Your cancer care team
As part of your cancer treatment plan, you will likely work with a team of health care providers. Learn about the types of providers you may work with and what they do.
Oncology is the field of medicine that covers cancer care and treatment. A doctor who works in this field is called an oncologist. There are several types of oncologists. They may have titles based on who or what they treat. For instance, a pediatric oncologist treats cancer in children. A gynecologic oncologist treats cancer in women's reproductive organs.
Oncologists may also have titles based on the type of treatment they use. These oncologists include:
Other Cancer Care Providers
Other members of your cancer care team may include the following:
Working with Your Care Team
Each member of your care team plays an important role. But it may be hard to keep track of what each person does for you. DO NOT hesitate to ask someone what they do and how they will help you. This can help you understand your care plan better and feel more in control of your treatment.
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Review Date: 1/31/2018
Reviewed By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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