Pursuing better, longer and richer lives for our patients is at the heart of our mission at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we believe our team approach is key to providing the best possible care for you.
Get to know the type of team members who may help with your care.
These health care professionals work closely with your hematologist-oncologist or medical oncologist in the clinic. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and can see you independently from your physician. They also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.
This physician manages your medicine-based treatments if you have a blood- or lymph-based disease, like leukemia or lymphoma.
You receive any infusions in a dedicated area of the clinic. Cancer nurses who specialize in infusions give these treatments. They also check you during each infusion. They respond to any medical issues that come up and help keep you comfortable.
This physician oversees your medicine-based treatments (unless your cancer blood- or lymph-based, in which case you will have a hematologist-oncologist instead).
Your medical oncologist:
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician. They serve as your scheduler.
This physician treats cancer with radiation. They prescribe and oversee this part of your care. Working with a radiation oncology team, they plan and deliver your treatments.
Your radiation oncologist:
This person sees you when you come in for radiation treatment. They explain your treatment, check your health, answer your questions and help you with side effects.
This person positions you each time you come in for radiation treatment. This ensures your treatment is precise. They also operate the machines that deliver the radiation.
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician. They also assist with procedures and treatments. Nurses are resources for you and your caregiver. They answer questions and help with a wide range of topics, like how to cope with side effects or get other services you need at Fred Hutch.
Many types of supportive care team members are here to help you and your family. They include registered dietitians, physical therapists, pain medicine specialists, psychologists, social workers, spiritual health staff, palliative care specialists, a naturopath and an acupuncturist.
Learn more about our Supportive Care Services
For some types of cancer, like head and neck cancer or breast cancer, you may want or need reconstructive surgery. A specially trained surgeon, with expertise in your specific type of reconstruction, will talk with you about your options and provide your care.
If you need a blood or marrow transplant, you will have a specialized team from the Fred Hutch Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Your team includes a transplant oncologist, advanced practice provider, transplant nurse, pharmacist, registered dietitian, team coordinator and social worker. This team will:
Learn more about Blood and Marrow Transplant Team