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Chemotherapy: FOLFOX

Your Health Care Team

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The medical team that you are likely to meet  when undergoing FOLFOX treatment generally includes the following people::

Medical Oncologist –  A medical doctor who diagnoses and treats cancer with chemotherapy, hormones, biologicals or immunologic agents. A medical oncologist generally coordinates treatment provided by other medical specialists.  

Nurse A person who is educated and trained to care for people who are sick or disabled. Nurses can be a valuable source of practical information. Nurses are generally the people who will ask patients for information about what happened since the last infusion, who will take the necessary blood tests, and connect, supervise and disconnect the infusion.

Nurse Practitioner A nurse who has received special training who can perform many tasks customarily performed by a doctor. For example, a Nurse Practitioner can treat certain routine or minor ailments without the direct supervision of doctor.

Patient NavigatorThere is no standard definition of Patient Navigator. As a general matter, a Patient Navigator is a person who helps overcome barriers to medical care by anticipating and resolving a patient’s problems.  For current purposes, a Patient Navigator assists patients through the course of treatment. For instance, by scheduling appointments, providing information, support and encouragement

Social worker - A Social Worker has an education and experience in providing social services. As a general matter, a Social Worker can answer questions about programs which are available to pay for treatment and can help answer the practical questions you may have outside the medical arena. A social worker can also provide assistance with emotions and feelings.

Family and friendsare people who should also be considered part of your health care team. For more information about the concept of a team, and how to be the captain of the team, click here 

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