Video: Oncologists

In this week’s “What Does That Really Mean?”, Karen Selby R.N. and Patient Advocate, discusses the different oncologists you may come across during your mesothelioma cancer treatment.


“Hi. My name is Karen Selby, a Patient and Family Advocate here at The Mesothelioma Center. Welcome to this week’s “What does that really mean?” Today I’ll discuss the difference among the various physicians you may see when dealing with the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Specifically, I’ll talk about surgical oncologist and two types of medical oncologists.

A surgeon, or surgical oncologist, has had specialty training to be able to perform surgery, either to perform a biopsy for diagnosis or for tumor removal.

You may also see a surgeon if the medical oncologist finds it’s necessary to put a port in for chemotherapy. Unlike a surgeon, a medical oncologist doesn’t operate. They treat cancer differently. For example, the medical oncologist uses chemo therapy for treatment, where the medical radiation oncologist uses radiation therapy.

And it’s not uncommon to have to see all three of these types of specialists when dealing with a diagnosis of mesothelioma. It’s often confusing, and The Mesothelioma Center has a Doctor Match Program to help you get connected with the right physician in your area. So log on to to speak to one of our patient advocates so we can help you through the process.

Thank you for watching and see you next time.”

What terms would you like to see us discuss next week? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter. For more information from Karen or one of our Patient Advocates, call (855) 404-4592.

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