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Your Relationship with Your Oncologist

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There are three main types of specialists within the field of clinical oncology:

                                                   
  • Medical oncologist: Treats the cancer with medicine or chemotherapy.
  • Surgical oncologist: Performs biopsies, surgical removal of tumors, staging of tumors
  • Radiation oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer with radiation therapy.

There are pediatric oncologists and gynecologic oncologists as well. In addition to the oncologists, your cancer health care team typically also includes your primary care doctor, radiation therapists, oncology nurses, psychologists, social workers and you and your family.

In the majority of cases, it’s the medical oncologist who works with the cancer patient through all phases of the illness. The medical oncologist is the overseer of your case, and plays a key role in the direction your treatment will take. Some of the common aspects of your medical oncologist’s role include:

  • Helping you to sift through and understand all of the new information you’re taking in about your cancer
  • Monitoring your treatment, including side effects, and making adjustments when necessary
  • Recommending the other oncologists you’ll need as part of your care team
  • Communicating with you about how your treatment is going
  • Remaining with you even if treatment is no longer working, and you’ve reached the point where the focus shifts to making you as comfortable as possible

When you’re choosing your oncologists, make sure they’re people you feel comfortable with. Be sure you feel as though you can communicate with them easily, telling them what’s on your mind. Make sure you feel as though they respect you. As you go through this complex, you need to feel as though your care team is on the same page you are and understands your needs.

Source:
American Society of Clinical Oncology,

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=cmed.section.17303

http://www.cycleofhope.org/living/treatment_team.htm




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