Your care team includes your medical team surrounded by your support services team. These health care experts make sure you get the care you need. Who’s on your care team depends on your needs. A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. Suddenly, you need to understand a lot of new information and make timely and difficult decisions Cancer is a disease that affects people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. With a team of highly skilled clinicians from varied specialties, we help you find what gives you strength and hope.
Getting to Know Your Medical Team
In addition to you and your family and friends, your care team may include some of the medical professionals listed in the table below. These members of your medical team include 22 highly skilled clinicians from varied specialties. We understand that cancer affects your whole life. We work closely with other support services that are available at your cancer care center. Whenever you have questions, ask any member of your care team.
Advance Practice Clinician
Advance practice clinicians include nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). They have advanced education and expertise. They work with doctors to manage your care together.
Nurses, including our oncology-certified nurses and radiation nurses, provide education, assessment, treatment and support during your cancer survivor journey.
An oncologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in cancer treatment.
An outpatient pharmacist fills prescriptions and provides information about medicines. A specially trained pharmacist reviews and prepares chemotherapy.
Primary Care Clinician
A primary clinician is your main health care contact and manages your care over time. This clinician provides a wide range of care, including prevention and treatment and referrals to specialists.
Radiation Medical Physicist
A radiation medical physicist works with radiation oncologists to plan your treatment.
A radiation oncologist is a medical doctor who specializes in giving radiation treatment to people with cancer.
A radiation therapist gives radiation therapy under supervision of a radiation oncologist. They work together to identify the most safe and effective ways to treat cancer with radiation.
Getting to Know Your Support Services Team
In addition to receiving medical treatment for your cancer, getting the physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support you need is also important. Your cancer care center may offer some or all of the support resources in this section. Talk to your care team for specific information. Your support services team works closely with other teams and departments to offer you expert compassionate support and care. Whenever you have questions, please ask. We’re here to help promote health, wellness and healing as you and your circle of support— family, friends and loved ones—cope with the challenges of cancer.
Mental health professionals offer short-term cancer-focused counseling to help provide support, tools, and healthy ways of coping.
An oncology social worker is involved in evaluating your needs and helping you and your family cope effectively with a variety of life changes.
Classes and Support Groups
Classes and groups are essential support for those experiencing cancer. When you reach out to learn with others who share similar experiences, you have the opportunity to gain insight, courage, strength and resilience.
Genetic counselors can meet with you to discuss cancer in your personal or family history (or both) to learn about your cancer risks, screening, genetic testing and ways to reduce risk.
We offer different physical therapy options to support you during and after your treatment.
An occupational therapist provides comprehensive evaluation, education and direct treatment if you have impairments that affect your ability to perform activities of daily living.
A speech therapist helps people whose ability to eat has been impacted during cancer treatment and helps with communication if cancer or treatment has made talking difficult.
From initial diagnosis until a treatment plan is established, your nurse navigator will guide you through initial testing and appointments and beyond, answering questions and providing emotional support throughout your cancer journey.
Additional Support Services that may be available:
Other Rehabilitation Therapies
These services include physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as pulmonary rehabilitation.
A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is available to provide nutrition counseling on managing side effects and weight changes and navigating nutrition recommendations specific to your cancer diagnosis and medical history.
Advance Care Planning
An advance care planning social worker helps you with the process of coming to understand, discuss and plan for a time when you may not be able to make your own medical decisions.
Home care services–such as skilled nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and medical social services–may be available at home.
We provide medical and behavioral health services for a variety of sexual conditions in a confidential and caring environment.
Integrative therapies, such as massage and health touch, enhance or complement conventional cancer treatment.
Chaplains provide you and your family with spiritual, religious and emotional support.
Meet Your Team
Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin offers six convenient locations in the western Wisconsin area to ensure you receive the highest quality, comprehensive cancer care close to home.