“I have a chance to make a difference for someone who comes in very frightened, discouraged and anxious.”
Dr. Warren Olds is a radiation oncologist, which is a doctor that specializes in treating cancer using radiation therapy. He joined Marshfield Clinic Health System in 1993 and has been directly involved with profound improvements in radiation therapy that benefit patients with cancer.
The Health System now offers sophisticated radiation oncology cancer treatment options in many of its centers. As the past medical director of radiation oncology, Dr. Olds started the cancer centers in Rhinelander and Stevens Point, and helped design the cancer center in Minocqua.
“The growth of the Health System’s regional cancer centers has made a dramatic improvement in the lives of patients who could not easily get to Marshfield for their treatments,” he noted. “Many of these patients can now receive their care much closer to home.”
The other major change has come in the equipment used in radiation oncology.
“Vast improvements in technology allow radiation oncologists to successfully visualize and precisely treat more cancers,” he said. “We can fuse a prior C-T image with a current image to see the progress we’ve made in eradicating a tumor. Even in cases when we can’t cure the cancer, we can often fix a specific problem that is limiting the quality of the patient’s life.”
Dr. Olds earned his medical degree and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Virginia. He is a student of history, particularly medical and military history, and enjoys playing chess.