What Kind of Doctor Do I Need?

Since there are a number of different areas our doctors can specialize in, here is a quick list of how to navigate various specialties when searching for doctors.

In addition to being board-certified, many of our doctors are sub-specialists, meaning they have at least one year, and in some cases many years, of additional fellowship training aimed at increasing their expertise in a specific field.

Types of Cancer Specialists

Cancer is primarily treated in three ways: with medicine, with radiation and with surgery. Your team of cancer physicians may include:

  • Medical oncologist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Other specialists

You can also consult the key below for a description of specialties.

  • Dermatology

    Physicians who specialize in skin diseases, including skin cancer.

  • Endocrinology

    Physicians who specialize in diseases of the thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, pineal and adrenal glands. They concentrate on any glands of the endocrine system.

  • Gastroenterology

    Physicians who specialize in diseases of the digestive tract (gastrointestinal or GI).

  • Gynecologic Oncology

    Physicians who specialize in the treatment of gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer.

  • Head and Neck Surgery

    Physicians who specialize in diseases of the head, neck and throat.

  • Hematology and Oncology

    Physicians who coordinate and oversee your cancer care. Medical oncologists specialize in the medical treatment of cancer, such as chemotherapy.

  • Interventional Radiology

    Physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures.

  • Pathology

    Physicians who specialize in the diagnosis of disease, including cancer.

  • Neurology or Neurosurgery

    Physicians who specialize in the treatment of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal cancer.

  • Palliative Care

    A team of doctors, nurses and pharmacists who help manage symptoms such as pain, nausea or fatigue. They do not cure the disease but help a person be as comfortable as they can be and have the best possible quality of life. They help at any stage of cancer.

  • Pediatric - Hematology/Oncology

    Physicians who specialize in treating cancer in children.

  • Radiation Oncology

    Physicians who specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy, or radiation oncologists.

  • Radiology

    Physicians with special training in reading x-rays and other types of imaging to diagnose diseases.

  • Surgery

    General surgeons, including surgical oncologists.

  • Surgery - Oral and Maxillofacial

    Surgeons who specialize in surgery of the mouth and throat.

  • Thoracic Surgery

    Physicians who operate on organs in the chest such as the lungs, the sternum, the diaphragm, ribs and any other associated muscles.

  • Urology

    Physicians who specialize in the treatment of diseases and conditions of the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and bladder cancer.

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