Prostate Cancer Library
Who Does What in My Treatment Program
Chiropractic Universe , The International Medical Oncology Library
Cancer treatment can be very complex. What kind of cancer you have, the stage that it's in, and the treatment program you go through affects what health care professionals you see.
Your family physician may oversee your treatment and rehabilitation programs, and can help answer questions you have. Sometimes an oncologist may manage your treatment program, but your family physician may take over once therapy is completed. An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating people with cancer.
A surgeon may do the operation to cut out as much cancerous tissue as possible. A pathologist will examine your tissue that is removed during a biopsy or surgery to check for signs of cancer. Radiation oncologists administer radiotherapy. The radiation oncologist is often assisted by diagnostic radiologists, radiotherapy technologists and radiation physicists, who plan treatment and check the radiation dosages to ensure that treatment is as safe as possible.
Oncologists, family physicians and internists often prescribe chemotherapy medicines, hormones and other drugs. Laboratory technicians or nurses may draw your blood for tests.
Nutritionists help evaluate your diet and help you plan your meals during and after treatment. Physical therapists can help you keep your muscle tone and restore your ability to move around if there are any changes to your body from treatment. Psychologists, psychotherapists and other counselors, such as clergy or social workers, can help you talk through your feelings. Pharmacists mix the complicated medications and check that you are getting the correct dosages.