From the moment you enter into treatment, you’ll be seen by a variety of cancer care specialists. Here is a list of your health-care team members and what they do:
· Makes the initial assessment, provides referrals and co-ordinates your care.
Breast cancer surgeon
· Does a clinical breast examination.
· Performs biopsies, lumpectomy or mastectomy, and lymph node removal.
· May offer breast reconstruction after surgery.
· Examines the fluid, cells or tissue from biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies and lymph node removal for the presence of cancer cells. Her findings will help determine the type of tumour present.
· Supervises and performs the chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
· A medical doctor specializing in the use of radiation to treat tumours.
· Attends and assists you during surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
· Provides follow-up care for wound and skin treatment.
Oncology social worker
· Provides counselling to you and your family concerning your emotions about the disease and treatments. She also gives guidance about non-medical needs such as family finances.
Chaplains, clergy, pastoral care workers
· Support you and your family and offer spiritual guidance according to your beliefs.
· Offers specialized exercises to aid in your recovery and improve your strength.
· Specialists who help you learn to cope with the emotional, physical and lifestyle changes you are facing, as well as with medical treatments that can be painful and traumatic.