Choosing where and from whom you'll receive cancer care is one of the most important decisions you will make. You’ll want a specialist in your specific cancer, someone who is experienced with the latest diagnostic and treatment advances, and who has the resources to ensure you receive the very best cancer care available.
As a major cancer hospital, Duke offers all of these things through its teams of cancer doctors. Here are some of the many reasons to choose our cancer doctors and our cancer hospitals in Durham and Raleigh for your care.
A Team Approach
Many different cancer doctors and cancer-specific health professionals work together to coordinate your care. Studies show that receiving cancer treatment from multiple specialists results in better outcomes. Your team may include:
- Surgical Oncologists. Often your cancer care starts with a surgical procedure to remove cancer. Your cancer surgeon will evaluate the type and stage of your cancer and recommend the procedure that's right for you.
- Medical Oncologists. Oversee chemotherapy, immunotherapies, and targeted treatments when they are part of your cancer treatment plan.
- Radiation Oncologists. Targeted and shortened courses of radiation therapy may be used to shrink tumors before or after surgery. Duke radiation oncologists will also teach you techniques to minimize radiation exposure to your normal healthy tissues.
- Plastic Surgeons. When necessary, a plastic surgeon may help you understand your reconstruction options.
- You may also interact with counselors, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, and other cancer-specific caregivers who support you and your cancer treatment.