Your radiotherapy team
A consultant clinical oncologist is a doctor who is an expert in using radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat people with different types of cancer. They specialise in planning and overseeing your course of treatment.
You may see a consultant clinical oncologist before, during and after your course of radiotherapy. Sometimes you may see a doctor from their team instead, such as a registrar. They are also very experienced in treating cancer. If you have any problems between appointments and need to see the doctor, the radiographers or nurses will arrange another appointment for you.
Therapeutic radiographers are experts in radiotherapy and are specially trained in giving you your treatment. They can also give you support, advice and information about your radiotherapy. They will:
- help plan your treatment
- help you get into the right position for treatment
- operate the radiotherapy machine to give you your treatment
- give you information, practical care and support throughout your treatment.
You will get to know a team of radiographers during your treatment. You can discuss any worries about your treatment with them.
Consultant radiographers are experts in treating specific types of cancer with radiotherapy. They specialise in planning and giving radiotherapy and providing support. You may see a consultant radiographer instead of the clinical oncologist before and during your course of radiotherapy.
Many cancer centres have specialist cancer nurses. They are sometimes called clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) or advanced nurse practitioners. They have expert knowledge about the type of cancer you have.
Some radiotherapy clinics have nurses who give information about the treatment and its side effects. They may also give advice on skin care and medicines to manage side effects.