Expert Advice for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Be careful where you get your information, said Leonard Gomella, M.D.

Leonard Gomella, M.D., offers advice for newly diagnosed patients with cancer. First, it is important to understand the cancer itself, as well as its treatment options — though patients should be weary about what internet sites they get their information from. Next, patients should not be afraid to get a second opinion, especially since improvements are made so rapidly in the field of oncology.

Gomella, who is the chairman of the department of urology at Thomas Jefferson University, senior director of Clinical Affairs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) — Jefferson Health and the medical director of the SKCC Cancer Support and Welcome Center, spoke about this and more at the Welcome Center’s first birthday party, that brought together patients, survivors, health care staff and volunteers to celebrate.