Dana Tarcatu, MD

Palliative Medicine

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Palliative Medicine

Pain Medicine

Internal Medicine

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Dr. Dana Tarcatu is Board-certified by the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Internal Medicine and board-certified by the ABQAURP in Health care Quality and Management. Her expertise is in adult, pediatric, and geriatric palliative care with special focus on integrated palliative care models for oncology.

Dr. Tarcatu is currently practicing as a Consultant to a home-based Hospice Program providing supportive services at the EOL.

Education

  • MD: University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”, Bucharest, Romania 

  • Residency: New York Methodist Hospital (Weill Cornell Medical College) - Internal medicine 

  • Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Pain and Palliative Care - Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Board-certified by the ABQAURP in Health care Quality and Management

  • Internal Medicine

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Palliative Care

  • Integrated Palliative Care Models for Oncology 

  • Adult Palliative Care

  • Pediatric Palliative Care

  • Geriatric Palliative Care

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Cancer – Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

When pain is the dominant symptom, it can be treated with medications such as Gabapentin, Pregabalin, or Duloxetine. These medications help transform the pain from sensation into a non-painful one. Some come in a pill...

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Cancer – Peripheral Neuropathy

Certain chemotherapies damage the outside layer of the nerve. This part of the nerve is responsible for sending signals from the skin to the spinal cord and brain. The information sent to these higher centers,...

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End-of-Life Care – Communication

So now you just heard from your oncologist that the scan showed the disease continues to progress despite all treatments. Now you have an opportunity to pause and think about your options. Should you continue...

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Lung Cancer – Treating Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most difficult symptoms to treat and it’s usually the one that lasts the longest, usually 2-4 weeks after radiation treatment has stopped. To treat fatigue, one of the key strategies...

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Lung Cancer – Radiation Therapy Side Effects

The radiation therapy is part of lung cancer care and it is recommended by oncologists depending on the type of tumor, its location, and the response rates to radiation therapy. The most common side effects...

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Lung Cancer – Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms

What are the usual symptoms of pulmonary embolism? Shortness of breath Chest pain that may be worse when breathing in Coughing, which may have blood in it Swelling or pain in your legs Lightheadedness Dizziness...

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Lung Cancer – Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis

Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism can be done with blood tests, chest x-ray ultrasound of your legs, or a CT pulmonary angiography. Ventilation perfusion scan is an older test that is no longer the preferred diagnostic...

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Lung Cancer – Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is common in lung cancer patients with a rough incidence of 3.7%. Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clot has formed somewhere else in your body, usually your legs or inside the pelvis and...

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Lung Cancer – Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome

After thoracotomy lobectomy, there is expected pain at the site of the surgical incision and the surrounding area of the chest. In the first few days, this pain is caused by inflammation that happens in...

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Lung Cancer – Metastatic Cancer Symptoms

Once the lung cancer has progressed, your symptoms may be different since later lung cancer affects other parts of the body, like the bones or the brain. Symptoms that develop in late stage lung cancer...

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