Guiding Cancer Patients through Difficult Times
Posted on Jul 11, 2012 | 0 comments
Cancer is a topic most people shy away from. For Palo Alto Medical Foundation medical oncologist Natalia Colocci, M.D., Ph.D., leading patients and their families through this challenging time is the most rewarding part of her job.
“The diagnosis of cancer marks a defining moment in anyone’s life,” says Dr. Colocci. “I decided to be an oncologist so I could serve as a guide for anyone who is diagnosed with cancer.”
Cancer treatment affects all aspects of a patient’s life, so Dr. Colocci recognizes the importance of helping not just the patient, but the patient’s family and loved ones through as well.
“I want to make sure I’m a pillar throughout this phase,” says Dr. Colocci. “We are all part of the same community, and we’re all here to help each other. I’m reminded of this every time I run into a patient at the grocery store, a restaurant, or a concert.”
Dr. Colocci sees patients at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center. Learn more about Dr. Colocci in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.