If you need chemotherapy, a team of highly trained medical professionals will work together to give you the best possible care. Your team may include the following people:
Medical oncologist. This is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer with medication. Your oncologist works with other team members to develop your treatment plan. He or she is also in charge of your chemotherapy treatments.
Oncology nurse. An oncology nurse cares for patients with cancer, including giving chemotherapy. He or she answers questions and helps support you and your family. Your nurse also helps keep track of your health during treatment. This can include managing any side effects.
Other health care professionals. Other team members include pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and dentists. Learn more about the oncology team.
Meeting with your oncologist. Before you start chemotherapy, you will meet with your medical oncologist. Your doctor will review your medical records and do a physical examination. You will also have tests to help plan treatment. Your exact treatment depends on:
The type, size, and location of the cancer
Your general health
Other factors that are different for each person
Giving permission for chemotherapy. Your doctor will talk with you about the risks and benefits of chemotherapy. If you choose to have it, your team will ask you to sign an informed consent form. Signing means:
You give written permission for treatment.
Your team gave you information on your treatment options.
You choose to have chemotherapy.
You understand treatment is not guaranteed to give the intended results.