Members of Your
Healthcare Team

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Medical Oncologist
Doctor who coordinates cancer care with healthcare team
Hematologic Oncologist
Doctor who specializes in treating cancers of the blood
Dermatological Oncologist
Doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancers
Geriatric Oncologist
Doctor who specializes in cancers of people who are 65 and older
Gynecologic Oncologist
Doctor who specializes in cancers of the female reproductive organs
Neuro-Oncologist
Doctor who treats patients with cancers of the central nervous system
Pediatric Oncologist
Doctor who cares for children and teens with cancer

Surgical Oncologist
Surgeon who diagnoses and treats cancer through biopsies and removal of tumors
Neurosurgeon
Surgeon who specializes in surgery of the brain and nervous system
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Surgeon who specializes in surgery of the mouth, jaw, and face
Orthopedic Surgeon
Surgeon who specializes in diseases and injuries of the muscles, joints, and bones
Plastic or Reconstructive Surgeon
Surgeon who specializes in rebuilding or replacing removed or injured body parts and/or changing the way a body part looks
Thoracic Surgeon
Surgeon who specializes in treating cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall

Radiation Oncologist
Doctor who uses radiation therapy to shrink/eliminate tumors
Nuclear Medicine Specialist
Doctor who administers radionuclides (molecules that give off radiation) to help identify cancer
Medical Physicist
Works with radiation oncologists to ensure that a patient receives the correct radiation dose during radiation therapy treatments
Radiation Therapy Nurse
Teaches patient about radiation treatment and helps manage any side effects from treatment
Dosimetrist
Calculates and plans the correct dosage of radiation therapy for cancer treatment
Radiation Therapist
Provides radiation therapy as directed by a radiation oncologist, educates patients and monitors treatment

Diagnostic Radiologist
Doctor who performs imaging tests to screen/ diagnose (e.g. x-ray, MRI, ultrasound)
Interventional Radiologist
Doctor who uses imaging such as CT, ultrasound or MRI to guide the delivery of treatments to a tumor directly
Radiologic Technologist
Helps position patients for x-rays and other imaging tests

Pain Management Specialist
Doctor who works to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from pain
Nurse
Provides coordination of care and education to help manage patient care
Nurse Practitioner
Helps to diagnose, treat, manage and coordinate patient care, including prescribing medication
Physician Assistant
Performs services such as exams, education, and prescribing medication
Social Worker
Problem solvers that help evaluate cancer's impact on life and connect patients to community resources and support
Case Manager
Coordinates patient care throughout diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management, often working with the insurance company
Discharge Coordinator or Planner
Helps to ensure that patients leaving the hospital have what they need to continue their recovery at home. They may also help patients find alternate places to continue their care, such as a nursing home or rehabilitation center
Patient Advocate
Lifeline that helps guide patients with support and education
Patient Navigator
Provides guidance through the healthcare system and helps overcome obstacles
Dietitian
Provides nutritional counseling, meal planning and medical nutrition therapy to help patients adjust their nutritional intake to optimize health and minimize side effects caused by cancer and treatment
Nutritionist
Helps people develop healthy eating habits with information on nutrition to improve health and prevent disease
Recreational Therapist
Treats and helps preserve a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being by helping to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Also helps build confidence and strengthen personal skills using different methods such as art, exercise, games, dance and music
Lymphedema Therapist
Evaluates and treats lymphedema with a focus on reducing swelling and controlling pain. Compression garments, specialized massages, bandaging methods and exercises are techniques that are often used
Respiratory Therapist
Works with patients who have breathing problems, including breathing treatments and managing patients on ventilators
Enterostomal Therapist
Teaches patients how to care for ostomies (surgically created openings such as a colostomy or urostomy) and wounds
Sex Therapist
Counsels patients about sexual changes, problems and communication, often working with couples to help adjust after cancer treatment
Speech Pathologist (SLP)
Helps patients maintain swallowing and eating after radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Also helps patients with cognitive issues improve their memory and organization
Vocational Counselor
Supports patients in returning to work during or after cancer treatment and helps them to learn how to accomplish job-related tasks

