What Kind of Doctor Do I Need?
Since doctors can specialize in a number of different areas, here is a quick list to help you navigate specialties when searching for doctors.
In addition to being board-certified, many of our doctors are sub-specialists. Sub-specialists have at least one year, and in some cases many years, of additional fellowship training to increase 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.
Physicians who specialize in skin diseases, including skin cancer.
Physicians who specialize in diseases of the thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, pineal and adrenal glands. They concentrate on any glands of the endocrine system.
Physicians who specialize in diseases of the digestive tract (gastrointestinal or GI system).
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.
Physicians who specialize in minimally invasive image-guided procedures.
Physicians who specialize in the diagnosis of disease, including cancer based on laboratory analysis of bodily fluids.
Neurology or Neurosurgery
Physicians who specialize in the treatment of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal cancer.
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.
Physicians who specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy.
Physicians with special training in reading x-rays and other types of imaging to diagnose diseases.
General surgeons, including surgical oncologists.
Surgery - Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgeons who specialize in surgery of the mouth and throat.
Physicians who operate on organs in the chest such as the lungs, the sternum, the diaphragm, ribs and any other associated muscles.
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.