William Hawkins, MD

I treat some of the most devastating
cancers. As the hepatobiliary- pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers
tend to be some of the most severe, they tend to be some with some of the poorest
survival. So, the patient’s biggest concern is really, “Am I going to be here
to do the things that I need to do in life: care for my children, provide for my
family, do all these things?” We take the time, when it’s good news we’ll
share that, when it’s bad news we share what it’s going to do, but we make sure
that the patients get the answers to those very important questions. You know on a baseball team you have your pitcher, you have your catcher, you have your
infielder. In medicine, we have different specialties as well. We have
medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, we have nutritionists, and we have nurses. All of these are very important elements of
putting together a plan that’s going to keep you fit and get you through what is
sometimes some very trying times, fighting a cancer or undergoing a major surgery.
I think the two biggest things why a patient comes here is, number one is team. We’re double checking, crossing all the t’s, dotting all the I’s, making
sure that everything is what we need to make the best decision. The second
thing is research. Especially for the types of cancers and the types of
diseases that I treat, there is often a lot of uncertainty or there’s often
diseases in which the best chance for the best case survival is you got a 20%
chance of beating your cancer. We don’t think that’s good enough here at Siteman.
You will very likely be offered opportunities, either from the very
beginning to participate in research, or if your initial therapies don’t work
that there’s this backup toolbox with what’s the plan B, what’s the plan C
and so forth until we get something that works for your cancer.

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