is a medical specialty in which many highly trained specialists work together
to make sure you receive the best treatment and care. You may or
may not meet everyone involved in your treatment, some may be working
behind the scenes, but it’s helpful to understand the crucial
role that each team member plays in your therapy and the nature
of their skills and training.
Two radiation oncologists, Dr. James K. Gerstley and Dr. Margaret J. Torrey, lead and
supervise the Advanced ROS therapy team. Radiation oncologists are
physicians who have received extensive training in cancer medicine
and the safe use of radiation to treat disease. They make the decisions
about the most effective way to treat you with radiation, monitor
your progress and work closely with your other cancer doctors to
provide you with the best possible treatment for your unique situation.
A radiation oncologist has completed at least four
years of college, four years of medical school, one year of general
medical training, then four years of residency or specialty training
in radiation oncology. Advanced ROS radiation oncologists are board-certified
by the American Board of Radiology and combined have over 30 years
of radiation oncology experience.
Radiation Oncology Nurses
Radiation Oncology Nurses are licensed practical nurses
or licensed registered nurses who have special training in the needs
of cancer patients. From your initial consultation to your follow-up
visits, the nurses are always available to answer your questions,
help you manage symptoms and address any concerns you may have.
They are a good source of information and are in frequent communication
with the physician on your behalf.
Radiation therapists deliver your daily treatment
and makes sure that the radiation you receive is given exactly as
the doctor prescribed it. They also keep your daily records and
check the treatment machines to make sure they are working properly.
Your therapist will position you correctly, explain to you exactly
what is going to happen and then deliver your treatment. You will get to know your therapist well since
you will be seeing each other every day of your treatment. Radiation
therapists are specially trained in their field, licensed by the
New York State Department of Health and certified by the American
Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Dosimetrists have specialized knowledge and training
in the clinical characteristics of radiation treatment machines
and equipment. Working with the radiation oncologist and the medical
physicist, dosimetrists work out the specifics of how to deliver
the radiation dose prescribed by the radiation oncologist. They
analyze diagnostic imaging scans and perform the computations needed
to determine the best plan for each patient. Once a plan is approved,
the dosimetrist works with the radiation therapist to implement
the plan in preparation for your treatment. Dosimetrists are certified
by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.
Medical Radiation Physicists
While radiation has been used to treat disease for
more than 100 years, the sophistication and accuracy of today’s
technology greatly increases its effectiveness. Medical radiation
physicists are scientists who measure and determine the proper dosage
of radiation according to the doctor’s prescription. They
continually monitor the accuracy of the equipment to ensure that
the precise amount of radiation is being produced and delivered
to the target area. Our medical physicist manages the complex technical
planning of your treatment with the assistance of the dosimetrist.
He also oversees our radiation safety program, guaranteeing the
protection of patients, staff and the public. Qualified medical
physicists have a Doctorate or Masters degree, specialty postgraduate
training and are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology
or the American Board of Medical Physics.