At the James Beck Cancer Center, a team of highly trained medical professionals are working together to make sure you receive the best, most comprehensive treatment possible. Our team of clinical oncologists combine training and experience of the highest caliber. Our nurses work with you and your doctors every step of the way, from consultation to follow-up care. Our entire staff is on hand to ensure that the very best support and attention are provided for you and your family. From diagnosis and treatment to education and counseling, this patient-focused approach is the foundation of our philosophy for high quality, compassionate care.
- A Medical Oncologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biological therapy. A medical oncologist often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.
- A Radiation Oncologist is a physician who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer. The Radiation Oncologist prescribes the treatment to a certain area and works with other members of the radiation oncology team to develop your treatment plan, tailored to what is best for you. Your radiation oncologist will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its target while minimizing side effects. Before, during and after your radiation therapy treatments, your radiation oncologist works closely with the physician who referred you as well as medical oncologist and surgeon.
- A Radiation Therapist uses advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated radiation therapy equipment. They work closely with the Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists and other members of the health care team to effectively plan, treat and manage the patient’s well-being during the course of radiation treatment.
- A Medical Dosimetrist carefully calculates the dose of radiation to make sure the tumor gets enough radiation. The medical dosimetrist maintains a delicate balance between delivering the prescription the physician has written while ensuring the patient will not lose important healthy organ function. Using computers, they develop a number of treatment plans that can best destroy the tumor while sparing the normal tissues. Since treatment plans are often very complex, dosimetrists work with the radiation oncologist and the medical physicist to choose the treatment plan that is right for you.
- A Medical Physicist works directly with the radiation oncologist during treatment planning and delivery. They oversee the work of the dosimetrist, and help ensure the complex treatments are properly tailored for each patient. Medical physicists are responsible for developing and directing quality control programs for equipment and procedures. Their responsibilities also include making sure all equipment works properly by taking precise measurements of the radiation beam and performing other safety tests on a regular basis.
- Oncology Nurses work collaboratively with your physician and other oncology health care providers to care for you and your family at the time of the consultation, while you are receiving your treatment and during your follow-up care. They will explain the possible side effects you may experience and will describe how you can manage them. They will assess how you are doing throughout treatment and will help you cope with the changes you may experience. They will also provide support and counseling to you and your family.
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* Bulleted content provided by The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the National Cancer Institute