Staying on top of screenings
As a native of Canada, Dr. Himani Singh, a board-certified hematologist-oncologist, decided to move to North County to start her practice five years ago with North County Oncology.
“The sunshine really agrees with us,” said Dr. Singh of her family’s move to San Diego. “It just seemed like a great place to raise our kids, and establish some roots.”
Although Dr. Singh has worked in various hospitals around the country, she says there is something unique about being on staff at Tri-City Medical Center. Specifically, the communication and collaboration between doctors.
“I just find it’s really easy to communicate with the doctors here,” said Dr. Singh. “Everyone is part of a cohesive team working to provide high-quality care to our patients.”
In her work, Dr. Singh has the opportunity to build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with her patients.
When faced with a new cancer diagnosis, Dr. Singh not only becomes her patient’s main physician, but also a sounding board to whom they can express their fears and frustrations about living with cancer.
“There are phases to it,” said Dr. Singh. “Facing a new cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event. Taking the time to explain to my patients exactly what they can expect from their disease process and treatment is a responsibility I take very seriously. As a patient, it’s scary but knowing what to expect and being empowered with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their care is very important.”
The critical piece is catching a cancer diagnosis as early as possible.
Dr. Singh has a strong message to all North County residents to get their regular check-ups and talk with their doctor about any issues they may be experiencing.
“We shouldn’t be neglecting our routine screening mammograms and colonoscopies,” she said. “Staying on top of screenings is hard for some patients, especially during a pandemic, but it’s more important now than ever.”
Read more profiles: Faces of North County 2022.