Our care team includes oncologists, physicians and residents.
Physicians, who have specialized education and experience in cancer surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy/immunotherapy, provide cancer treatment.
At the SRCC at Southlake, these physicians, known as oncologists, work with our patients to determine the best treatment plan for them and oversee their care. If you’re a patient, your care team may include the following oncologists:
- Radiation oncologist or a radiation physician, who leads radiation treatments
- Medical oncologist, who has expert knowledge of cancer drugs, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy drugs. This oncologist develops care plans and monitors these cancer drug treatments.
- Surgeon or Surgical oncologist, who performs surgery, if needed
- Hematologist oncologist, who specializes in blood-related cancers, such as leukemia.
An oncologist or cancer care physician will review each patient’s treatment options, risks and benefits carefully with them. These discussions are important, as our patients play a key role in their own treatment plan.
Other Specialized Physicians
We also have physicians who have specialized in various aspects of cancer treatment and care. They include:
- Medical psychotherapists who are family physicians with expertise in counselling. They help our patients with any emotional concerns they may have.
- Palliative Care Physicians who provide support to help our patients manage physical concerns, such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, constipation and fatigue, as well as emotional concerns.
- Psychiatrists who have specialized training in diagnosis and treatment (psychotherapy and medication treatment) of mental health conditions. They help to assess and treat our patients’ serious emotional concerns, such as depression and anxiety.
Many of these physicians work within our Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care team to support patients through various programs and services, such as: pain and symptom management clinic, psychosocial oncology clinic, support groups and palliative care.
These physicians are in training to be specialists and work with your care team.