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 urologic conditions, but at Roswell Park, our urologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer. The urologist performs your kidney 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 targeted therapy 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 radiation oncologist is a physician who specializes in radiotherapy approaches to fight cancer. Radiation therapy is used less commonly for kidney cancer, however, Roswell Park is pioneering new ways to use radiotherapy, to enhance the effects of immunotherapies.
A pathologist is the physician who analyzes your tissue samples from tumors, lymph nodes and other areas and performs laboratory tests to detect whether cancer cells are present, and if so, the type kidney 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.
An interventional radiologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating disease using medical imaging technology and minimally invasive image-guided approaches. An interventional radiologist performs ablation therapies which destroy kidney cancer cells by delivering extreme heat or cold directly to the tumor.
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.