(Wichita, KS) – Congratulations to Central Care Cancer Center Medical Oncologist, Dr. Elshami Elamin, who was recently honored by the Wichita Business Journal’s 2021 Excellence in Health Care – Cancer Care edition. Dr. Elamin was recognized for his treatment and care of new and existing patients at Central Care’s Emporia and Newton clinics.
The following questions were answered by Dr. Elamin for the publication’s special section:
How did you choose a career in cancer care? During my oncology rotation as a medical resident, I saw the resilience of cancer patients fighting for their lives. I knew from that point on that I wanted to be with those fighting against cancer.
What is your greatest professional achievement? I recently wrote a 150-page book in Arabic (my native tongue) for cancer patients and their caregivers. It is a non-academic book that helps break down the disease and care. The book is awaiting publication! I hope to distribute it in Sudan, my home country.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career? The most challenging, agonizing part of the job is breaking bad news to my patients and their families.
What is the best advice you would give to someone considering a career in cancer care? My advice to folks hoping to go into the field is to always be honest with yourself and others. Empathy is key. Be a good listener. Always give patients and their families ample time to ask questions, and answer only based on their concerns.
Are you involved in the community? If so, how? Throughout the years, I would participate in local community activities, such as community cancer screenings, talking to support groups like River Valley support group, and taking my family to volunteer and walk, at Relay for Life. I’m also involved in my Muslim community as a part of the Islamic Society of Wichita (ISW). I was a member of the Refugee Committee on the Board of Education for the Islamic school.
What do you like to do in your spare time? In my free time, I love painting, gardening and road tripping with my family. I also enjoy working with non-profit organizations like the Sudanese American Medical Association and sharing resources and advice with cancer patients in Sudan.
How has the pandemic affected your job? The pandemic has completely disrupted patient care. I find myself having to modify cancer regimen to fit into the changes we’re facing, i.e. isolation, limited office visits, etc. This has resulted in delaying and postponing treatment. At a personal level, it has put health care workers at risk for either catching the disease or brining the virus back home to our families.