Cancer can affect your body, mind, and spirit. It also has an impact on your caregiver(s). You should be the coach of your healthcare team and have input on who is involved in your care and the care of your caregiver.
You will most likely have many doctors with different specialties involved in your care, and they should work together to coordinate your care so you get the best available treatment plan to manage your cancer. Usually an oncologist that specializes in treating cancer will coordinate your care. You may need several oncologists depending on the type of cancer you have and how it is treated. There are oncologists with different specialties including: Surgery, radiation, and medical oncology if you need chemotherapy. You may also see a radiologist for diagnostics, and other medical specialists as necessary such as specialists in pain management, gastroenterology, and pulmonology. Oncology nurses, nurse care managers, radiation therapists, pharmacists, and other highly trained professionals are a critical part of the team to deliver and monitor your treatment plan.
Because cancer and cancer treatment has an impact on your body, mind, and spirit, there are other important members of your team. At our treatment center, a team of integrative medicine clinicians work with our oncologists to provide treatment options to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life during treatment. These team members include: A Naturopathic Oncology Provider, a Registered Dietitian, a Mind-Body expert, Physical, Occupational, Speech, & Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Pastors, and Chiropractors.