Frequently Asked Questions about Cancer
Who administers radiation treatments?
- Published: 27 June 2012
A doctor who has had special training in using radiation to treat disease, known as a Radiation Oncologist, will prescribe the type and amount of treatment that is required in your individual case.
Radiation Oncology, however, is a team approach and many professionals are involved in the planning and delivery of your treatment. Your radiation team includes:
A Medical Physicist, who makes sure that the equipment is working properly and that the right dose of radiation is delivered;
A Dosimetrist, who works closely with your Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist to develop your treatment plan;
A Radiation Oncology Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, who provides nursing care and helps you learn about treatment and how to manage side effects;
A Radiation Therapist, who sets you up every day on the treatment table and operates the radiation equipment under the supervision of your Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist.