William R. Broderick, M.D.
Hematology & Medical Oncology
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, William R. Broderick, M.D. received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency in the U.S. Air Force at the San Antonio Uniformed Service Health Education Consortium, Texas. During his service, Dr. Broderick served as Chief of Internal Medicine at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and was deployed to care for troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Broderick completed his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American College of Physicians.
Why he chose to specialize in oncology
I chose to specialize in oncology because it offers the opportunity to not only treat the illness and prolong life, but also enhance the quality of life. Our knowledge and treatment options in oncology are growing quickly. We are learning that as much as each patient's life situation is different, each patient's cancer is different. Oncology is one specialty where, as the science of medicine progresses, art of the practice of medicine allows treatments to be tailored to each individual patient.
What he finds most fulfilling
I find it very fulfilling to help patients feel better emotionally as well as physically. This starts with helping patients understand their diagnoses and the methods of treating their illnesses. Cancer and chemotherapy are less terrifying if the patient understands the nature of the disease, the plan of care that has been put in place, and the plan for controlling symptoms of the disease and the side effects of treatment.
What cancer patients need most
Knowledge and support. There is no substitute for time spent listening to a patient and addressing their concerns. Here at Edward, we have tremendous support from our nursing staff, our social workers, patient educators, and the hospital. It all starts with listening to patients, asking and answering questions, and getting them in touch with the support services they need.
Comprehensive patient care
My approach begins with assessing the needs of the patient and the status of the disease. With that information in hand, I devise a comprehensive plan of care that marries the most up-to-date, multi-disciplinary cancer treatment with the support services necessary to meet the goals that are important to the patient.
How cancer medicine has changed in the last decade
We are fortunate to be caring for patients in a time of tremendous progress in cancer care. In the last decade, the dawn of molecular and genetic testing and the resulting targeted therapies have allowed us to better tailor treatments to individual patients. This has resulted in better responses to treatment and decreased exposure to therapies that are less likely to help. There has also been wonderful progress in controlling the side effects of chemotherapy, providing better quality of life for patients while being treated.
The future of cancer treatment
As we learn more about these diseases, we become increasingly aware that each patient's illness has its own characteristics. As more targets for therapy are discovered, we can better tailor a multi-disciplinary approach to each individual patient. Here at Edward, we have opened multi-disciplinary clinics for lung and neurologic malignancies that coordinate the care of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and support services to eliminate gaps in communication and delays in therapy. As we go forward, we will continue to progress toward seamless, targeted, multidisciplinary care, individualized for each patient.