Our highly-trained and compassionate team is committed to helping you on your road to recovery. A lot of great minds are working on your treatment. Our multidisciplinary specialists have years of experience at treating prostate cancer, and will create an individualized plan that is right for you. They are dedicated to patient-centered cancer care, providing you with a seamless continuum of services. Their knowledge and support will also empower you to become an active and informed participant in your care.
Throughout your treatment, you will interact and receive treatment from the following types of specialists:
A urologist is the physician who makes your prostate cancer diagnosis. Your urologist will manage your care, supported by a team of mutidisciplinary specialists with years of experience and knowledge. He or she is your primary specialist for your ongoing care and will thoroughly explain and discuss your diagnosis and treatment options, provide recommendations, and stay in touch with you throughout your treatment. Your urologist is also involved in certain aspects of other forms of therapy including radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, treatment of advanced disease, clinical trials and active surveillence. Your urologist may perform a digital rectal exam, PSA testing, and biopsy in order to diagnose prostate cancer. All urologists are surgeons as well, and many perform prostate cancer surgery (prostatectomy). Meet the urologists of Chesapeake Urology Associates.
A radiation oncologist is a highly trained physician specializing in the treatment of cancer using various types of radiation therapy. Our radiation oncologists work at The Prostate Center, our state-of-the-art radiation therapy facility dedicated to the treatment of prostate cancer. If radiation therapy is chosen, it will be guided by the radiation oncologist and supported by your urologist. Learn more about our radiation oncologists.
A medical oncologist is a physician who specializes in overseeing your cancer treatment. This physician prescribes and supervises chemotherapy treatment, including recommending and helping to arrange participation in any clinical trials for which a patient may be eligible. Occasionally, prostate cancer patients require chemotherapy in addition to radiation therapy. In this case, the medical oncologist and the radiation oncologist will work together to customize a plan of care. A medical oncologist is typically only involved for management of advanced prostate cancer.
Primary Care Physician (PCP)
This is your personal physician-either an internist or family medicine physician-who treats common illnesses and oversees your general care. Your PCP is considered part of your treatment team. Chesapeake Urology's physicians and nurse navigator will collaborate with and keep your primary care doctor updated on an ongoing basis.
Also called an oncology navigator, the patient navigator is a nurse practitioner or a registered nurse who specializes in guiding newly diagnosed cancer patients and their caregivers through the cancer journey from diagnosis through survivorship. The navigator is an expert in understanding the details of cancer treatment and will support, inform, guide, and answer questions for you through all stages of treatment and beyond. As advocates for patients and their families during prostate cancer treatment, they enhance the quality of care you receive.
The navigator will contact you following your cancer diagnosis and will stay in touch with you. Our navigators are available in person, by phone, through e-mail, and through Skype. Learn more about our patient navigators and their role in your care.
The foundation for the most accurate and appropriate treatment of prostate cancer is the quality of the prostate biopsy. This is the gold standard upon which treatment is based. Chesapeake Urology's uropathology lab ensures the highest quality of diagnosis with a fellowship-trained urologic pathologist-one of only a few in the Baltimore area.
Reading a prostate biopsy is a precise science. Our uropathologist is trained not only to identify cancer in a tiny focus under the microscope, but to differentiate benign conditions that mimic cancer. The result is that our patients have the peace of mind of knowing that they have received the most precise urologic diagnosis available. Meet our uropathologist.