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The San Diego Cancer Research Institute was co-founded by Dr. Mark J. Adler and Dr. Daniel Vicario in 1998 after several years of looking into better ways to help people with cancer. We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to wellness. Our primary goals ar... more.
Pacific Oncology Hematology
Examination Development Committee
University of Southern California
University of San Diego
RN MSN NP
Your Team | San Diego Cancer Center | Encinitas | Vista | California
Scott Shuford, RN MSN NP
Shuford says it's tough when he has to change their chemotherapy because of a shortage of certain drugs.
It's a situation that isn't likely to be resolved anytime soon. Day after day at the San Diego Cancer Center in Vista, nurse practitioner Scott Shuford takes care of people who are fighting to stay alive. Shuford thinks the last thing they need is someone with a grave attitude. So when he visits with his patients, he tries to keep things light. "So tell me," Shuford said to a woman in treatment, "what's it like walking around having a plastic tube hanging out your side? "It's a mild inconvenience," she replied. "Ha! It's mild inconvenience..." Shuford sputtered. Shuford said he gives his patients a little bit of chemotherapy, and a lot of love. But lately, that little bit of chemotherapy has been hard to come by. That's because there's a growing shortage of chemotherapy drugs. "This problem has just gotten more and more pronounced," Shuford said, "because we're spending more and more time looking for drugs all over the country, and using different outside vendors, and hoping we're gonna have enough to keep people on cycle." Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles. For the treatment to be effective, certain drugs are given at certain times. "When you can't get a particular drug," Shuford said, "you have to consider going with a completely different regimen, or jury-rigging another regimen, which is not in the patient's best interest." Nurse practitioner Scott Shuford said it's just not right. "Patients with cancer are facing uncertainty in their futures; is this gonna work, is this gonna be effective. They shouldn't be worried about whether or not we're gonna have the medication to treat them," Shuford said.
San Diego Cancer Center | Our Practitioners
Chris Lewis, PA | Scott Shuford, RN MSN NP | Joy Sutera, RN | Anne Callahan, RN | Shiela Kerr, RN | Mary Hollander, RN
Scott Shuford RN MSN NP Scott Shuford , NP Scott Shuford is a native San Diegan having lived in San Diego County his entire life. He has a wealth of experience having worked in family practice, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. He also has worked in pediatrics, womens's health and adolescent medicine at Vista Community Clinic. After working in hospital administration he returned to his what he has always found to be tremendously rewarding and satisfying, working directly with patients. He has a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of San Diego as well as a Master's Degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Scott is ANCC certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and also certified by the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. He was appointed to serve a two year tenure on the Examination Development Committee for the National Board for the Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. He is involved in the Breast Cancer Early Detection Program for the California Department of Health Services where he continues to serve as practicum faculty. In addition Scott has served as a clinical mentor for UCSD Family Practice Residents.
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