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Cancer care: Prostate cancer

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Your care team

Doctors

Your primary care provider guides your overall medical care. This is the first medical professional you should go to about any health concern.

Medical oncologists coordinate cancer care through the course of the disease. They also prescribe chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs, as well as pain medicine.

Urologists diagnose and treat problems with your body's urinary tract and reproductive system, which includes the prostate. To find prostate cancer, a urologist may do a rectal exam and order other medical tests.

Urologists also do surgery to treat prostate cancer. During a radical prostatectomy all or parts of the prostate are removed.

Pathologists work in the medical laboratory, where they examine cells, body fluids and tissue samples for cancer.

Diagnostic radiologists use CT scan, MRI or X-ray to see if prostate cancer has spread to any other part of the body.

Radiation oncologists stop the growth of cancer cells with radiation therapy.

Other prostate cancer care team members

Cancer care coordinators meet with patients and their families to provide support and help them navigate the medical system. The same cancer care coordinator can support a patient from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.

Genetic counselors address concerns about inheriting Prostate disease and cancer.

Healing coaches offer support, information and referrals for complementary therapies. While bridging the worlds of mainstream and alternative medicine, they can help address concerns and feelings raised by cancer.


Cancer care is much more than treating a disease.

This video covers care coordination, one of the essential components of cancer care at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

Read cancer care coordinator video transcript


Source: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program
Reviewed by: Lisa Hiedeman, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program; Heather Christie, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program
First Published: 03/01/2009
Last Reviewed: 03/01/2009