Your Cancer Care Team
As a patient at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, you have a team of health providers ensuring you receive the most advanced and compassionate care available. Below are descriptions of some of your health care providers and the roles they play in your treatment.
Medical oncologists specialize in the treatment of solid tumors, usually with chemotherapy or by referral to a surgeon for removal of the tumor.
A hematology/oncology physician specializes in treating cancers and disorders of the blood, such as leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia, etc.
A radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancers with radiation therapy by using high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. UAMS patients who require radiation therapy are seen at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center.
A surgical oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in the surgical removal of cancerous tumors.
A gynecological oncologist specializes in diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer and others.
Oncology nurses are specially trained in the care and needs of cancer patients.
Clinical Oncology Social Worker:
Clinical oncology social workers have special training to serve the needs of cancer patients and their families. They help patients work through the medical system, provide resources for financial assistance and understand the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis.
An oncology dietitian can help you understand how the foods you eat can help ease or decrease symptoms related to cancer treatment. They can assist with issues such as trouble swallowing, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal bloating and other symptoms you may encounter.