Your urologist is a surgeon who specializes in 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 prostate 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, immunotherapy or hormone therapy. 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 such as brachytherapy or external beam radiation therapy to fight cancer.
A pathologist is the physician who analyzes your tissue samples from tumors, lymph nodes and other areas and performs laboratory tests to diagnose your prostate cancer and provide information needed 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.
A diagnostic radiologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing disease using medical imaging technology, such as CT and MRI scans and nuclear medicine diagnostics such as PSMA-PET scans.
Oncology Nurse Coordinators
The oncology nurse coordinator works closely with all the providers involved in your care to plan and schedule all tests, procedures and appointments and prepare and guide you through every step.
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.