Radiation oncologists are the doctors who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments. Radiation Oncologist Residents are the doctors who have finished their internal medicine internship and are in training to be radiation oncologists and assisting radiation oncologists to provide care to the cancer patients. These physicians work with the other members of the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure that each treatment is given accurately. Your radiation oncologist will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its target while minimizing side effects. Before, during and after your radiation therapy treatments, your radiation oncologist works closely with other cancer doctors, such as medical oncologists and surgeons, to maximize the radiation's effectiveness.
Radiation oncologists have completed at least four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of general medical training, and four years of residency or specialty training in radiation oncology. They have extensive training in cancer medicine and the safe use of radiation to treat disease. If they pass multiple board examinations, they are certified by the American Board of Radiology. You should ask if your doctor is board certified.