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Radiation Therapy

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During your visits to our department, you will meet several members of the Radiation Oncology team.

Radiation Oncologist

Your radiation oncologist is a physician who is specially trained to use radiation for the treatment of disease. He or she will review your medical history and symptoms, perform a physical exam, and discuss treatment options with you. Your radiation oncologist will work closely with your medical oncologist, surgeon,and primary care doctor.

Oncology Nurse Practitioner

The oncology nurse practitioner is an advanced nurse who has specific training in the field of radiation oncology. The nurse works closely with the radiation oncologist. They see patients for initial consultations and will assess patients throughout their treatment course. They will review all findings with the radiation oncologist. The nurse is under the direct supervision of the physician.

Radiation Therapist

The radiation therapist is the professional you will see most often during the course of your treatment. The therapist has been specially trained to precisely position you for your treatments, deliver the required radiation doses accurately and recognize radiation side effects.

Radiation Oncology Nurse

The radiation Oncology nurse has been trained to provide nursing care for cancer patients receiving radiation therapy and to recognize and deal with any side effects of radiation treatments. The nurse assists the physician in your care, and is available at any time to answer your questions. Your radiation oncology nurse can also assist you if you need help arranging transportation for your treatments, information about support groups or nutritional consultations. Our nurses also have various educational videotapes, books and cassette tapes available for you to borrow.

Radiation Dosimetrist

The radiation dosimetrist has had special training in radiation treatment planning computers and in the ways radiation interacts with normal and diseased tissue. The dosimetrist works with the radiation oncologist to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient.

Radiation Physicist

The radiation physicist has an advanced degree in physics, and additional training in all the technical aspects of your treatment. He or she monitors the performance of the radiation therapy equipment and also oversees the work of the radiation dosimetrist.

 

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