Radiation oncologists are physicians with expertise and clinical training to prescribe and deliver radiation therapy. In addition to medical school, they receive an addition al five years of residency training in radiation oncology. They oversee all aspects of your radiation treatments. Your doctor will determine whether radiation will benefit you. They then work with other members of the radiation therapy team to develop a personalized treatment plan. They then ensure that radiation treatments are delivered safely.
Radiation therapists delivery your daily radiation treatments. They receive 2- to 4-year education program following high school or college.
Radiation oncology nurses work with your physician and radiation therapists to provide care during and after your radiation treatments. They provide patient education to explain in detail potential side effects you may experience and how to prevent and treat them.
Medical physicists work with your radiation oncologists to create customized radiation treatment plans and ensure safe delivery of radiation. They ensure that the complex machinery are operational to high quality standards by running daily, monthly, and annual tests.
Dosimetrists use advance software to create radiation plans prescribed by your radiation oncologist. Radiation treatment plans are often complicated since they must maximize radiation delivery to prescribed targets in your body while reducing radiation dose to surrounding normal organs.
Social workers provide variety of supportive services to you and your family. They can provide counseling, arrange for home health care, transportation, and other services.
Nutritionists work with you to maintain a healthy diet. Certain treatments can cause diarrhea and weight loss. They will help you create a nutrition plan to help you.