What to Consider When Selecting a Radiation Oncologist
All radiation oncologists vary in quality due to differences in their training, professional experience and treatment options avilable. These differences become greater, and matter more, when you need sophisticated medical care for a complex condition. A radiation oncologist, who has appropriate training and experience performing a complex treatment, has better success with the treatment than a radiation oncologist who does the same treatment only occasionally. The survival rate for the same treatment may be many times higher with one radiation oncologist than another. The radiation oncologist must be able to determine which radiation treatment technique would be best for your type of cancer, the maximum dosage to be aimed at the tumor, the minimum amount of healthy tissue to expose to the radiation and how to create a plan that will accomplish this task. It’s important to note that once you have had radiation to a certain location most of the time, you cannot have radiation there again. Clearly, the doctor that you choose has a direct impact on how well you do. This means choosing a doctor for your radiation treatment is an important decision. No one has more at stake than you; it’s one of the most important decisions of your life.