As a patient, you will meet with personal care team members who will be involved with your medical care, and extended team members who provide support during your time at the Princeton Radiation Oncology Center.
Your Personal Care Team
Your physician in radiation oncology. She or he is a specialist in treating cancer with radiation. At Princeton Radiation Oncology Center, all Radiation Oncologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. The radiation oncologist is responsible for planning your care, as well as prescribing and supervising your treatment. You will see your radiation oncologist on your first visit to the Center and during the planning stages of your treatment. Once your daily treatments begin, you will be scheduled to see your radiation oncologist at least once a week to monitor your progress, including (if possible) response to the tumor and treatment side effects.
Those responsible for delivering your daily treatment, which is prescribed by the radiation oncologist. At Princeton Radiation Oncology Center, all Radiation Therapists are certified in radiation therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology and licensed by the State of New Jersey. Radiation therapists are trained in operating the technology that delivers radiation therapy. Do not hesitate to notify your radiation therapist if you have any questions or concerns throughout your treatment. They will refer you to the appropriate team member.
Radiation Oncology Nurse
Registered nurses who work closely with the radiation oncologist and other staff to coordinate your care. You will have a primary nurse working with you during all phases of your treatment. Your nurse will provide you with information concerning your treatment and self-care measures to manage potential side effects of radiation therapy. In addition, your nurse will be available for any questions or concerns you may have both during and after completion of your treatment. If necessary, your nurse may refer you to other supportive care referrals such as Social Worker, Counselor, Nutritionist and/or Support Groups.
Your Extended Team
Specialists in the measurement and delivery of radiation. At Princeton Radiation Oncology Center, all Medical Physicists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology or American Board of Medical Physics. They are responsible for the overall safety and accuracy of the treatment machines as well as for the treatment-planning computers used to determine the beam arrangements for your treatment. The medical physicists may be asked to assist the radiation oncologist with additional calculations, measurements or design of special treatment aids. The medical physicist also checks your initial treatment plan and treatment machine monitor unit calculations. This person provides a weekly continuing quality assurance check while you are being treated to make sure treatment is delivered accurately. You may not have much direct interaction with medical physicists, but they are integral members of your treatment team and play a key role in the planning and delivery of your radiation treatments.
Responsible for assisting the radiation oncologist in planning your treatment through the use of computers, computed tomography (CT) scans and other images you may have had previously, or we may order for you. At Princeton Radiation Oncology Center, all Dosimetrists are certified by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board. The medical dosimetrist uses guidelines given by the radiation oncologist for the dose to be delivered. The goal of the dosimetrist’s work is to design a combination of fields that adequately treats the area of disease while avoiding areas of sensitive normal tissue. Additional responsibilities include calculating radiation dose delivered to the tumor and normal structures and assisting the medical physicist in quality assurance.
Typically your first contact at our Center, the front desk staff will also direct calls and greet you and your loved ones each day when you come for treatment. She/he coordinates the exchange of records, collects information for evaluating your individual case, schedules consultations and works with insurance companies to assure records are processed timely.