Your Health Care Team

Your Health Care Team

A team of health care professionals and support staff tends to every aspect of your care.

The radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. He or she has advanced training and is certified in Radiation Oncology by the American Board of Radiology. With responsibility for your overall care, he or she will develop your treatment plan, prescribe the exact amount of radiation you will receive, and meet with you regularly to evaluate your progress and answer questions.

The radiation oncology nurse also specializes in oncology and will help coordinate your care with the physicians and other staff. He or she is available to help with your day-to-day concerns, help you manage side effects, and can refer you to other health care professionals as needed.

The radiation physicist is certified by the American Board of Radiology and/or the American Board of Medical Physicists and works with your doctor to plan your treatment to ensure safe, accurate radiation delivery.

The dosimetrist is certified by the Medical Dosimetrists Certification Board. They collaborate with the radiation oncologist in formulating your treatment plan and assist in ensuring that the prescribed plan is carried out.

The radiation therapists are trained in radiation therapy and certified by the American Registry of Radiological Therapy (ARRT). Under the direction of the radiation oncologist, they will administer your daily prescribed dose of radiation, assist with your simulation, and help arrange your treatment schedule.

When you arrive for your appointment, please check in with the receptionist. Other administrative personnel and nurses may help with other appointments as needed.

If called for, the registered dietitian will help you plan a well-balanced diet to help maintain your weight and to provide adequate nutrition necessary for tissue recovery.

Members of our Social Services Department are available to provide you or your family with counseling and support. Support groups are available.

Our radiation oncology team works closely with your other physicians and health care providers to coordinate your care and make your treatment with us as comfortable as possible.

Good Samaritan Hospital conducts weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards or meetings. Patient cases needing more complex treatment planning are presented at these meetings and professionals from the different oncology specialties express their opinions regarding the best treatment regimen. This assists us in providing the highest quality care.

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