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Who's Who on Your Healthcare Team

A number of healthcare professionals are involved with your care. Your team may include:

  • Radiologists — doctors  trained to read imaging studies such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Radiology or lab technicians — healthcare professionals who withdraw blood or take images of your body
  • Pathologists — doctors who identify diseases by studying cells and tissues using microscopes
  • Hematopathologists — doctor-pathologists who are board-certified in both anatomical and clinical pathology and who examine your blood, bone marrow and tissue samples
  • Hematologist-oncologists — doctors specially trained to diagnose and treat patients with blood cancers
  • Nurse practitioners — nurses who have advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness
  • Oncologists — doctors who treat patients with cancer
  • Oncology nurses — nurses who specialize in treating people who have cancer
  • General surgeons — doctors who perform surgical procedures such as splenectomies, lymph node biopsies and other tissue biopsies
  • Gastroenterologists — doctors who specialize in digestive tract diseases
  • Nephrologists — doctors who specialize in treating patients with kidney diseases

Radiation oncologists, social workers, psychologists and nutritionists may also be part of your healthcare team.