Diagnosing & Treating Cancer The Cancer Care Team

The Cancer Care Team

An oncologist is a specialist in cancer who will be your primary physician. He or she will analyse results of investigations and prescribe the appropriate treatment and follow-up therapy. However there are other medical personnel in the cancer care team who each contribute to your diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

oncology clinical nurse specialist:
a registered nurse with a master's degree in oncology nursing who specializes in the care of cancer patients. Oncology nurse specialists may prepare and administer treatments, monitor patients, prescribe and provide supportive care, and teach and counsel patients and their families.

a doctor who examines cells to determine the nature of the tumour. For example, he or she will be able to tell you whether the tumour is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

a trained medical specialist who is responsible for managing the imaging equipment that is used for scanning, and to obtain results that are of sufficient quality for the radiologist to make a diagnosis. The radiographer is also responsible for positioning the patient in the correct manner for the best imaging results.

a doctor with special training in diagnosing diseases by interpreting x-rays and other types of imaging studies. The radiologist will advise the oncologist based on what he or she can determine from the scanning procedures. social worker: a person trained to provide counselling and moral support for cancer patients, particularly for patients who lack resources.

in cancer treatment, the surgeon will be responsible for the removal of the tumour where possible, or to relieve symptoms should the tumour not be removed in its entirety.

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