A radiation oncologist is a medical doctor with years of specialized training in using radiation to treat disease. Other names for this type of specialist are radiotherapist, radiation therapist, or therapeutic radiologist. In partnership with the pediatric oncologist, the radiation oncologist develops a treatment plan tailored specifically for each individual child.
The radiation oncologist will explain to you and your child what radiation is, how it will be administered, and any possible side effects. She will answer all questions regarding the proposed treatment. You will be given a consent form to review prior to the first treatment. Take the consent form home if you need extra time to read it. Parents should not sign the consent form until they thoroughly understand all benefits, risks, and possible side effects of the radiation. The radiation oncologist will meet at least weekly with the child and parents to discuss how the treatment is going and to address concerns or answer questions.
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