Inpatient Guide

Welcome to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This admissions guide from our Patient Education Department will help you and your family during your stay.

Each cancer patient’s experience is unique. We want you to know we will be with you at every step of your journey. This guide addresses concerns you might have. Please talk to your healthcare team if you have other questions.

Your Healthcare Team

Roswell Park staff are trained to offer you specialized care and treatment for your specific type of cancer. We take a multidisciplinary team approach to provide you the highest quality patient care. Here are the people on your healthcare team:

Physicians (MDs)

Physicians who may participate in your care include:

  • Medical Oncologist: These doctors are the attending physicians for patients who will be treated with drug therapies, overseeing their care and directing your healthcare team. They will discuss your treatment plan with you and answer your questions.
  • Surgical Oncologist: These doctors are the attending physicians for patients scheduled for surgery, overseeing your care and directing your healthcare team. They will discuss your treatment plan with you and answer your questions.
  • Hospitalist: These hospital-based general physicians assist your attending physician with your care. 
  • Fellows: These licensed physicians have completed residencies in a medical specialty and are now performing advanced training in a subspecialty.
  • Residents: These physicians have completed medical school, received their MD certifications, and are training in a specialty area; first-year residents are called interns.

Nurses

Our nurses are the heart of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Among the nurses who will assist you are:

  • Nurse practitioners (NPs): These are advanced practice nurses who hold RN degrees and graduate degrees in nursing specialties. They are licensed to write prescriptions within their specialty in New York State. Many of our NPs hold national board certification in specialties such as adult health (ANP) or family health (FNP) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • Registered nurses (RNs) are licensed by New York State to plan and provide direct care to patients.
  • Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide direct care to patients under RNs’ supervision.

Learn more about nursing at Roswell Park

Physician Assistants (PA)

Physician assistants are mid-level practitioners who practice medicine under the auspices of a licensed physician.

Pharmacists (PharmD and RPh)

Pharmacists are licensed by New York State to prepare and dispense prescription medications. Experts on the composition, actions, interactions and side effects of drugs, they can answer any questions about your medications.

Therapists

Therapists play an important role in your care. Therapists who may treat you during your stay and after your discharge include physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech pathologists and respiratory therapists (RTs).