Your Breast Center Health Care Team
There are many people who help care for you when you have a breast problem. Each member of your health
care team has a special role in your care. The focus of each member of your team is you. Like the picture
below, you are the center of attention. You may not see all of these team members during your time in the
Breast Center depending on your diagnosis and needs. Please read on for more information about your team
You, your family members and friends are very important members of your team. Supporting you and your
loved ones is the focus of each of your health care team members. When you think of ideas about how your
health care team members can help you or your loved ones, please share those ideas with a member of your
health care team. Each member of the team will help you make the best choices depending on your health,
lifestyle and personal preferences.
The Surgeon is the doctor who performs your breast and/or lymph node surgery. The surgeon will discuss all
your options for surgery.
The Medical Oncologist is the doctor who prescribes medicine, chemotherapy or biologic therapy to treat your
cancer. You may or may not need chemotherapy or biologic therapy depending on your diagnosis.
The Radiation Oncologist is the doctor who delivers radiation treatments to the area of your cancer. You may
or may not need radiation treatment depending on your diagnosis and type of surgery.
The Plastic Surgeon is a doctor who performs breast reconstruction or other plastic surgery if needed/desired.
The Radiologist is a doctor who interprets breast imaging exams. The radiologist also performs breast biopsies.
Nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) are members of the Breast Center team who help care
for you before, during and after your immediate breast cancer treatment. As you complete active treatment, you
may be asked to see an NP or PA more regularly with your doctor available as needed. Nurses are the members
of your health care team who give education and support and help to answer questions about your surgery or
treatment. Medical Assistants are members of the health care team who organize the clinic flow, escort you to
exam rooms, gather information, and take vital signs.
Breast Patient Navigators are nurses and social workers who give support, education and coordination of your
health care as you move between different clinics. The navigator is your go to person when you’re not sure
who to ask a question. They are always available to contact any time during or after treatment.
Genetic Counselors are members of the health care team who may meet with you to discuss family history.
They also help decide if you or your family members should have genetic testing.
Research Staff may tell you about clinical trials or research studies that are taking place nationally or at the
UW Carbone Cancer Center.
Breast Imaging Technologists specialize in mammography, ultrasound and MRI. They will help to make you
as comfortable as possible during your imaging exam and assist with any image guided procedures.
Radiation Therapists specialize in delivery of radiation therapy treatments. They will work with you to ensure
proper positioning during each radiation therapy visit.
Social Workers give counseling to assist with personal, financial, work and family concerns. Chaplains have
services for any faith to help with spiritual and emotional well-being.
Health Psychologists give care to promote patient coping and adjustment to a cancer diagnosis.
CareWear is a specialty store with trained staff that fits post-surgical and compression garments, bras and
breast prosthetics. CareWear also has personal products to help you feel your best throughout the stages of
Nutritionists are registered dieticians who provide nutrition assessment, advice and resources.
Support staff includes schedulers, file room assistants and breast imaging assistants. They help you schedule
appointments and make sure you have materials needed for your appointments.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any questions. If
this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be
used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your
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