In addition to our board-certified radiation oncologist, Dr. John Cabelka, our radiation therapists are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. We have a state-of-the-art linear accelerator (the machine that delivers radiation therapy) with on-board imaging and respiratory gating so our radiation oncologist can precisely target cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissues nearby, and accounting for the motion of the patient’s breathing. We offer brachytherapy (the implanting of tiny radioactive seeds) for some cancers, as well as stereotactic radiosurgery utilizing the linear accelerator, which allows physicians to treat very small lesions in the brain that are either too difficult for surgery or as an alternative method of treatment.
Oncology nurses – Oncology nurses are registered nurses who have received specialized training and/or certification in the management and treatment of people with cancer.
Radiation therapists – Radiation therapists are registered and certified x-ray technologists who have received advanced training in the safe and accurate delivery of radiation therapy.
Dosimetrists – Dosimetrists are radiation therapists who have received specialized training in treatment planning. The dosimetrist, using a special computer, plots the sites to be treated to assure optimal treatment results.
Medical physicists – Medical physicists are certified by the American Board of Radiology and help assure the safe and accurate delivery of radiation therapy by participating in treatment planning, reviewing all patient treatment plans and calibrating the radiation treatment equipment. The medical physicist oversees radiation safety and quality.
Registered dietitian - Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. The Cancer Center’s team includes a registered dietitian with special training in nutrition counseling for people undergoing cancer treatment.
Oncology social workers - Oncology social workers provide counseling, education, and information services, and referrals to community resources to people with cancer and their families and friends. In addition, oncology social workers help people navigate the health care system and find support to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.
Breast Health Navigator - The Breast Health Navigator is the one person patients can call about anything related to their breast cancer diagnosis and is a primary point of contact throughout their treatment. Navigators also may provide cancer information, connect the patient to cancer resources, and lend emotional support.