Multidisciplinary cancer care

Also known as: Cancer care, multidisciplinary

The evidence-based, multidisciplinary team approach to patient care at Providence Cancer Center is creating hope and changing lives for many people living with cancer.

Providence offers several multidisciplinary clinics which focus on specific cancer areas. See a list of our multidisciplinary cancer specialty clinics.

During your cancer treatment, you may work with one of more of these trained professionals:

  • Breast surgeon – a surgeon who specializes in cancer of the breast and is skilled in a number of surgical options, ranging from mastectomies  to sentinel-node biopsies.
  • Cancer registrars professionals who complete a summary of the history, diagnosis, treatment and disease status for every cancer patient. Their work leads to better information that is used in the management of cancer, and ultimately, cures. 
  • Clinical research staff – physicians, scientists, nurses and support staff who participate in specialized cancer research. Research staff includes those who perform bench research, patient education and patient follow-up.
  • Colorectal surgeon – a surgeon who treat diseases of the intestinal tract, anus and rectum. Colorectal surgeons not only operate to remove malignancies, they strongly encourage the testing that can lead to early detection. If caught early, colorectal cancer can be cured. Colorectal surgeons also deal with hemorrhoids, polyps and other ailments.
  • Gastroenterologist – a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the digestive system.
  • Gastrointestinal surgeon – a medical doctor who operates and treats diseases and conditions associated with the digestive system.
  • General surgeon – a surgeon who perform a number of procedures aimed at treating a range of diseases and conditions, including cancer, appendicitis, tonsillitis and hernia.
  • Gynecologic oncologist – a physician who specializes in studying, diagnosing and treating tumors and cancers in the female reproductive system, including breast care.
  • Hematologist – a specialist concerned with blood and the blood system. A hematologist treats blood diseases such as cancer, lymphoma, serious anemia and sickle cell disease.
  • Integrative medicine specialist – a specialist who combines conventional medical treatments and selected alternative treatments for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.
  • Interventional radiologist –  a radiology subspecialist who performs minimally-invasive procedures using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes, while others are done for treatment.
  • Medical oncologist – a doctor who specializes in caring for people with cancer. A medical oncologist is an expert in the use of chemotherapy and specialized medications to treat cancer.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – specializes in preventing malnutrition, maintaining nutritional health and symptom management during treatment, and also post treatment nutrition to reduce reoccurrence.
  • Nuclear medicine physician – a specialist who uses radioactive substances and sophisticated diagnostic equipment to determine a variety of conditions and diseases. The equipment used in nuclear medicine – including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography) – reveals the inner workings of the body and its organs.
  • Nurse navigator – also called a “patient navigator,” this professional helps patients with diagnosed or suspected cancer to receive a timely diagnosis and treatment. They link patients and families with needed resources and support during cancer treatment.
  • 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.
  • Oncology 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 cancer.
  • Pulmonologist – a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the lung.
  • Radiation oncologist – a doctor who specializes in caring for people with cancer and an expert in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer.
  • 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.
  • Respiratory therapist – trained members of the health care team who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders
  • Survivorship counselor – helps patients after diagnosis through the Providence Cancer Survivorship Program, a multidisciplinary resource for cancer survivors.
  • Thoracic surgeon – a doctor who specializes in surgery of the esophagus, heart, lungs and mediastinum.

At Providence Cancer Center, patients and families benefit from some of the finest, most comprehensive cancer services in the world, including the best in diagnostic imaging, state-of-the-art treatments, nationally-renowned research, and compassionate counseling and support. Our doctors, surgeons, nurses, researchers, patient advocates and other caregivers work together to treat cancer aggressively and to ensure that no person has to face the challenge of a cancer diagnosis alone.

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