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Your Cancer Care Team

We know having cancer presents many challenges to daily living. A variety of health care professionals are available to help you deal with your concerns.


Appointment coordinator

Appointment coordinators set up patient appointments for you. Call the appointment desk if you have questions about your appointments or need to change/cancel appointments.


Breast care coordinator/navigator

A breast care coordinator/navigator is a registered nurse who can guide and partner with patients through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. The coordinator can supply patients with education, emotional support and other resources.

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Dietitian/Nutritionist

Registered dietitians in Nutrition Services provide nutrition assessment and patient education/counseling for patients with cancer before, during and after treatment. Family members or others involved in the patient’s care are welcome to attend appointments. Talk with your health care team and request to see a dietitian if you have had a poor appetite for more than one week or unplanned/unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more.

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Dosimetrist

A dosimetrist is a member of your care team who creates the radiation oncology treatment plan for the linear accelerator according to the radiation oncologist’s prescription. After a physicist checks the work, the dosimetrist then places the treatment plan on the computer that controls radiation treatment.


Financial counselor, Patient Assistance Center

The Patient Assistance Center personnel assist patients with insurance benefits, eligibility and obtaining prior authorizations. They provide fee estimates and assist with billing concerns and payment arrangements. Also, they provide assistance to patients who are underinsured or uninsured and assist those with financial needs. 

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Patient financial navigator

Some of our cancer centers have oncology patient financial navigators that verify insurance and provide financial resources for patients. By connecting and assisting patients with drug assistance, co-pay support and insurance coverage options, they give peace of mind and allow you to focus on healing.

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Genetic counselors

Genetic counselors analyze your genes to discover what type of cancer you have and whether that gene can be passed down to your children. This helps educate and empower individuals so they can make better-informed decisions regarding their health care and can lead to more personalized cancer care services.

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Health psychologist, Behavioral Health

When diagnosed with cancer, you are not only faced with a significant physical disease requiring treatment, but also a disease which is stressful emotionally to you and your family. You may have depression, anxiety, fears of discomfort or pain from medical procedures, or react to changes in physical appearance. Others react to loss of control, independence, productivity and the financial burdens of treatment. Supportive counseling is available to you and your family to assist in coping and working through the impact that cancer may have on your life.

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Hematologist

Hematologists are doctors who are specialists in blood diseases. Their work is based on a specialized knowledge that prepares them to select the best treatment through an understanding of blood diseases while educating patients and others.

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Medical assistant

Medical assistants (M.A. or C.M.A.) aid the doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant in office functions including assisting with procedures, monitoring vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, weight, etc.) and scheduling tests and appointments. A M.A. should be called if you need medicine/prescription refills or need to relay information to your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.


Nurse practitioner/physician's assistant

Oncology nurse practitioners (N.P.) or physician assistants (P.A.) are health care providers with advanced education who work together with your cancer doctor to provide health care to persons with cancer or blood disorders. 

Services of N.P./P.A. include, but are not limited to obtaining health histories; completing physical exams; ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests (such as blood tests and X-rays); ordering and assessing responses to treatments; prescribing medicines; counseling, and educating patients about their illnesses and treatments; providing follow-up care; and making referrals.


Oncologist

Oncologists are doctors who study, diagnose and treat cancerous tumors. They work in hospitals and medical centers, university hospitals and research organizations. They work with your radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist to develop your treatment plan.

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Oncology nurse navigator

An oncology nurse navigator is a registered nurse who can guide patients and their caregivers through their cancer journey. The navigator can provide patients with education, emotional support and other support resources. The oncology nurse navigator works with a variety of specialists and health care team members to create and guide patients through their individual treatment plan.

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Oncology research nurse

A clinical trial helps doctors and researchers find better ways to prevent, treat or diagnose diseases, such as cancer. Some studies find ways to prevent and treat symptoms or side effects caused by cancer and cancer treatments.

Before you agree to join a study or clinical trial, your doctor or research nurse will explain what the trial is for and what will happen. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have before agreeing to join a study.

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Pain management

Pain management can help manage your pain and reduce its hold over your life through proven, innovative techniques.

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Palliative care/Medicine doctor

Palliative care is the comprehensive management of physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients and families. It is primarily for persons with advanced, progressive disease. The intensity and range of palliative care interventions may change as illness progresses or symptoms worsen. The overall goal is to improve quality of life by emphasizing care of the whole person, including family and loved ones.

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Pharmacist

Pharmacists answer questions and teach patients on proper use of prescription medicines, including side effects, and possible interaction(s) between medicines/food or other medicines (prescriptions, vitamins and herbal supplements). 


Physicist

Once a radiation oncology treatment plan is complete, a physicist checks to make sure the treatment plan is deliverable, dose calculations are correct and dose calculations can be properly delivered following the standards and guidelines.


Plastic and cosmetic surgery

Plastic surgeons help restore the function, appearance, self-image and confidence of patients who suffer from deformities resulting from cancer or cancer surgery.

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Radiation oncologist

Radiation oncologists are doctors who are specialists in treating cancerous tumors with radiation. Their work is based on a specialized knowledge that prepares them to select the best treatment through an understanding of radiation therapy. They work with your oncologist and surgical oncologist to develop your treatment plan.

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Radiation therapist

Radiation therapists work with the radiation oncologist. They specialize in operating the linear accelerator that actually provides the radiation therapy. They will also help get you setup for your treatments. 

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Registered nurse

Oncology registered nurses specialize in caring for people with cancer. They give chemotherapy, help during radiation therapy treatments, provide education on cancer treatment, counsel and assess patient needs.

Call an oncology registered nurse when you have questions, concerns or problems with your cancer care. Oncology certified nurses (O.C.N.) have taken and passed a national certification oncology exam.


Rehabilitation and recovery services

Rehabilitation and exercise programs designed to help you move forward and return to your everyday activities.

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Social worker, Community Resources

Social work services focus to meet the emotional and social needs of patients and families. Some of these services include referrals to county agencies, help with advance directives, counseling and much more.

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Specialty oncologist

Specialty oncologists are doctors who are specially trained to treat specific types of cancers. They work with your medical oncologist/hematologist, radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist to develop your treatment plan.

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Surgical oncologist

Surgical oncologists are doctors who remove various tumors using surgery. They work with your oncologist and radiation oncologist to develop your treatment plan. They work in hospitals and medical centers, university hospitals and research organizations. 

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Survivorship coordinator

The survivorship coordinator is a registered nurse who offers holistic care for cancer survivors and co-survivors. Survivorship coordinators can assist with cancer survivorship resources and research information, written cancer treatment summary and follow-up care plan, and support groups and other program opportunities. At Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, a comprehensive program called WINGS provides additional survivorship resources including a designated WINGS survivorship coordinator.

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Tobacco cessation counselors

It is never too late to quit smoking. We have resources, including counselors, to help you quit smoking.

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