Your cancer care team
Cancer is a complex illness that affects a person not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. A diagnosis of cancer affects not only the person with the cancer, but also his or her friends and family. Therefore, a team of highly trained individuals will be working together to provide you with comprehensive and holistic treatment. You may encounter a variety of specialists as a patient at Community Cancer Centers.
Physicians and surgeons
Your medical care will be directed by an oncologist, a board-certified doctor with years of specialized training and experience in cancer. During the course of your illness you may also need to be seen by other doctors specializing in internal medicine, infectious disease or disorders affecting specific organs such as heart, lungs and kidneys. Our cancer doctors include:
Oncology nurse navigators
Nurse navigators act as a guide, resource, advocate, educator and liaison for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their family. Meet the oncology nurse navigators >>
Symptom Management Group
The Symptom Management Group assists patients and families in providing comfort, relieving symptoms, and easing distress caused from disease and treatment. Learn more and meet the symptom management team >>
Community Cancer Center nurses have received advanced training in the care of patients with cancer. We employ more than 20 nurses who have received the OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) certification. They have extensive knowledge about how to give you the treatment your doctor prescribed and they know the best method for administering your treatment. They also watch for side effects and changes in you, and teach you how to help care for yourself in the hospital, the clinic or at home.
Nurse practitioner (NP)
This is a registered nurse with advanced training, usually a master’s degree. You may see a nurse practitioner for physical exams, daily visits if you are an inpatient, certain procedures such as a bone marrow biopsy, or for education or discharge planning.
Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)
This is a registered nurse with a master’s degree who helps to train the oncology staff and assists the staff with difficult patient care issues such as pain control and symptom management.
Radiation therapists have special training in radiation therapy and physics. They coordinate and deliver your daily radiation treatments according to the prescription of your radiation doctor.
Both cancer and the treatment can take its toll on your body and affect your appetite. Your body will need to maintain the best nutrition possible during your illness and treatment. The dietitian will assist you and your family in assuring a healthy diet for you.
The oncology pharmacist works directly with your health care team to ensure a safe and effective program of medication, chemotherapy, antibiotics and other medicines that your illness may require.
The oncology chaplain has special skills in assisting you and your family to draw upon your particular spiritual resources for healing. The chaplain is available to people of all faiths as well as to those without a religious affiliation.
The stress and challenges of having cancer can sometimes seem overwhelming. A physician who has specialized in psycho-oncology is available to assist you and your family in working through emotional and psychological difficulties.
The social worker is available to assist you with many of the practical aspects of coping with your illness. They can help to identify and access various financial and community resources to support you and your family’s special needs during this time of illness.
Case managers help to coordinate your medical care and services in the hospital, the clinic or at home. They work frequently with insurance providers.
Financial counselors verify insurance benefits for your tests and treatments, maintain your account, and help you set up payment plans or assistance for those with low income.
Professionally trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and others may be enlisted to care for any special needs.
Numerous other individuals are dedicated to caring for you as transporters, schedulers, nursing assistants, secretaries, food service workers, housekeepers and volunteers.