Patient Care Team
The team at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare - Flagstaff all work together to deliver excellent care:
- a physicist
- social workers
- a dietitian
- nurse navigators
- support staff
The radiation therapists give radiation treatments as prescribed by the physicians. During treatment, a radiation therapist positions the patient correctly on the treatment table and is responsible for accurately and safely delivering the radiation beam in the designated treatment area.
The nurses work closely with each patient, assisting in their care needs and helping to answer any questions or concerns patients may have during treatments.
Physicists measure the radiation beams and provide the data used to plan treatments. The physicists ensure that treatment machines are operating safely and accurately. Frequently, physicists work together with radiation oncologists and dosimetrists to perform special treatments (IMRT, 3-D conformal, other) and they participate in research and development of new treatments.
Working under the direction of the radiation oncologists and physicists, dosimetrists detail each patient treatment plan. Using a computer, the dosimetrist plans the best possible radiation treatment to the targeted tumor area while minimizing the dose to nearby healthy tissue.
Social workers are available to patients and families to provide support, counseling and information related to their illness.
Clinical dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy to patients according to the disease processes, and provide individual dietary consultations to patients and their family members, as well as conduct group education for patients and their families.
Radiation oncology nurse navigators provide case management services for patients and their families. Services include assessment, monitoring and appropriate medical intervention for actual or potential problems related to the disease process and treatment.