Our Radiation Oncologists are leaders in their field. They have trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country and are noted experts in the treatment of prostate, lung, breast, brain, and other cancers. They oversee all radiation therapy treatments, and monitor every patient’s progress. They also work with the rest of the specialists in the Circle of Care, to develop and prescribe precise, personalized treatment plans to meet each patient’s individual needs.
Our Radiation Oncology Nurse is a licensed registered nurse who has special training in the needs of cancer patients. From your initial consultation to your follow-up visits our nurse helps patients navigate through the entire healing process by providing education regarding their treatments and possible side effects, as well as recommendations for auxiliary services in the community, such as nutrition counseling, social services, support groups, and home health options. Our Oncology Nurse is always available to answer your questions, help you manage symptoms, address any concerns you may have, is a good source of information and is always in contact with the physician on your behalf.
Our Medical Physics Department is made up of Medical Physicists and Medical Dosimetrists who are specially trained as members of the radiation oncology team and who have the knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment. The advancements in computer technology place this team in the forefront of many new processes. They work together with the Radiation Oncologists during the planning and delivery stages to ensure that treatments are properly tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Their goal is to deliver minimally invasive, yet highly effective cancer treatments. The Medical Dosimetrist will design a treatment plan by means of computer and/or manual computation to determine a treatment field technique that will deliver the prescribed radiation dose. The Medical Physicists will then validate the treatment plan. They also conduct quality tests on the treatment equipment to ensure it is operating safely, accurately, and consistently.
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 Medical Dosimetrist. Our Medical Physicist 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.
Medical 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, Medical 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. Following the planning process, the patient will have a simulation for localization to ensure reproducibility of treatment set up and plan delivery. A Medical Dosimetrist may supervise, perform, or assist in this process. The Medical Dosimetrist will then work with the Radiation Therapists in the implementation of the patient treatment plans including: the correct application of immobilization devices, beam modification devices, approved field arrangements, and other treatment variables. Medical Dosimetrists are certified by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.
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 explain the treatment procedure, position you correctly 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 NY State Department of Health and certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.