Radiation oncologists confirm cancer-related diagnoses given by health care professionals such as diagnostic radiologists.
- Determine the best therapy technique to prescribe for destroying cancer cells in a patient while keeping normal tissue around the cancerous area healthy. Radiation oncologists use three-dimensional images to understand exactly where tumors are located so that they can limit the risks of side effects from radiation therapy. Examples of radiation treatments include stereotactic radiosurgery as well as radiation therapy combined with chemotherapy, the use of chemical agents to destroy cancer
- After speaking with patients about their specific conditions, they then plan treatments, determining the correct amount of drugs and radiation to be used in a patient
- Radiation therapists execute these plans. During treatments, radiation oncologists also regularly see patients to ensure they are managing okay
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