Who We Are
St. Joseph Health Medical Group offers radiation oncology services to treat
cancer using Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided
Radiation Therapy (IGRT), along with a new state-of-the-art treatment
option for some breast cancer patients using the SAVI Applicator. As leaders
and innovators in the use of these state-of-the-art treatments, our radiation
oncologists can provide you with options that take advantage of numerous
advanced techniques in radiation oncology.
Our radiation oncologists completed their residency and specialty training
at the finest medical institutions from around the United States. By virtue
of their broad training in all aspects of adult medicine, they are uniquely
qualified to coordinate the complex care of patients requiring other types
of cancer treatment offered at St. Joseph Health Medical Group, including
medical oncology services and surgery.
Whatever type or combination of radiation therapy you receive, you will
be cared for by a team of medical professionals dedicated to ensuring
that you achieve the best possible results from treatment.
Medical physicists at the St. Joseph Health Medical Group work directly
with your radiation oncologist in the treatment planning, quality control
program, and delivery of a radiation therapy plan. They oversee the work
of the dosimetrist and help ensure that complex treatments are properly
tailored for your specific situation. Each have advanced degrees, together
with several years of clinical physics training, and each is certified
by the American Board of Medical Physics.
Our dosimetrists work with your radiation oncologist and the medical physicist
to create a treatment plan that is just right for your situation. Their
job is to carefully calculate the dose of radiation and develop a number
of treatment plans that can best destroy the tumor while sparing the normal
tissues. All of our dosimetrists are licensed by the Medical Dosimetrist
Our radiation therapists are highly skilled licensed members of your cancer
management team. They are responsible for accurately recording, interpreting
and administering the treatment prescribed by your radiation oncologist.
During your treatment, they observe your clinical progress and share that
information with your radiation oncologist. All of our radiation therapists
are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Radiation Oncology Nurse
The relationship with your nurse is just as important as the relationship
you share with your radiation oncologist. As part of the care team, your
nurse's job is to help evaluate your health before treatment begins and
throughout the treatment schedule. Your nurse will educate you about potential
side effects and their management. During the course of radiation treatments
you may be evaluated weekly, or more frequently if necessary, by your
nurse to assess problems and concerns. Our radiation oncology nurses are
registered and licensed to practice professional nursing.