Good Samaritan Hospital Radiation Oncology is led by four skilled radiation oncologists who excel in the fight against cancer by providing comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered and world-class care. Our physicians trained at prestigious, top-notch cancer centers with special expertise in different types of cancer. At Good Samaritan, our focus is you—the patient.
Our Radiation Oncology team also includes many or all of these other experts:
- Medical physicists who are widely recognized for their expertise
- Experienced dosimetrists
- Highly trained radiation therapists
- Certified oncology nurses
- Breast nurse navigator
- A personable, efficient administrative and support staff
- Good Samaritan Hospital Social Workers
- Nutritionists from Good Samaritan Hospital’s nutrition services department
These individuals work together as a team with our doctors to provide each patient with the highest quality radiation oncology treatment offered with caring and compassion. As our patient, you can feel confident that we are doing everything possible to help you recover and get back to a healthy life.
A medical doctor who specializes in using radiation to care for and comfort patients with cancer and certain other non-cancerous conditions. Our radiation oncologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology. This means they meet nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills in providing high quality radiation oncology care. Our radiation oncologists closely monitor and assess each patient throughout their treatment regimen.
Our medical physicists collaborate with the radiation oncologists to plan the treatment process and delivery of therapy. They also oversee the work of our dosimetrists, making sure the treatment plan meets the individual needs of each patient. They measure the radiation output from the radiation sources used for therapy and are responsible for quality control, checking the performance of our radiation equipment and imaging systems on a regular basis.
Under the direction of radiation oncologists, our trained radiation therapists deliver a patient’s radiation treatments. They are licensed by the State of California and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Our dosimetrists design the treatment plan for a radiation oncology patient using sophisticated computer technology. With in-depth knowledge of cancer treatment and brachytherapy, the dosimetrist prescribes the precise doses of radiation needed to treat the cancer without harming nearby healthy tissue and organs.
Radiation Oncology Nurses
Our radiation oncology nurses are registered nurses who have additional training and accreditation in oncology nursing. They work with our radiation oncology team to care for patients during the course of treatment. The nurses help evaluate patients before treatment begins and play a key role in educating patients and families about treatments, their potential side effects, and how to manage them. Throughout the treatment process, the nurses continue to evaluate the patients to assess and watch for problems and concerns. They are available by phone during business hours to answer questions and provide additional education as needed.
Breast Nurse Navigator
Our specially trained nurse helps people with breast cancer and their families navigate through the challenges of breast cancer from diagnosis to recovery. She enables patients and families to understand and access the care and resources they need, providing emotional support, education, advice and counsel and helping to coordinate the different phases of treatment.
Good Samaritan Hospital’s licensed social workers are available to provide practical help and counseling to patients and family members. They assist with access to various community resources, including home health care and other services.