At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, we surround you with experts who focus completely on cancer care. A handful of people make up the core of your care team. You will have a medical oncologist and a registered nurse who are experienced in caring for people with liver cancer. At some visits, you might see an advanced practice provider. A patient care coordinator schedules your visits.
If you need surgery or a liver transplant, we have experts in these treatments, like hepatobiliary surgeons and transplant surgeons.
Others join your team based on your personal needs. If you get a new health issue that might change your cancer treatment, we will call in the right experts. For example, if you have skin, heart or digestive concerns, we might call in a dermatologist, cardiologist or gastroenterologist. We have specialists based at Fred Hutch who know how to handle the issues that matter for people with cancer.
Supportive care providers are also here to help. You may see Fred Hutch registered dietitians, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers and others. All of us specialize in caring for people during and after cancer.
These health care professionals work closely with your physician 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 without your physician. They also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.
Infusions happen in a special area of the clinic. Cancer nurses who are experts in infusions give these treatments. They will 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. Most people with a cancer diagnosis get chemotherapy. Some people get targeted therapy or immunotherapy. If watchful waiting is right for you, you will see this physician on a regular schedule to check your health and, if needed, start treatment.
Your medical oncologist will:
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician. They will schedule your appointments.
This physician treats cancer with radiation. They prescribe and manage this part of your care. Working with a radiation oncology team, they plan and deliver your treatments.
Your radiation oncologist will:
This specialist 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 specialist positions you each time you come in for radiation treatment. This makes sure that your treatment goes to the right places on your body. They also operate the machines that deliver the radiation.
Your nurse manages your care with your physician. They also help with procedures and treatments. Nurses are resources for you and your caregiver. They can answer questions on a wide range of topics, like how to cope with side effects or get other services you need at Fred Hutch.
A surgical oncologist is a physician who has specialized training in doing biopsies and other surgical procedures in cancer patients.