López explained that her job involves continued learning, “We aren’t implementing the same cancer treatments that we were 20 years ago. Ultimately, we want everyone offering the same state-of-the-art care that is consistent with the most recent data.”
As these cancer services are close to home for many patients, Dr. López anticipates that the SKCC-WT will become further embedded in the heart of the South Jersey community.
“The most valuable component to cancer care that I’ve learned over the years is compassion,” Dr. López continued. “We want to ensure that all patients receive that 'high-touch' care, so they don’t feel like they’re going through this alone. Being a physician means walking with and suffering with.”
To learn more about how the specialists at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township walk with patients every step of the way, click here.