The radiation oncology team consists of a multidisciplinary group of professionals that work closely to prescribe, design and deliver care for you during your treatment course. The following are the members of our team:
The radiation oncologist is the physician who determines that radiation therapy is necessary for treatment. The Radiation Oncology program at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology. The physician determines the type of radiation, the area to be treated and the dose to be given. He monitors progress during treatment and adjusts treatment to make sure the patient receives quality care during treatment. The physician monitors that every treatment is accurately given and identifies and treats any side effects from the radiation therapy.
The medical physicist is certified by the American Board of Radiology and is responsible for commissioning and maintaining radiation-producing machines to assure radiation is delivered safely and accurately. The medical physicist leads the quality assurance and radiation protection program.
The certified medical dosimetrist designs the treatment plans that deliver a prescribed radiation dose in accordance with the radiation oncologist's prescription. The dosimetrist uses highly sophisticated computers to create the treatment plan that meets the physician’s prescribed dose to the tumor area but does not give a higher dose than necessary to healthy tissue.
Radiation therapists are trained in the delivery of radiation treatments, ensuring accuracy and safety at all times under the direction of the radiation oncologist. The therapists will see the patient every day and provide constant patient care and monitoring for side effects and problems.
Our oncology nurses see patients at least weekly to ensure patients are feeling well during treatment, to answer questions and to manage side effects. The nurses play a key role in educating the patient about treatments, side effects and resources available.