Members of Your Breast Cancer Treatment Team
Part of the Breast Cancer For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Breast cancer patients have a whole team of caring and attentive health professionals who are focused on helping you beat the disease. Here's the roster for your breast cancer team:
Primary care doctor: Refers you to breast cancer specialist.
Pathologist: Looks at your tissue samples to determine whether they're cancerous.
Radiologist: Determines the extent of your cancer using mammography, ultrasound, and more. May also do a biopsy.
Medical oncologist: Helps you decide on which drug treatment is best for you. Will be in charge of your medical treatment for cancer.
Radiation oncologist: Administers your radiation treatment.
Surgical oncologist: Does biopsy, and operates on you for a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Plastic or reconstructive surgeon: Reconstructs your breast.
Anesthesiologist: Gives you anesthesia (knocks you out — in a good way) during surgery.
Other Key Members
Nurse: Assists in your care before and after treatment.
Oncology nurse: Coordinates your care and works jointly with other team members to provide you with the most effective care
Social worker: Helps you emotionally, with problem solving, with insurance, and with other logistics.
Radiology technologist: Positions you for X-rays and mammograms.
Physical therapist: Helps your body heal by showing how to move, stretch, and exercise.