Meet the cancer care team at Upstate
Here are some of the typical team members at the Upstate Cancer Center:
Medical oncologist – is usually the doctor who coordinates your care. He or she may specialize in a particular type of cancer.
Surgeon – removes cancer surgically, before or after additional treatment, and sometimes instead of additional treatment. Plastic surgeons may become involved to help reducing scarring or reconstruct body tissue.
Radiation oncologist – prescribes and oversees radiation therapy to shrink or eliminate tumors.
Your primary care doctor – remains an important resource for patients during their cancer treatment.
Psychologists and psychiatrists – treat anxiety and depression during and after cancer treatment.
Nurses – are part of every aspect of your treatment and are good resources for explaining what to expect and how to manage cancer-related pain and other side effects.
Technicians – assist doctors or nurses in many facets of cancer care.
Social worker – can provide referrals for services patients may need during and after cancer treatment, including home health care. He or she can also help with the adjustment after diagnosis.
Radiologist – uses medical imaging technology – such as X-rays, ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging – to help make a diagnosis.
Nuclear medicine physician – is involved in molecular imaging and molecular therapy.
Medical physicist – works with interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and radiation oncologists.
Pathologist – interprets laboratory tests and evaluates cells, tissues and organs to help make a diagnosis.
Geneticist – specializes in cancers that are inherited from a parent. He or she can tell whether someone is at an increased risk for developing certain types of cancers based on his or her personal and family history of cancer.
Registered dietitian nutritionist – advises patients about how to eat during treatment.
Integrative therapy practitioners – help improve healing through Reiki, yoga, acupuncture and more.
Physical therapist – works with patients who need rehabilitation as part of their cancer care.
Request an appointment
Reach the Upstate Cancer Center by calling 315-464-4673.
This article appears in the fall 2017 issue of Cancer Care magazine.