Genesis Cancer Care Western Australia manages a diverse functioning team that comprises radiation oncologists, medical oncologists (Shenton House, Joondalup), radiation therapists, radiation oncology medical physicists, radiation oncology nurses, medical oncology nurses (Shenton House, Joondalup), biomedical engineers and administration staff.
Radiation oncologists are specialist trained doctors who oversee your radiotherapy treatments. These oncologists,together with other members of the radiotherapy team and allied healthcare specialists, work with you to develop and prescribe a personalised radiotherapy cancer treatment plan. Your radiation oncologist will also track your progress through constant face to face review sessions throughout your radiotherapy treatment.
MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS (only at Shenton House, Joondalup)
Medical oncologists are specialist trained doctors who deal with the diagnosis and treatment of cancers. While radiation oncologists use radiation therapy as their primary treatment method, medical oncologists use chemotherapy and other anti-cancer agents to fight cancer. Sometimes, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are combined. Both specialists work together to devise personalised treatment plans that will provide patients with the best outcome.
Allied healthcare professionals who work with radiation oncologists to plan and deliver the daily radiation treatment under the doctor's prescription and supervision. These therapists are responsible for both the calculation and delivery of each patient's personal radiation dose.
Specially trained hospital clinical scientists who work directly with the radiation therapists and radiation oncologists during treatment planning and delivery. They assist in ensuring complex treatments are properly tailored for each patient, and they also develop and direct quality control programs for the radiotherapy equipment and procedures.
RADIATION ONCOLOGY NURSES
Registered nurses who work with every member of the treatment team to care for you and your family before, during and after treatment. They will explain the possible side-effects you may experience and help you to manage them.
These nurses are wonderful advocates for you and your family.
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY NURSES (Shenton House, Joondalup)
Sometimes called chemotherapy nurses, medical oncology nurses work closely with medical oncologists and other members of the team, and are responsible for the delivery of intravenous (IV, via a vein) treatments. Nurses care for patients and their families before, during and after treatment, and provide additional information including how to manage potential side-effects. They are vital to a patient’s support and overall well-being.
Specialist staff responsible for the installation, ongoing maintenance and quality assurance of the linear accelerators, their control systems and ancillary equipment. They are also responsible for the coordination of sub-contractors for general maintenance requests.
RECEPTION AND ADMINISTRATION STAFF
The reception and administration staff provide the kind voices that greet you on the phone and welcome you into the department each day. They are well practiced in patient advocacy and assisting you in the timely coordination of other medical and diagnostic appointments.
They have a wealth of information for matters pertaining to any requirements you may have including:
- Logistics of day-to-day transport
- Referrals and any hospital admissions that may be necessary
- Questions about Medicare and your patient accounts.