Actos Bladder Cancer Doctors
Are you an Actos user who has just been told you have bladder cancer? If so, you won't have to battle it alone. You'll have a team of bladder cancer specialists to guide you on you cancer journey.
Here's a list of the specialists you can expect to see during bladder cancer treatment. And don't forget about getting your free copy of 100 Questions & Answers About Bladder Cancer for more details!
A urologist is a surgeon who has completed five years of extra training after medical school to specialize in the surgical and non-surgical diagnosis and treatment of the urinary tract and reproductive systems in men and women. They diagnose and treat diseases from bladder infections to bladder cancer. (See Bladder cancer diagnosis.)
The pathologist is the doctor who studies your biopsy under a microscope to determine whether it contains cancer, and if so, whether the tumor's margins are large and cancer-free. The pathologist also determines the tumor size (see Bladder cancer stages) and identifies its cell type (See Bladder cancer types), origin and genetic tumor markers – all to individualize your treatment to your particular bladder cancer. This specialty requires three to four additional years of training beyond medical school.
These physicians study an additional six years after medical school so they can diagnose and evaluate your bladder cancer by interpreting images taken of the inside of your body using X-rays, sound waves, magnetic fields and nuclear substances. They use these images to detect cancer or its recurrence; to plan cancer treatment, and to evaluate whether your treatment is working.
These doctors treat cancer with radioactive substances or X-rays. They may use a machine to focus radiation through the body to a tumor inside, or insert radioactive seeds or liquids into the bladder and body cavities to target tumors directly. This specialty requires five extra years of training after medical school is completed.
Your medical oncologist is an internist who also specializes in cancer treatment. Using their expertise about how cancer behaves, they calculate your risk of recurrence and prescribe the medical treatments that best suit your cancer type. Throughout treatment, they will monitor your overall health, record your progress, coordinate with your other doctors and observe you for several years after treatment. Medical oncology requires physicians to acquire three years of extra training after medical school to become an internist and then three more years on cancer studies.