Your health care team

Your treatment team will be made up of health professionals who care for people having radiotherapy. Some of these are listed below. You will also see other health professionals who specialise in diagnosing and treating the type of cancer you have.

The different roles

The health professionals involved in your treatment will take a team-based approach and form a multidisciplinary team (MDT). The following health professionals may be in your MDT.

  • radiation oncologist – the main treating medical specialist; prescribes and coordinates the course of radiotherapy
  • radiation therapist – plans and delivers radiotherapy
  • medical physicist – ensures that the radiotherapy machines are running correctly in order to deliver treatment accurately and safely; delivers radionuclide therapy and monitors radiation levels
  • radiation oncology nurses – help you manage emotional and physical problems, including side effects that you may experience during treatment
  • dietitian – can recommend an eating plan to follow while you are in treatment and recovery
  • social worker, psychologist – link you to support services and help you with any emotional issues associated with cancer and treatment
  • physiotherapist, occupational therapist – help you with any physical or practical issues associated with cancer and treatment

This information was last reviewed in June 2016
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