Providence Gastrointestinal Cancer Program -- Multidisciplinary Team
Your multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer care team consists of these trained specialists:
- Gastroenterologist – A doctor who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system
- Medical oncologist – An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of people with cancer. A medical oncologist is an expert in the use of chemotherapy and specialized medications to treat cancer.
- Radiation oncologist – An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of people with cancer. A radiation oncologist is an expert in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer.
- Gastrointestinal surgeon – A medical doctor who operates and treats diseases and conditions associated with the digestive system.
- Thoracic surgeon – A doctor who specializes in surgery of the esophagus, in addition to surgery of the heart, lungs, and mediastinum.
- Radiologist – A doctor who specializes in defining medical problems by interpreting imaging studies, such as X-rays, mammograms, CT scans (“CAT” Scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), PET scans, and ultrasound.
- Interventional radiologist – is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes (e.g., angiograms), while others are done for treatment purposes.
- Pathologist – A doctor who specializes in diagnosing medical problems by looking under the microscope at organ and tissue samples, such as tissue taken during a biopsy.
- Integrative medicine specialist – combines conventional medical treatments and alternative treatments for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness.
- Gastrointestinal cancer patient social worker – A master's-prepared social worker who is available to assess, support and counsel patients and their families through the process of treatment and recovery related to gastrointestinal cancers.
- Clinical research staff – Physicians, scientists, doctors, nurses and support personnel who participate in specialized research of cancer including those who perform bench research, patient education and follow up with patients.