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
  • 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.

  • Dermatology

    Physicians who specialize in skin diseases, including skin cancer.

  • Gynecologic Oncology

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

  • Neurology or Neurosurgery

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

  • Pathology

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

  • Pediatric - Hematology/Oncology

    Physicians who specialize in treating cancer in children.

  • Surgery

    General surgeons, including surgical oncologists.

  • Surgery - Oral and Maxillofacial

    Surgeons who specialize in surgery of the mouth and throat.

  • 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.

  • 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.

If you're looking for expert help for a health concern, look to Sentara for assistance. At Sentara, you'll find doctors who have advanced training and extensive experience in every healthcare discipline.

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