What makes Duke unique in bone marrow transplants is its holistic approach. We take care of the disease -- which is important because these are very serious potentially fatal diseases. But at the same time we pay attention to patients emotional and psychological well-being in addition to their physical well-being. And not only for patients but also the whole family because the caregivers and other parts of the family need attention as well. I wanted to go into medicine because it was a great way to interact and take care of patients. n my mind cancer is one of two diseases within internal medicine where you can actually cure people. The best part of bone marrow transplant is that the time between the laboratory and the patient is short. Patients who need a transplant tend to be relatively sick and in need of new therapies. Thats been very intellectually challenging and fun.
Dr. Nelson Chao, MD is a hematology doctor who practices in Durham, NC. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 36 years. Dr. Chao is affiliated with Duke University Hospital.