About Our Team
When you receive a cancer diagnosis, your whole world changes.
It’s the start of an emotional, medical journey that can be tough, confusing and often frightening. No one has to face it alone. From diagnosis through survivorship, our Cancer Care Coordination Team is there for patients, their families and caregivers. We often provide same-day or next-day appointments and we are here to ensure that you receive the very best care without having to travel or wait for appointments.
At the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center, we take a multidisciplinary approach to ensure our patients receive the most effective care possible. This means you will be accompanied on your journey by a vast number of highly-skilled healthcare professionals with different backgrounds and areas of expertise.
Primary Care Physician/General Practitioner
A primary care physician, also known as a general practitioner, is a doctor who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis. A primary care physician is usually the first medical practitioner contacted by a patient, due to factors such as ease of communication, accessible location, and familiarity.
Internal Medicine Doctor
Physicians who specialize in internal medicine are referred to as internists. They are personal physicians who provide long-term, comprehensive care, often helping to manage chronic conditions. They are trained in the essentials of primary care medicine.
Physicians trained in internal medicine that provide care for patients while in the hospital are called Hospitalists. They manage both common and complex illnesses.
A medical oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer patients with chemotherapy, biologic therapies, or other cancer-fighting drugs. The medical oncologist often coordinates the activities of a patient’s treatment team.
A hematologist is a doctor who specializes in treating blood disorders. Hematologic oncologists focus on treating cancers that arise in blood cells, such as leukemia.
This doctor specializes in giving radiation therapy to treat cancer. They can specifically treat a tumor and spare surrounding tissues.
A pathologist identifies and classifies different types of cancer by studying the appearance of cells and tissue. Many types of cancer can be identified by the appearance of their cells under a microscope. Pathology results are critical in determining the precise stage (extent) of disease or cancer.
A surgeon is a specialized physician trained in surgically removing or reducing cancerous tissue and reconstructing the area after previous surgeries.
A radiologist, also known as a diagnostic radiologist, is a doctor who uses medical imaging technology, such as X-rays, CT, MRI, or ultrasound, to examine internal organs and other structures. Radiologists interpret information from imaging tests to help make an accurate diagnosis for many types of cancer.
Physician Assistant (PA)
A PA is a licensed health professional who practices medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs support your physicians, providing follow-up care, chemotherapy treatment, bone marrow biopsies, and assistance in managing issues arising from treatment.
Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses (RNs) that have completed advanced education in nursing. They work with physicians and other members of the patient care team to develop and implement a treatment plan that meets the needs of individual patients and their families. They order medications, treatments, and diagnostic tests, and may perform some procedures. Nurse practitioners also provide long-term follow-up care for cancer survivors.
Registered Nurse (RN)
RNs have associate or bachelor degrees and are licensed by their states to practice nursing. They give medicines, start and monitor IV medicines, take vital signs, and provide other hospital and clinical care. They also provide patient and family education. RNs will assist you when going for surgery, chemotherapy infusion, or radiation treatment, and in other procedural and diagnostic areas. At Scully-Welsh, all nurses are trained to Duke Health standards and certified through the Oncology Nursing Society in areas of specialty that include Chemotherapy, Biotherapy, Breast Care and Radiation Oncology, providing the highest level of specialized care.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
CNAs provide basic patient care and support under the direction and supervision of a registered professional nurse.
Patient Care Navigators
This is a patient support service provided by a patient care navigator who is trained to guide patients through the cancer care system. They can help you and your family to cope with the changes and stresses in your life that often occur with a diagnosis of cancer. Your patient care navigator can provide information about support groups, housing, transportation, financial issues and discharge planning.
A radiation therapist is a technician who works with your radiation oncologist to design and administer your radiation therapy. This therapist identifies the specific areas for treatment and operates the treatment machines.
Many patients find strength and comfort in the practice of their faith whether through prayer, meditation, religious counsel, worship or other rituals. The hospital chaplain is available to lend spiritual support, as well as help you and your family contact a local minister, rabbi, imam or other faith leader. The chaplain’s job is always to help patients and their loved ones negotiate their own path no matter where it leads.
Cancer patients often have special dietary needs because of the effects of their therapy. A dietitian can advise you on how to manage problems such as loss of appetite, changes in your sense of taste, nausea, vomiting or weight gain or loss.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
An occupational therapist can teach you how to perform skills and movements that are needed for daily living such as personal care, childcare or work duties. An OT can offer special training to use adapted aids or methods to safely and efficiently complete specific tasks.
Physical Therapist (PT)
Physical therapists help restore and improve your strength, flexibility and stamina. A PT can develop a treatment plan for your physical needs including exercise, massage, and heat and cold applications.
Oncology pharmacists are the medication experts. A pharmacist works together with your cancer care team to make sure your medications are safe and the best for you. Pharmacists can also help educate you on the purpose and side effects of your medications.