Your oncologist (also called your attending physician) and an oncology nurse are your two main care providers at UPMC CancerCenter. They also lead the other members of your cancer care team.
An oncologist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats cancer. He or she will manage your case, design your treatment plan, and provide follow-up care.
At UPMC CancerCenter, those who may be involved in your cancer treatment include:
An oncology nurse has special training in caring for cancer patients and their families.
He or she works with your doctor to manage your care including:
This member of your cancer care team provides support and information about parts of your cancer treatment. He or she helps you cope with being ill and can refer you to resources, such as cancer support groups and coping programs.
These UPMC CancerCenter staff members manage nursing and patient care services.
If you consent to be in a clinical trial, a registered nurse (RN) will arrange your participation. He or she follows your care under the cancer research study and works with your doctor and oncology nurse.
This staff member assists you with understanding:
These staff members assist CancerCenter nurses by keeping supplies and equipment handy.
These specially trained staff members work under the direction of your doctor and the oncology fellow.
They assess and manage your symptoms and may:
This cancer nurse cares for people whose treatment involves new or complex procedures. He or she works closely with your primary oncology nurse to provide complete cancer care for patients and their families.
Your CancerCenter dietitian has special training in managing the special nutritional needs of cancer patients during treatment, such as:
Ask your doctor or nurse to refer you to the oncology dietitian who can also provide:
This fully trained doctor is in a fellowship program that provides further education in the medical or surgical aspects of cancer care. He or she works under the guidance of your oncologist and is involved in your daily care.
A pharmacist on staff prepares all drugs you receive during treatment and provides you and your family with drug information. When necessary, he or she also will contact your local pharmacist about your prescriptions.
This specially trained, licensed social worker has experience in providing counseling and support to cancer patients and their loved ones.
He or she can often help when you have concerns about how a cancer diagnosis may have an effect on:
The oncology social worker is also a valuable source of information about cancer support groups and other resources in your community.
Your pain management team helps you cope with cancer pain and includes members from several disciplines such as:
A pathologist is a medical doctor trained in diagnosing disease.
He or she studies tissue samples or fluids from surgery to see if cancer cells are present and, if so, what type they are. This helps your doctor plan your cancer treatment.
This specially trained care team member obtains frequent blood samples throughout your cancer care and treatment.
A medical doctor trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing emotional disorders can prescribe medications. He or she can help cancer patients cope if they feel depressed or anxious.
This mental health professional provides support and counseling for people with cancer and their family members.
He or she offers services such as:
This technician works with your radiation oncologist to design and give your radiation therapy.
He or she:
This doctor has training in reading x-rays and scans.
The radiologist helps your oncologist:
Your oncologist or nurse may recommend these services. You can also ask to consult with a health care team member at any time.