NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Navigating the treatment process
Who is on my treatment team?
will provide much of your
hands-on care, like giving chemotherapy,
managing your care, answering questions,
and helping you cope with side effects.
Oncology nurse practitioners
may also perform
health checks and physical exams. They
can also order and review tests, prescribe
medication, and order chemotherapy.
provide counseling and also
help with discharge planning and home care.
They can also find local resources that offer
A patient navigator
can help with arranging
financial support, transportation, and childcare
during treatment. They can also coordinate
care among several doctors.
A dietitian or nutritionist
can give nutritional
advice and help you plan menus to meet your
nutritional needs during cancer treatment.
Depending on your diagnosis your team may also
A surgical oncologist
who will perform any
who will give anesthesia
during surgery or procedures.
A radiation oncologist
who will prescribe
and plan radiation therapy.
who reviews laboratory tests
and evaluates cells, tissues, and organs
removed during a biopsy or surgery.
A diagnostic radiologist
who reviews the
results of x-rays and other imaging tests.
A psychiatrist or clinical psychologist
can help you cope with the psychological and
emotional effects of dealing with cancer.
Physical, occupational, speech, and
who can help you with
specific problems related to the cancer and
recovery from treatment side effects.
The final and most crucial member of the treatment
team is also the only one who will be there for every
part of the process—you. And you know your body
better than anyone. Help other team members
How you feel
What you need
What’s working and what is not
You should never wait to ask questions or seek other
opinions. Let your treatment team know when you’re
feeling overwhelmed or need to take a break.
Your team may get larger the further along you
are in treatment. To keep track of everyone, think
about putting together a list of names and contact
information for each member of your treatment team.
It will make it easier for you—and any loved ones
involved in your care—to know who to contact when
questions or problems come up.