A medical oncologist is a doctor who completes a three-year residency in internal medicine, followed by a two-year fellowship in oncology. A medical oncologist prescribes chemotherapy and works with primary care physicians and other medical specialists. Often, the medical oncologist is the coordinator of the treatment team, keeping track of the various tests results and follow-up exams performed by other specialists.
A radiation oncologist is the doctor who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments. These physicians work with the other members of the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure that each treatment is given accurately. Your radiation oncologist will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its target while minimizing side effects. Before, during and after your radiation therapy treatments, your radiation oncologist works closely with other cancer doctors, such as medical oncologists and surgeons, to maximize the radiation's effectiveness.
Radiation oncologists have completed at least four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of general medical training, and four years of residency or specialty training in radiation oncology. They have extensive training in cancer medicine and the safe use of radiation to treat disease.
A breast surgical oncologist is a surgeon who has completed additional training in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and who concentrates their practices in breast disease.
A colorectal surgeon is a doctor who has completed additional training in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, including cancer.
A thoracic surgeon is a doctor who has completed additional training in the treatment of diseases of the lung and thorax, including lung cancer and other cancers of the chest.
To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians or for more information, please contact our Nurse Navigator, Susan Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN.
Hope and Healing Stitchers - Knitting and Crocheting Club - 08/26/2016
Join fellow community knitters and/or crocheters on an ongoing basis. Share and learn new skills, while working on community projects that will benefit Kennedy Cancer Center patients and their families. Please bring your own supplies and materials.
Chair Yoga - 08/26/2016
Chair Yoga is ideal for the person who finds it difficult to participate in traditional yoga class due to physical limitations or joint issues. All poses are performed seated or standing, using a chair as support.