Admissions Guide

During Your Stay

While you are staying at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, our full range of health professionals will be at your disposal, providing you with various kinds of care. Some of these individuals will be visiting you regularly; others will assist you at your request. All are ready to help you or answer any questions.

Medical Care

Since your first visit to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, you’ve been receiving care from staff that are trained to offer the specialized care and treatment associated with specific types of cancer. Cancer is a complex group of diseases that requires the expertise of many specialists to treat. At Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a multidisciplinary team approach to quality patient care is standard. Here are some of the people who will be working on your “team”:


Some of the physicians who may participate in your care include:

  • Surgical Oncologist: If you are scheduled for surgery, a surgical oncologist will perform your surgery, oversee your care, and direct the other medical professionals on your hospital health care team. Your surgeon, who is also called your Attending Physician during your hospital stay, will track your progress and be available to discuss your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.
  • Hospitalist: A hospital-based general physician who will assist your physician with your care while you are in the hospital.
  • Fellows: Licensed physicians who have completed their residency in a medical specialty and are now taking additional advanced training in a subspecialty.
  • Residents: Physicians have completed medical school, received their MD certification, and are now training in a specialty area. A first-year resident is called an Intern.


Our nurses are the heart of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Among the nurses who will be assisting in your care are:

  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs), assigned to your doctor, NPs hold an RN degree and a graduate degree in a nursing specialty. They are licensed to write prescriptions in New York State within their specialty.
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) plan and provide direct care to patients.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide direct care to patients under the supervision of RNs.

Physician Assistants

A Physician Assistant is a mid-level practitioner who is able to practice medicine under the auspices of a licensed physician.

Rehabilitation and Respiratory Therapists

Rehabilitation and respiratory therapy may play an important role in your care. Therapy can begin during your hospital stay and continue after your discharge. The therapists who will treat you may include:

  • Physical therapists (PTs), who help patients restore the use of arms and legs, relieve pain, and improve the function of muscles, heart and lungs.
  • Occupational therapists (OTs) focus on helping patients maintain or regain independence in daily life. They provide training to improve muscle strength, manual dexterity, and coordination.
  • Speech pathologists assist patients who may require speech or hearing therapy after having head or neck surgery.
  • Respiratory therapists (RTs) evaluate a patient’s cardiopulmonary systems and provide respiratory therapy treatment as needed.


R.Ph.s and Pharm.D.s are licensed by the state to prepare and dispense prescription medications. They are highly educated on the composition, action, interactions and side effects of drugs and are the best resource for any questions you may have about your medications.