Appointment coordinators set up patient appointments for you. Call the appointment desk if you have questions about your appointments or need to change/cancel appointments.
Registered dietitians in Nutrition Services provide nutrition assessment and patient education/counseling for patients with cancer before, during and after treatment. Family members or others involved in the patient’s care are welcome to attend appointments. Talk with your health care team and request to see a dietitian if you have had a poor appetite for more than one week or unplanned/unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more.
A dosimetrist is a member of your care team who creates the radiation oncology treatment plan for the linear accelerator according to the radiation oncologist’s prescription. After a physicist checks the work, the dosimetrist then places the treatment plan on the computer that controls radiation treatment.
Financial counselor, Patient Assistance Center
The Patient Assistance Center personnel assist patients with insurance benefits, eligibility and obtaining prior authorizations. They provide fee estimates and assist with billing concerns and payment arrangements. Also, they provide assistance to patients who are underinsured or uninsured and assist those with financial needs.
Patient financial navigator
Some of our cancer centers have oncology patient financial navigators that verify insurance and provide financial resources for patients. By connecting and assisting patients with drug assistance, co-pay support and insurance coverage options, they give peace of mind and allow you to focus on healing.
Genetic counselors analyze your genes to discover what type of cancer you have and whether that gene can be passed down to your children. This helps educate and empower individuals so they can make better-informed decisions regarding their health care and can lead to more personalized cancer care services.
Health psychologist, Behavioral Health
When diagnosed with cancer, you are not only faced with a significant physical disease requiring treatment, but also a disease which is stressful emotionally to you and your family. You may have depression, anxiety, fears of discomfort or pain from medical procedures, or react to changes in physical appearance. Others react to loss of control, independence, productivity and the financial burdens of treatment. Supportive counseling is available to you and your family to assist in coping and working through the impact that cancer may have on your life.
Hematologists are doctors who are specialists in blood diseases. Their work is based on a specialized knowledge that prepares them to select the best treatment through an understanding of blood diseases while educating patients and others.
Medical assistants (M.A. or C.M.A.) aid the doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant in office functions including assisting with procedures, monitoring vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, weight, etc.) and scheduling tests and appointments. A M.A. should be called if you need medicine/prescription refills or need to relay information to your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
Nurse practitioner/physician's assistant
Oncology nurse practitioners (N.P.) or physician assistants (P.A.) are health care providers with advanced education who work together with your cancer doctor to provide health care to persons with cancer or blood disorders.
Services of N.P./P.A. include, but are not limited to obtaining health histories; completing physical exams; ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests (such as blood tests and X-rays); ordering and assessing responses to treatments; prescribing medicines; counseling, and educating patients about their illnesses and treatments; providing follow-up care; and making referrals.
Oncologists are doctors who study, diagnose and treat cancerous tumors. They work in hospitals and medical centers, university hospitals and research organizations. They work with your radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist to develop your treatment plan.
Oncology nurse navigator
An oncology nurse navigator is a registered nurse who can guide patients and their caregivers through their cancer journey. The navigator can provide patients with education, emotional support and other support resources. The oncology nurse navigator works with a variety of specialists and health care team members to create and guide patients through their individual treatment plan.
Oncology research nurse
A clinical trial helps doctors and researchers find better ways to prevent, treat or diagnose diseases, such as cancer. Some studies find ways to prevent and treat symptoms or side effects caused by cancer and cancer treatments.
Before you agree to join a study or clinical trial, your doctor or research nurse will explain what the trial is for and what will happen. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have before agreeing to join a study.
Pain management can help manage your pain and reduce its hold over your life through proven, innovative techniques.
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Palliative care/Medicine doctor
Palliative care is the comprehensive management of physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients and families. It is primarily for persons with advanced, progressive disease. The intensity and range of palliative care interventions may change as illness progresses or symptoms worsen. The overall goal is to improve quality of life by emphasizing care of the whole person, including family and loved ones.
Pharmacists answer questions and teach patients on proper use of prescription medicines, including side effects, and possible interaction(s) between medicines/food or other medicines (prescriptions, vitamins and herbal supplements).
Once a radiation oncology treatment plan is complete, a physicist checks to make sure the treatment plan is deliverable, dose calculations are correct and dose calculations can be properly delivered following the standards and guidelines.
Plastic and cosmetic surgery
Plastic surgeons help restore the function, appearance, self-image and confidence of patients who suffer from deformities resulting from cancer or cancer surgery.
Radiation oncologists are doctors who are specialists in treating cancerous tumors with radiation. Their work is based on a specialized knowledge that prepares them to select the best treatment through an understanding of radiation therapy. They work with your oncologist and surgical oncologist to develop your treatment plan.
Radiation therapists work with the radiation oncologist. They specialize in operating the linear accelerator that actually provides the radiation therapy. They will also help get you setup for your treatments.
Oncology registered nurses specialize in caring for people with cancer. They give chemotherapy, help during radiation therapy treatments, provide education on cancer treatment, counsel and assess patient needs.
Call an oncology registered nurse when you have questions, concerns or problems with your cancer care. Oncology certified nurses (O.C.N.) have taken and passed a national certification oncology exam.
Rehabilitation and recovery services
Rehabilitation and exercise programs designed to help you move forward and return to your everyday activities.
Social worker, Community Resources
Social work services focus to meet the emotional and social needs of patients and families. Some of these services include referrals to county agencies, help with advance directives, counseling and much more.
Specialty oncologists are doctors who are specially trained to treat specific types of cancers. They work with your medical oncologist/hematologist, radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist to develop your treatment plan.
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Speech Language Pathologists
Most patients with head and neck cancer will experience swallowing changes. Speech Language Pathologists play an essential role in the care of these individuals.
Surgical oncologists are doctors who remove various tumors using surgery. They work with your oncologist and radiation oncologist to develop your treatment plan. They work in hospitals and medical centers, university hospitals and research organizations.
The survivorship coordinator is a registered nurse who offers holistic care for cancer survivors and co-survivors. Survivorship coordinators can assist with cancer survivorship resources and research information, written cancer treatment summary and follow-up care plan, and support groups and other program opportunities.
Tobacco cessation counselors
It is never too late to quit smoking. We have resources, including counselors, to help you quit smoking.