Your Radiation Oncology Treatment Team
At the Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Institute, our multidisciplinary Radiation
Oncology team combines extensive experience in radiation therapy with
the goal of improving the lives of patients through advanced therapies
and cutting edge technology. Your team of doctors, nurses and support
staff will work together to provide a patient-centered environment and
guide you through treatment.
These highly skilled health-care professionals are your daily partners
in treatment. Starting from the beginning of your treatment schedule,
they assist in the planning process, capturing x-ray or other images and
keeping meticulous records regarding your health. They operate the variety
of radiological devices, insuring the consistent application of your treatment
plan. Torrance Memorial therapists provide a kind and caring environment
to aid in your successful recovery.
As safety and quality assurance are the highest priorities for the physicians
and staff at Torrance Memorial, the medical physicist on your care team
is assigned to insure the continued accuracy of radiation treatments.
Extensive training in nuclear science and its medical applications, medical
physicists calibrate the devices used in therapy and ensure the correct
doses of radiation are applied to your cancer site. They also collaborate
in the design of your treatment plan with radiation oncologists. Medical
physicists also test and assure the safety of each radiological device
used in therapy at Torrance Memorial.
This member of your treatment team is specially trained in calculating
the optimum dose of radiation for your personalized treatment plan and
assuring the consistency of that dose throughout your treatment cycle.
The dosimetrist works closely with the radiation oncologist during the
planning of your treatment, and has a wealth of training and experience
in developing complex radiation plans to maximize dose to the target and
minimize dose to critical normal structures. The dosimetrist will generate
and adapt a number of possible treatment plans; the final treatment plan
is approved by the radiation oncologist (MD) and the final quality assurance
is performed by the medical physicist before the first treatment is delivered.
The nurses in radiation oncology at Torrance Memorial are specifically
trained to care for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. They
are on hand to provide guidance through treatment for you or a loved one,
answer questions relating to your treatment, monitor your health during
treatment and help provide emotional support.
The radiation oncology department offers the services of a licensed dietitian
to provide nutritional guidance to keep your body fortified to heal. Recommendations
can include foods to allay some side effects, keep weight on and maintain
a healthy diet to aid in your treatment, recovery, and healthful living
once your treatments are completed.
A recommendation for radiation therapy may at first sound frightening or
intimidating. The Torrance Memorial
Cancer Resource Center is staffed by Advance Practice Nurses who specialize in the care of patients
and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. If you or a loved one is
experiencing emotional distress or need information about any aspect of
the cancer experience, contact the Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665.
The Cancer Resource Center is in the lobby of the West Tower, across Medical
Center Drive from the entrance to the Radiation Oncology Department. Walk-ins
are welcome and all services of the Cancer Resource Center are free of charge.
Safety and Quality
Every aspect of your treatment planning and delivery is given meticulous attention