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Your Treatment Team

Once your doctor has all the specific information about your breast cancer, you will talk about all the treatments considered appropriate for your case. No one doctor is able to provide all the care and services you may need, and you will quickly learn about new people who will be on your treatment team. Some of the medical experts who may be part of your treatment team are:

Anesthesiologist: A doctor who specializes in giving drugs or other agents to prevent or relieve pain during surgery or other procedures being done in the hospital.

Gynecologist: A doctor who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductive organs.

Nutritionist: A health professional with special training in nutrition who can help with dietary choices. Also called a dietitian.

Oncologist: A doctor who specializes in treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation.

Medical oncologist: A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A medical oncologist often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.

Oncology nurse: A nurse who specializes in treating and caring for people who have cancer.

Oncology pharmacy specialist: A licensed pharmacist with special training in how to design, give, monitor, and change chemotherapy for cancer patients. Also called BCOP and board certified oncology pharmacy specialist.

Pathologist: A doctor who identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.

Physical therapist: A health professional who teaches exercises and physical activities that help condition muscles and restore strength and movement.

Plastic surgeon or reconstructive surgeon: A surgeon who specializes in reducing scarring or disfigurement that may occur as a result of accidents, birth defects, or treatment for diseases; a doctor who can surgically reshape or rebuild (reconstruct) your breast after surgery for breast cancer.

Primary care doctor: A doctor who manages a person's health care over time. A primary care doctor is able to give a wide range of care, including prevention and treatment, can discuss cancer treatment choices, and can refer a patient to a specialist.

Psychologist: A specialist who can talk with patients and their families about emotional and personal matters, and can help them make decisions.

Radiation oncologist: A doctor who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer.

Radiation therapist: A health professional who gives radiation treatment.

Radiologist: A doctor who specializes in creating and interpreting pictures of areas inside the body. The pictures are produced with x-rays, sound waves, or other types of energy.

Social worker: A professional trained to talk with people and their families about emotional or physical needs, and to find them support services.

Surgical oncologist: A doctor who performs biopsies and other surgical procedures in cancer patients.

Aetna Member: If you would like more information about breast cancer and breast cancer prevention, please call (888) 322-8742.

Miembros de Aetna: Si desean mayor información sobre el cáncer de seno y sobre su prevención por favor llame al (888) 322-8742.

Last updated October 5, 2010




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