Every year, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, cares for more than 20,000 patients from across the region. Through a multidisciplinary approach combined with innovative treatments, the UW Carbone Cancer Center provides patients with the most advanced therapies available anywhere.
The following individuals - gynecologic oncologist Stephen Rose, MD, acupuncturist Mihal Davis, CA, ND, and radiation therapist Jody Wipperfurth - are part of the more than 2,300 individuals across the UW Carbone Cancer Center and the University of Wisconsin campus working meticulously to find the best ways to detect, prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
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Stephen Rose, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist
The gynecologic oncology program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center sees more than 450 patients every year with rare and common gynecologic cancers. The program is committed to maintaining and improving a woman's quality of life while she undergoes therapy.
Gynecologic oncologists play a vital role in the care of patients from the beginning of their treatment through the end of their care.
Dr. Stephen Rose is one of the gynecologic oncologists at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. One of the unique aspects about gynecologic oncologists is that they participate in more than a patient's surgical care. Gynecologic oncologists determine whether patients would benefit from other treatments, such as chemotherapy, and are trained to provide those therapies to patients.
According to Dr. Rose, fellows in Gynecologic Oncology play an active role in the care of patients. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is one of 53 programs in the nation that provide training for future gynecologic oncologists. At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, fellows are involved in patient care, including the operative procedure where they learn alongside highly skilled surgeons.
|Meet Mihal Davis in Words and Pictures|
Mihal Davis, CA, ND, Acupuncturist
UW Health Integrative Medicine in collaboration with the UW Carbone Cancer Center offers integrative medicine services specifically designed for cancer patients, including acupuncture.
Mihal Davis, CA, ND, is a licensed acupuncturist who works with cancer patients at the Cancer Center.
Acupuncture is part of a centuries old practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Davis explains that there is a flow of energy through the body, somewhat like an expressway. Acupuncture uses thin, hair-like needles and inserts them at points along that expressway to adjust and improve the flow of energy.
Acupuncture can help improve the quality of life for patients while they're going through conventional treatments and help them get to a better state of overall health. It can help with side effects from chemotherapy, such as nausea, fatigue, and abdominal, joint or muscle pain, as well as help the body recover from radiation treatments.
Davis, as with all of the integrative medicine specialists, focuses on how patients with cancer can become more empowered in making decisions about their health care, and bring optimal healing and well-being to their life journey.
|Meet Jody Wipperfurth in Words and Pictures|
Jody Wipperfurth, Radiation Therapist
Radiation therapy uses various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer by damaging the genetic material within cancer cells and limiting their ability to successfully reproduce. It is often used with other treatments including surgery and chemotherapy.
Jody Wipperfurth is a radiation therapist at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. As a radiation therapist, she helps patients with their cancer care by delivering the radiation treatments through the use of Tomotherapy, or other types of technology.
During a typical day, Wipperfurth may see as many as 20 patients ranging in age from young children to elderly. While each one is unique, their comfort and care is of the utmost importance. Playing their favorite music, helping adjust the equipment for their physical comfort, or even simply talking to them during the course of treatment are just a few of the ways Wipperfurth and her colleagues help patients relax.
For Wipperfurth, one of the aspects she likes best about her job is the patients. Whether they come for as few as five, or as many as 33 treatments, each one leaves a lasting impression.