DMC Cancer Care Team
We understand the different feelings cancer can cause, and we work hard to ensure your oncology visits are as comfortable and supportive an environment as possible.
A Professional and Caring Treatment Team
Our team of compassionate, knowledgeable professionals includes physicians, nurses, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and physicists.
- Radiation oncologists are doctors who have received specialized training in the treatment of cancer. They oversee the development of the patients radiation therapy treatment plan, monitor the patients progress and adjust treatment if necessary to make sure patients get quality care throughout their therapy.
- Medical radiation physicists work directly with the radiation oncologist and are responsible for taking precise measurements of radiation beams and other safety measurements.
Radiation therapists treat patients under the doctor's direction and maintain patient records.
- Dosimetrists determine radiation doses, making sure the tumor receives the proper amount of radiation. Dosimetrists work with the radiation oncologists to plan the patient’s optimum treatment.
- Radiation oncology nurses educate patients and families about cancer and radiation treatment. They also help manage patients' side effects that may arise during treatment.
Quality Assurance and Safety
A number of our faculty members are national and international leaders in the delivery of quality care for radiation therapy.
Caregivers are licensed and/or credentialed professionals in all areas of our program. We provide accredited training programs for residents, medical physics residents, and therapists. All members of your treatment team participate in continuing education within our department and nationally to ensure that we provide you with the best care.
To ensure quality treatments, we follow processes that include multiple review steps prior to and during delivery of your course of treatment. You are cared for by a team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dosimetrists, therapists, and physicists. After your CT simulation, a treatment plan is created following your physician’s requirements to provide you with the best care. After your physician has approved your treatment plan, a physicist reviews the plan prior to your first treatment. Patients receiving intensity modulated radiation therapy will have the plan reviewed and approved again before treatment can begin.
Prior to the delivery of each treatment, the therapists who care for you at the treatment center verify your physician’s prescription, the plan information, and then the delivery of that plan. The therapists also use the cameras and intercoms to monitor you during treatment. During the course of your treatment, your progress through treatment is reviewed by your caregivers.