Talking to your doctor can be difficult, no matter what the diagnosis is. Just hearing about it can be overwhelming. Good communication with your doctor or healthcare provider can help improve the quality of care you receive. We would suggest that you try to put a team of medical experts together for an opinion. Some facilities have a team-approach, but some places you need to seek out your specialists. Your list could include, but is not limited to the following:
Gastroenterologist – A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system.
Integrative Medicine – A combination of eastern and western medicine. The focus is on the whole patient – mind, body, spirit and community.
Medical Oncologist – A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. After a cancer diagnosis is made, it is the oncologist?s role to explain the cancer diagnosis and the meaning of the disease stage to the patient; discuss various treatment options; recommend the best course of treatment; deliver optimal care; and improve quality of life both through curative therapy and palliative care with pain and symptom management.
Nurse Case Manager – the person responsible in the process of organizing and coordinating resources and services in response to individual healthcare needs along the illness and care continuum.
Oncology Certified Nurses – A nurse who specializes in treatment of patients with cancer and has passed a certification examination, developed and administered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Pain Management Specialist – A pain management specialist is a physician with special training in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of pain. Pain is actually a wide spectrum of disorders including acute pain, chronic pain and cancer pain and sometimes a combination of these.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and specialists who work together to provide an extra layer of support. It can be a means of helping patients and their families clarify their goals of care while providing symptom management, psychosocial guidance, and spiritual support.
Pathologists – the science or the study of the origin, nature, and course of diseases. A physician who interprets and diagnoses the changes caused by disease in tissues and body fluids.
Pharmacist – a person who is professionally qualified to prepare and dispense medicinal drugs.
Psychologist – a specialist in psychology.
Radiation Oncologist – A physician whose specialty is the use of radiation therapy as a treatment for cancer.
Registered Dietitian – a specialist trained in foods and the management of diets who consults with patients regarding their nutrition before, during and after chemotherapy.
Surgical Oncologist – a surgeon that specializes in the cure and management of cancer
Social Worker – is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and subjective well-being of individuals, families, couples, groups, and communities.