Doctors team up to aid patients

A trip to the doctor is something many people take for granted, but not a hurricane evacuee and cancer patient like Fay.

"It's one thing off of my mind to know that everything is okay right now," she said.

Fay is one of the thousands of cancer patients displaced by the storm, with no way to contact their own doctors.

"I would like to get in touch with my doctor from New Orleans to see if we can get the records here," Fay said.

Doctors say coordinating patient care has been difficult.

"It became really obvious really quick that there was no centralized resource to help coordinate care for those patients," said Dr. Carlton Sedberry of

The Community Oncology Alliance and Cancer teamed up to fill the gap with Mid-South doctors and hospitals, like the West Clinic, making sure evacuated cancer patients don't get sicker.

"It could be anything from risk of infection to risk of fatigue and anemia," Sedberry said. "They could be getting off schedule of their chemotherapy regimen, which is an important component. The continuity of care is really important."

The coalition isn't just for displaced patients. They are also looking for Gulf Coast doctors to register with them so they can reconnect with their patients.

Patients and doctors are encouraged to call the Community Oncology Alliance at 1-888-912-9111.