Where Should I Be Treated? Large Academic Institutions or Community Hospitals?


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In this episode of Bladder Cancer Matters, host Rick Bangs chats with Dr. Elizabeth Guancial, a medical oncologist at Florida Cancer Specialists in Sarasota, Florida.

They discuss the differences between receiving bladder cancer care in academic medical centers and community hospitals. Dr. Guancial is an expert because she has practiced in both types of institutions.

Dr. Guancial shares that in academic medical centers, the focus is on teaching, research, and patient care, while community settings prioritize patient care. Community settings can often provide quicker care and more personalized attention, but academic medical centers may offer specialized procedures and access to clinical trials. Patients should consider factors such as the urgency of their condition, the need for specialized procedures, and the availability of clinical trials when deciding whether to seek care in a community or academic setting. It is also important for patients to feel comfortable with their healthcare providers and to seek second opinions if desired.

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