Dr. Song recalls who a woman will interact with while she undergoes radiation therapy.
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Patient Staff Interaction During Radiation Therapy When you come to our center what you will notice is there’s a big staff, a group of people here that work together as a team. And what I thought I would do is kind of explain the various people that you may see either walking around or run into. Certainly it starts with the physicians. We have a great team here, all board-certified, very well trained and we all are very close friends and colleagues. We do have physicists that actually take a lot of the planning that we have done and do the calculations and do the quality checks and really allow their knowledge of radiation therapy to dictate how the treatments are delivered. They work in conjunction with our dosimetrist who do also a lot of the calculations to custom plan the radiation beams so that we deliver the correct dose. Once the planning is done between the physician and dosimetrist and the physicists, then the actual treatments are delivered by the radiation therapist. The radiation therapists are licensed by the state of California. They are board-certified, as well, and specifically are the ones that use their expertise to deliver the radiation on a daily basis on the machines. While I consider myself to be very mechanically inclined, I am not licensed by the state to operate the machines, to treat the patients on a day-to-day basis. We have a team of great nurses who are clinical oncology specialists. So not only are they well versed in radiation but in cancer and all aspects of just acute problems that may arise during the course of treatment, not that we anticipate much but that’s something that they are able to do. We have a tremendous front desk, front office -- caring individuals who will greet the patients on a day-to-day basis to make sure that they are logged in correctly each day when they come in, handle any issues with regard to medical records and billing and making appointments and things of that nature. And then the final part is that we do have a dietitian and social worker that works throughout the hospital but will meet with patients on an individual basis as requested by the patients.