Physiatrist
Specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of nerve, muscle, and bone disorders that can affect how patients move and function. Also help with pain management
Exercise Physiologist
Analyzes a patient’s fitness to help them improve function, evaluates cardiovascular function and metabolism, and designs fitness plan around needs during and after cancer treatment
Rehabilitation Therapist
Develops plans to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Helps maximize the function, comfort, and safety of patients during everyday living situations at home, school and/or work
Physical Therapist (PT)
Helps patients improve or restore mobility, as well as reduce or eliminate pain
Home Health Aide
Helps people with their personal care and household chores,which may include bathing, dressing, cooking, etc.

Psychiatrist
Doctor who specializes in detecting and treating mental disorders, provides counseling and prescribes medications
Neuropsychologist
Helps manage cognitive problems that patients often face during and after cancer treatment, such as “chemobrain”
Psychologist
Helps patients manage emotions, adaptations to changes in life and mental health
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Provides counseling and helps treat stress, anxiety, depression and/or grief
Marriage and Family Therapist
Provides counseling to couples and families
Mental Health Counselor
Helps patients achieve emotional wellness and improve mental
Bereavement Counselor
Provides support and counseling to the patient and their family as health of the patient declines. Also helps the family deal with the grief before and after the loss of a loved one

Anesthesiologist
Doctor who administers medicines that block sensation or awareness during surgical procedures
Nurse Anesthetist
Provides drugs/other agents that cause loss of feeling and/or relieve pain
Hospice Nurse
Helps the patient with pain and symptom control during end-of-life care
Palliative Care Doctor
Doctor that helps prevent and treat symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment with a focus on the patient’s quality of life
Palliative Care Nurse
Provides supportive care to help the patient manage pain and symptoms
Pharmacist
Fills prescriptions and provides education on how to take medications

Primary Care Physician
Doctor who coordinates a patient’s overall healthcare as gatekeeper
Genetic Specialist
Evaluates patient’s risk of certain conditions and provides support that can help with treatment planning
Allergist/Immunologist
Doctor who diagnoses and treats allergies, asthma and immune deficiency disorders
Anesthesiologist
Doctor who administers medicines that block sensation or awareness during surgical procedures
Cardiologist
Doctor who specializes in heart diseases and heart abnormalities
Dermatologist
Doctor who specializes in diseases that affect the skin, hair, and nails
Endocrinologist
Doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect hormone production
Fertility Endocrinologist
Doctor who helps preserve the ability to have children and/or helps with infertility
Gastroenterologist
Doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver
Gynecologist
Doctor who specializes in female health issues, including treating diseases of the reproductive organs
Hematopathologist
Doctor who uses specialized tests to diagnose disease of the blood, lymph nodes and bone marrow.
Neonatologist
Doctor who specializes in the care of newborn babies (up until ~6 weeks of age)
Nephrologist
Doctor who specializes in kidney (renal) diseases
Neurologist
Doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the nervous system
Ophthalmologist
Doctor who specializes in eye diseases
Otolaryngologist
Doctor who specializes in diseases and injuries of the ear, nose, and throat
Pathologist
Doctor who evaluates cells and tissues to provide diagnosis and stage of cancer
Pediatrician
Doctor who cares for children and teens
Podiatrist
Doctor who diagnoses and treats disorders related to the ankle or foot
Pulmonologist
Doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases and cancers of the lungs and respiratory tract
Rheumatologist
Doctor who diagnoses and treats inflammatory or autoimmune conditions
Urologist
Doctor who treats problems in the urinary tract

Chaplain
Provides spiritual support to patients and their families across different faiths during health crisis situations
Pastoral Counselor
Provides counseling within the context of religion and spirituality