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Meet the Rush-Copley Cancer Care Team

Medical Oncologist: a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer with chemotherapy and other drugs. A medical oncologist is different from a surgical oncologist, who mostly treats cancer with surgery. View Medical Oncologists Profiles

Hematologist: a doctor who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. View Hematologists Profiles

Radiation Oncologist: a doctor who specializes in the use of radiation to treat cancer. View Radiation Oncologists Profiles

Gynecologic Oncologist: a doctor who specializes in cancers of women’s reproductive organs. View Gynecologic Oncologists Profiles

Pathologist : a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and classifying diseases by lab tests, such as looking at tissue and cells under a microscope. The pathologist determines whether a tumor contains cancer, and, if it is cancer, the exact cell type (where it started) and grade (how fast it likely will grow).

Surgeon: a doctor who performs operations.

Plastic Surgeon: a surgeon who specializes in altering or restoring the way the body looks or in rebuilding removed or injured body parts. In reconstruction (rebuilding body parts), the surgeon may use tissue from the patient or some special material with the right consistency to hold a shape or form over time. Also called a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Radiologist : a doctor with special training in diagnosing diseases by interpreting (reading) x-rays and other types of imaging studies that make pictures of the inside of the body.

Radiation Therapist: a person with special training to work the equipment that delivers radiation therapy. This expert often helps the patient get into the right position for treatment and then actually gives the treatment.

Radiation Therapy Nurse: a registered nurse who is an expert in the radiation therapy care of patients. This nurse may teach the patient about treatment before it starts and help manage any treatment side effects.

Registered Dietitian (RD):  an expert in the area of nutrition and food who has at least a bachelor’s degree and has passed a national board exam. Many RDs specialize in areas like weight management, exercise science, cancer care, or cardiac rehabilitation. Learn More

Dosimetrist: a person who calculates and plans the correct radiation dose (the amount, rate, and how the dose is spread out) for cancer treatment or other diseases that require radiation treatment.

Radiation Physicist:  a medical physicist overseas that the radiation equipment is working the way it should and that it is delivering the correct dose of the dose of radiation prescribed by the patient's physician.

Genetic Counselor: a specially trained health professional who helps people decide whether to have genetic testing done, to understand the risk of a genetic disorder within a family, provides information about the options available depending on the results of genetic testing and helps the patient consider the screening and preventive measures that are best based on the test results.

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): a registered nurse with a master’s degree and advanced clinical practice in oncology nursing who specializes in the care of cancer patients. Oncology CNSs have many different roles depending on the setting. They may give direct patient or family care; supervise staff caring for patients and families; do nursing research related to cancer patients; or teach patients, families, and staff about cancer, treatment, and side effects.

Oncology Social Worker: usually a person with a master’s degree in medical social work who is an expert in coordinating and providing help with the social and emotional needs of the cancer patient and family. The oncology social worker may do counseling, help patients and families manage financial problems, work on housing or child care issues (when treatments must be taken at a facility away from home), and help people cope with different types of emotional distress. Support Groups

Oncology Nurse: a registered nurse (RN) who specialized in the care of cancer patients. They administer chemotherapy, blood products and other medications.

Research Coordinator:   Certified profession who screens all new patients for eligibility in clinical trials. Coordinates care of patients enrolled in a clinical trial. Current Clinical Trials

Financial Coordinator: a person trained to assist with billing or insurance questions. One-on-one counseling is available for patients and families seeking financial assistance. You can schedule an appointment with our financial counselor by calling the Cancer Center.

Oncology and Survivorship Nurse Navigator: Oncology nurse that assists patients throughout the continuum of care, from diagnosis through survivorship.

Breast Health Navigator: A breast health navigator is responsible for coordinating diagnostic testing and care, providing educational information, informing patients of services and resources available, and keeping physicians informed of patient care.

Rehabilitation:  Specialists in physical, occupational, speech and lymphedema therapies. With the goal of returning the patient to their optimal functional level as quickly as possible. Learn More

Oncology Pharmacist: a Pharmacist certified in oncology with specialized knowledge in oncology medications.

Community Health Outreach Coordinator: a person who serves as resource to patients and community members about support services and program. Also serves as a liaison between the cancer center and community organizations and agencies.

Chaplain: a member of the clergy who attends to the spiritual needs of the patient and family. Often a chaplain is trained to care for people of many denominations, faiths, and beliefs.