Our team of experts in radiation oncology is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality patient-focused care.
|Dr. Salam Jafar
Your physician in the Radiation Oncology department is called a Radiation Oncologist. The physician group has over 50 years of combined experience, treating significant volumes of cancer patients while achieving outstanding quality outcomes. He or she is a Board Certified specialist in cancer treatment with radiation. The Radiation Oncologist is responsible for planning your care and prescribing your treatment. You will see your Radiation Oncologist on your first visit to the Radiation Oncology department 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. During your weekly checks, your Radiation Oncologist will monitor your progress.
Radiation Oncology Nurses
The Radiation Oncology Nurses work closely with the Radiation Oncologist and other staff to coordinate your care. Your Nurse will provide you with oral and written information concerning your diagnosis, treatment and self-care measures to manage potential side effects of treatment. In addition, your Nurse will be available for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your treatment and its side effects both during and after completion of your treatment. If necessary, your Nurse may refer you to the Social Worker, Dietitian or a community agency.
Your daily treatment will be prescribed by your Radiation Oncologist and will be given by Registered Radiation Therapists. The Therapists are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology and have all received special training in the operation of Linear Accelerators used to deliver Radiation Therapy. The Therapists are also responsible for administering CT scans for treatment planning and scheduling your treatment appointments. If you have any questions regarding your treatment or need a different appointment time, the Therapists will assist you.
Working along with the Radiation Therapists are students training to become registered Radiation Therapists.
Dosimetrists are certified by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board and are responsible for assisting the Radiation Oncologist in planning your treatment through the use of computers, CAT scans, PET scans, MRI’s and body measurements. The Radiation Oncologist gives the Dosimetrist guidelines for the dose to be delivered. The Dosimetrist then works within these guidelines to optimize the size, shape and arrangement of the area that will receive the dose of radiation. The goal of the Dosimetrist is to design a combination of fields which adequately treats the area of disease while avoiding areas of sensitive normal tissues. The Dosimetrist also calculates the dose being delivered to your body and assists the Medical Physicist in quality assurance.
Medical Physicists are certified by the American Board of Radiology and are specialists in the measurement and delivery of radiation. They are responsible for the overall safety and accuracy of the treatment machines as well as for the computers used to calculate your treatments. The Medical Physicist may be called in to assist the Radiation Oncologists or Therapists with additional measurements regarding your treatment. The Medical Physicist also checks your treatment record weekly while you are under treatment to make sure it is accurate.
You may not have much interaction with the Dosimetrist and Medical Physicist, but they are integral members of the Radiation Oncology department.
Research Nurses work closely with doctors, nurses, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and protocol sponsors to ensure that the data collected in complete and accurate. The Protocol Managers interact with patients to help determine eligibility for clinical trials, and enroll patients in those trials.
The Social Worker's job entails answering questions about transportation, housing and community resources, such as the American Cancer Society and the Social Security Administration. In addition, the Social Worker can help you with stress, depression, anxiety or any other issue that may be making it difficult for you to get through treatment.
A registered dietitian will assess nutritional status, nutritional needs, and monitor patient progress for any patient who is identified to be at nutritional risk.
Our Clerical staff is here to greet you and assist you with your scheduling needs. The Clerks obtain your medical records and prepare the paperwork for your clinic visits. All clinic and treatment planning appointments are scheduled by the Clerks. They will provide you with all the necessary information that you need for your scheduled appointments. They are also available to discuss your insurance benefits relating to radiation therapy and answer any questions you may have relating to balances for which you are responsible.
Our Pastoral Care Team offers a wide range of services that meet the many physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Recognizing the importance of spirituality, we arrange visits with ministers, priests or rabbis, as needed.