Your urologist is a surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the urinary tract. A typical urologist sees patients with a broad range of conditions, but at Roswell Park, our urologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer. The urologist performs your bladder cancer surgery and works closely with the medical and radiation oncologists and other team members to coordinate and optimize your treatment.
The medical oncologist is the physician who specializes in medical treatment approaches for cancer, such as chemotherapy or immunotherapy. This physician evaluates which drugs or combination of drugs are best for you, determines how to deliver them safely and manages any side effects.
A pathologist is the physician who analyzes your tissue samples from tumors, lymph nodes and other areas and performs laboratory tests to diagnose and determine the type of your bladder cancer. The pathologist provides essential information your care team needs to determine the very best treatment options for you. At Roswell Park, your samples are analyzed by pathologists who focus specifically on the diagnosis of cancers in the urinary tract.
Advanced Practice Providers
An advanced practice provider (APP) is a medical professional such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. APPs work in all areas of the hospital and play an important role in the development and implementation of your treatment plan. They perform examinations, order tests, interpret data and prescribe medication.