Feb 15, 2018 12:00 PM

Author: Mark Hyde, PhD, PA-C

Mark Hyde, PhD, PA-C
Mark Hyde, PhD, PA-C

I love my patients. I’ve been treating some for more than a decade, so in some ways I think of them as family. My wife notices when I get home on Friday, which is my clinic day, I’m usually in a good mood. It’s not because it is the beginning of the weekend, but because I got to spend the day with patients.

Working with cancer patients is something I didn’t understand before I came to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). But now, I would never go anywhere else, because they are a unique population—they are easy to want to help.

One of my patients explained to me that the cancer experience is very personal. When I talk to patients about cancer and their health, it is a very intimate space the patient is trusting me to come into.

Dr. Glen Bowen, my mentor, taught me the idea that the treatment team is like an octopus. Meaning, we are a single brain with eight arms. I’m an arm, the nurse is an arm, the scheduler is an arm—we are all an arm, and no arm is more or less important in caring for our patients.

Anyone who participates in a cancer patient’s care is privileged to be in that intimate space with them.

Mark Hyde
The advanced practice clinicians (APCs) at HCI include licensed care providers such as nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Educational programs that train APCs typically require several years of prior health care experience and at least two years of full-time post-graduate medical education. HCI has invested in APCs, knowing that this group of talented medical professionals is a critical link in the cancer care continuum.

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