Admissions Guide

We have created an Admissions Guide as a resource to help guide you and your family during your stay at Roswell Park.

Cancer patients have unique experiences, different from those of most other patients. You may have complicated homecare instructions or treatment regimens so we want to make sure you are fully prepared to care for yourself at home. More importantly, you should always know when and where to call if you have questions or need assistance.

We will be here at every step of your journey. When you have questions, please do not hesitate to talk to your healthcare team. Your family is also welcome to stay with you during your stay to offer you the comfort and support you may need. On behalf of all of us here, we would like to extend a warm welcome and best wishes to you and your family.

Who Will Care for Me During my Stay?

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. A multidisciplinary team approach to quality patient care is standard her at Roswell Park. Here are some of the people who will be working on your team:

Physicians (MDs)

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

  • Medical Oncologist: If you will be treated with drug therapies, a medical oncologist will oversee your care, and direct the other medical professionals on your hospital health care team. This oncologist, 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.
  • 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 who have completed medical school, received their MD certification, and are now training in a specialty area. (A first-year resident is called an intern.)

Nurses

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

  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs): NPs are advanced practice nurses who hold an RN degree and a graduate degree in a nursing specialty. are prepared through graduate education and clinical training. They are licensed to write prescriptions in New York State within their specialty. Many of our NPs hold National Board Certification in a specialty such as Adult Health (ANP) or Family Health (FNP) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) plan and provide direct care to patients. They are licensed by NY State.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide direct care to patients under the supervision of RNs.

Physician Assistants

(PAs) are mid-level practitioners who are able to practice medicine under the auspices of a licensed physician.

Pharmacists

(Pharm. D. and R.Ph.) are licensed by NY 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.

Therapists and Technicians

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