The Oncology Care Team

Oncology Physicians


There is not just one physician, there are many different types of physicians involved in cancer care ...there is a team of physicians within the oncology team - it can all be a bit confusing at first.



Some of the physicians involved in cancer care:

  • medical oncologist

  • radiation oncologist

  • psycho-oncologist

  • palliative care

  • pediatrician

  • gynecologist oncologist

  • urologist

  • gastroenterologist

  • endocrinologist

  • internist

  • family physician

  • radiologist

  • pathologist

  • surgical oncologist

  • surgeon

  • respirologist

All physicians come in contact with, and care for, people with cancer; some specialize or focus a portion of their practice on cancer care.  All physicians will care for people with cancer during their training/residency.






In this audio clip Dr. Anna Wilkinson talks about the role of GPOs in inpatient and outpatient care.


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1 minute, 23 seconds



Resident Physicians

Residents are involved in the care of people with cancer in hospital, in the clinic and in the community. Residents have completed medical school and are training as family physicians or in a specialty programme.  Some residents are training to become oncologists and may be doing advanced training or a fellowship.

Physicians and teamwork

In this short audio clip a physician talks about being a part of a team

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Physician resources

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

md lounge on cancer care

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP

Canadian Association of General Practitioners in Oncology (CAGPO)

Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (CAMO)

Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists (CARO)

Canadian Hematology Society (CHS)

Canadian Society for Surgical Oncology (CSSO)

Canadian Urologic Oncology Group

Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada