Your health care team may include:
A medical oncologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy.
A radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer patients, using radiation therapy as the main mode of treatment.
A nurse gives care. Nurses often have the most contact with you and will answer questions, give medicine and provide emotional support.
Oncology nurses have special training in care for people with cancer.
A pathologist looks at samples of tissue taken from the body under a microscope to diagnose illness or see how the cancer is being affected by the treatment.
A pharmacist prepares cancer drugs and other medications and explains how they work.
A physiotherapist can work with you to restore and maintain physical fitness. They can help you when you have a hard time moving around or carrying out daily activities.
An occupational therapist is similar to a physiotherapist but they also can help you return to work or modify your work activities while you have treatment.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and counsellors are mental health specialists. They can help you and your family understand, manage and cope with feelings, thoughts, worries and behaviours.
A registered dietitian can answer your questions on diet and nutrition throughout your treatment and recovery.
A social worker or counsellor helps you and your family cope with the illness and its treatment. Social workers can provide or refer you to counselling, support groups, financial assistance, and other resources.
Your family doctor or GP (general practitioner) provides general, primary healthcare to you. They play an important part in continuing your care, especially after your cancer treatments are over.