The care team members at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are experts in all aspects of the treatment of cancers and blood disorders. They know about treatment plans, emergency care, and preventive medicine. They can also offer support and are experienced in educating the public about cancer. Whether you see these individuals in groups or individually, they communicate with one another about your treatment and care.
Your official appointment time may begin with any of these care team members, not necessarily with the attending doctor who directs your care.
Your care team may include these members:
Attending doctors are experienced oncologists (doctors who specialize in cancer) and surgeons who direct your care.
A fellow is a licensed doctor who has completed medical school and three or more years of specialty training.
A resident has completed medical school, earned the title of doctor, and continues advanced training in oncology or a related specialty.
Medical students and interns, in the process of earning a degree in medicine, assist in your care while receiving instruction and training from your attending doctor.
A nurse practitioner has an advanced nursing degree. These nurses admit patients to the hospital, perform physical examinations and procedures, and write prescriptions to facilitate your care.
Physician assistants have two or more years of advanced training. They work with doctors and can do some of the things a doctor does.
The registered nurses at HCI are trained to work with people who have cancer, delivering chemotherapy and providing information regarding their care and treatment. They are your best contact for information and assistance.
A case manager is a registered nurse who coordinates and communicates the patient's care plan to all care providers, monitoring needs from diagnosis and treatment through follow-up.
Medical assistants are specially trained to gather patient health information and help doctors and nurses with procedures.
Clinical care specialists coordinate each new patient's visit, setting appointments with the care team, collecting the necessary insurance and medical records, and guiding patients through the first visit.
Pharmacists review all aspects of medication use for patients. An integral part of the care team, they consult with physicians and nurses to create each patient's customized medication plan. In addition to compounding and dispensing medications, pharmacists are an important source for drug information. View the Pharmacy webpage.
Licensed clinical social workers from HCI's Patient and Family Support team help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes that come from a cancer diagnosis.
A registered dietitian monitors your weight and is available for consultation to help patients with the best advice on diet and nutrition.