Dr. William Hall of the Medical College of Wisconsin offers advise to patients looking for a radiation therapist.
Dr. Hall says: Radiation therapy is an extremely technical specialty that is rapidly evolving. Many patients think that radiation therapy is the same, regardless of where they receive it.
That is not so.
Expertise, delivery methods, and the unique methods of radiation therapy administration can vary tremendously from hospital to hospital. That’s extremely valuable for patients to understand.
You should seek a radiation oncologist who specializes in your type of cancer, someone who focuses their research and clinical efforts on a few types of cancer. In larger academic centers, radiation oncologists tend to do that.