Fighting cancer demands a comprehensive team approach. Our radiation oncology team includes radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, physicists, dosimetrists and oncology-certified nurses. Together, we develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique cancer or benign disease. We use the latest radiation therapy technologies and equipment to ensure the best patient experience.
Your radiation oncologist is your primary physician that is responsible for planning your care and supervising your treatment. You will meet with your radiation oncologist during your first visit, during the planning stages of your treatment, and weekly throughout the course of your treatments.
Working under the supervision of the radiation oncologists, resident physicians have completed four years of medical school and one year of internship. Your resident physician will meet you, along with your radiation oncologist, on your first visit and during your weekly management visits.
Once the radiation oncologist prescribes your daily treatment plan, the radiation therapist delivers your treatment on each of your visits. These health care professionals are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology and are trained in operating the linear accelerators that deliver radiation therapy.
You may not have direct contact with your medical physicist, however they play an integral role in your treatment by ensuring quality control for the measurement and delivery of radiation. They are responsible for the accuracy of the treatment machines and the treatment-planning computers.
Dosimetrists work with your radiation oncologist behind the scenes to help plan the best way to adequately treat the area of disease while minimizing impact on surrounding normal tissue. To do this, dosimetrists use computed tomography (CT) scans, special X-ray films, and measurements of your treatment area.
Nurses in the Department of Radiation Oncology provide your primary care to prepare you to meet the physician or receive treatment. These caring individuals record your vitals, update your charts and answer any questions you have as you undergo treatment. The nurses also schedule your appointments and provide instructions should you need to adjust a scheduled appointment.
The clinical trials coordinator works behind the scenes to ensure that you have access to the most current drugs, therapies and diagnostic tools through clinical trials. If you meet the criteria for a trial, you can decide if you would like to participate. By doing so, you have the potential to help yourself and others.
Radiation biologists analyze the interaction between radiation and body systems through conducting advanced research. Their goal is to better understand how to employ radiation to fight cancer and other benign diseases.
When you come to the Department of Radiation Oncology, you will be warmly greeted by a patient care representative. This person will check you in and make sure you are comfortable as you wait for your appointment. Should you have any initial questions or concerns, this person can assist you.
A financial counselor is available to help you understand the financial considerations of radiation treatment. To meet with the financial counselor, please ask when calling the facility in which you receive or would like to receive treatment. For a list of locations, please click here.
The Radiation Oncology dietician is available to meet with you to provide general nutrition counseling and suggestions for coping with side effects of cancer treatments. This individual specializes in nutritional therapy for patients diagnosed with cancer. To meet with the dietician, please ask when calling the facility in which you receive or would like to receive treatment. For a list of locations, please click here.
A social worker is available to you during your treatment to help you solve practical problems or find the resources you need. Examples of assistance the social worker can provide include: lodging, financial concerns, transportation, support groups, coping techniques and more. To meet with the social worker please contact the University of Kansas Medical Center facility. For contact information, please click here.
Out of public sight, administrators and support staff such as information technology specialists, administrative assistants, and medical records technicians, guarantee that all members of your team are able to provide you the utmost care.
At the Community Cancer Program facilities, schedulers manage the clinic calendars and will assist you in setting up your appointments. To contact a scheduler, please click here.