Your oncology team will include several people in addition to your medical oncologist and nursing staff. Other providers on your team may include physician assistants. A physician assistant is a healthcare professional who has advanced training and is qualified to provide a range of services under the supervision of a physician.
Both physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) can provide many services such as conducting physical examinations, developing or coordinating your treatment plans, or prescribing some medications. Both PAs and NPs are sometimes referred to as “mid-level providers” or “advanced practice providers.”
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