What Is a Radiation Oncologist?
Radiation oncologists are doctors who have completed medical school as well as an internship in internal medicine or surgery. They head a team of radiation oncology professionals including medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and oncology nurses.
They use computers and sophisticated software to determine the best approach of delivering radiation therapies to treat cancer patients and those with benign disease. Sometimes their goal is to reduce the size of cancerous tumors or eradicate them altogether. Other times, radiation oncologists administer radiation as a palliative treatment to reduce pain and help to improve their patients’ quality of life.
Our team of radiation oncologists is part of a multi-disciplinary care team that includes medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists and interventional radiologists, surgical oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, palliative care, genetic experts, highly experienced nurse navigators and other specialists. This team approach to care ensures that our patients receive the benefit of the team’s collective experience, which leads to higher quality care.