The John Muir Health Radiation Oncology program has one of the largest and most technologically advanced radiation oncology programs in the Bay Area. Founded more than 30 years ago, the program is led by five board certified radiation oncologists who have 100 years of combined experience.
They are supported by a diverse team of experts in their fields including medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, oncology nurses, social workers, and nutritionists. Many of the staff members have over 20 years experience in their respective fields and have made our cancer program one of the most successful in the Bay Area.
A radiation oncologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the administration and use of radiation for the care and comfort of their patients. The American Board of Radiology certifies our radiation oncologists as having expertise in evaluating and treating patients with cancer and benign conditions. The radiation oncologist will closely monitor and assess the patient's progress throughout the entire course of treatment.
Our radiation therapists are trained by accredited institutions of Radiation Oncology and are licensed by the State of California and the national ARRT. They deliver the daily radiation treatments under the direction of the radiation oncologist.
Dosimetrists create the treatment plan using highly sophisticated computized systems. They ensure the prescribed dose is given to the tumor while normal structures are spared as much as possible.
Qualified medical physicists work directly with the radiation oncologists in the treatment planning process and treatment delivery. They oversee the work of the dosimetrists and help ensure that complex treatments are properly tailored for each patient.
Medical Physicists are responsible for quality control programs for radiation oncology equipment and procedures. They take precise measurements of radiation beam characteristics and perform safety tests on a regular basis.
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Radiation oncology nurses work with the radiation team to care for patients during their course of treatment. They play a key role in educating the patient about their treatment, and managing side effects. They help navigate patients through their treatment series in coordination with other specialists. During the course of radiation treatments, patients may be evaluated weekly, or more frequently when needed.
Social workers are available to provide a variety of supportive services to patients and their families. They evaluate individual support systems, assist with financial and insurance needs, arrange home health care and transportation services, and provide support for caregivers throughout the treatment.
Nutritionists work with patients individually, to help maintain their weight and health during radiation treatment. They provide education and support throughout the treatment process. Nutritionists address dietary needs to optimize treatment and facilitate the recovery process.