What doctors and specialists treat colorectal cancer?

The best treatment of colorectal cancer requires a multidisciplinary team approach. As a cancer patient, you benefit from multidisciplinary case reviews, which can include specialists from various disciplines:
  • Gastroenterologist: a physician specializing in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Cancer Nurse Navigator: a registered nurse with special training who can help answer your questions and provide information on resources and support services
  • Medical oncologist: a physician specializing in treating cancer with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or immunotherapy
  • Pathologist: a physician who examines tissues and cells under a microscope to determine if they are normal or abnormal
  • Radiation oncologist: a physician specializing in treating cancer with radiation therapy
  • Radiologist: a physician who uses x-rays and other imaging tests to diagnose disease
  • Colorectal surgeon: a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of conditions that affect the colon, rectum, and anus

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