Radiation Oncologist (MD) is a physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer patients using radiation therapy. Radiation oncologists work closely with other physicians such as surgeons and medical oncologists as part of a multi-disciplinary cancer team. They have comprehensive knowledge in the delivery of radiation, the benefits and the effects.
Physician Assistant (PA) is a healthcare professional licensed to practice medicine with supervision of a licensed physician. A physician assistant provides a broad range of health care services that are traditionally performed by a physician. Physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illness, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care and write prescriptions. They are graduates from accredited PA programs and maintain state licensure.
Medical Physicists assure the safe and effective delivery of radiation to achieve a therapeutic result as prescribed in patient care. They are responsible for equipment and source quality assurance as well as radiation safety to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. They also oversee dose verification of the design and optimization of treatment plans. Medical Physicists have achieved post-graduate degrees in the application of physics to medicine and are certified through the American Board of Radiology.
Medical Dosimetrists are members of the radiation oncology team who have knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist.
Radiation Oncology Nurses are specially trained nurses that work closely with Radiation Oncologists. They are integrally involved in performing patient assessments and teaching patients and families about the treatment. Nurses also provide the best advice and emotional support needed to the patient and family members. All our nurses are licensed by the Nursing Association Board and majority are Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN).
Radiation Therapists set up and deliver your daily radiation prescription. They are graduates of certified programs of radiation therapy technology and are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Radiation therapists assist with the initial planning and perform simulation and treatment functions under the direction of the radiation oncologist.