Your care team will include a variety of health care professionals throughout your diagnosis and treatment. Here’s a quick guide to the roles and responsibilities of the health care professionals you may be referred to throughout your treatment.
A physician who administers an anesthetic to a patient in the operating room.
Specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the breast.
Expert on the role of food and nutrition in health.
A physician who specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Specializes in the surgical treatment for pancreatic and colorectal cancers.
Medical Assistant (MA)
Takes your vital signs and gets you situated for your various appointments.
A physician specially trained to treat cancer patients with medication such as chemotherapy or hormonal therapy.
A physician who examines slides of biopsy and surgical specimens under a microscope and makes the definitive diagnosis regarding the presence or absence of cancer. Also provides important information such as cancer type, stage, adequacy of excision, and immunohistochemical marker profile to guide the treatment decisions of your surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist.
Patient Services Representative
Assists you with checking in for your appointments and treatments, coordinating the scheduling of future appointments, treatments, procedures, and lab work.
Primary Care Physician (PCP)
A physician who is the main provider of primary medical care, whom you would see for services for a new problem that does not require a specialist.
A physician specially trained to treat cancer patients with radiation.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Works with your doctor and has specialized knowledge and skills in oncology and cancer treatment. An IV RN has specialized training and skills in placing IV lines, accessing Ports and administering chemotherapy and fluids.