The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Department is one of New Jersey’s largest and busiest.
The department offers every type of radiation therapy modality available today, including image-guided radiotherapy (including TomoTherapy), intensity modulated radiation therapy, brachytherapy (including low-dose-rate and high-dose-rate therapy and MammoSite breast brachytherapy), stereotactic radiosurgery and fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, external beam radiation therapy, and pediatric radiation therapy.
While you are here with us, your radiation therapy will be planned, prescribed, and carried out by a team of professionals with many years of radiation oncology experience. Your team will also include educational and supportive care professionals, who will make certain you are comfortable and knowledgeable about your treatment. Our team includes:
- Board-certified radiation oncologists: physicians who will plan and prescribe your radiation therapy, evaluate your progress, and oversee your care throughout your time with us
- Board-certified medical physicists and dosimetrists, who will develop your treatment plan based on your radiation oncologist’s prescription. These professionals are also responsible for making sure that the technology used during treatment is functioning properly.
- Board-certified and licensed radiation therapists, who will work with your radiation oncologist in the pre-treatment process and deliver your daily treatment under your physician’s prescription. Radiation therapists also ensure that the equipment is working properly and safely. They maintain and review patients’ radiographic images and daily records of treatment.
- Radiation oncology nurses, who will care for you and your family, including explaining possible side effects, assessing how you are doing throughout treatment, and helping you to cope with the changes you may experience. Our nurses are registered nurses (RNs) many have additional accreditation in oncology nursing.
- Accredited and licensed medical social workers, who will provide a variety of supportive services for you and your family, including counseling, arranging for home health care, and referrals to community resources
- Registered dietitians, who will help you to maintain your diet during radiation therapy, including assessing your nutritional needs and risks, modifying your eating plan if the side effects of treatment are affecting your appetite or ability to eat, determining what you can eat, and providing recipes, menu suggestions, and information on ready-to-use nutritional supplements. Our dietitians can address dietary issues and current developments that may affect cancer treatment outcomes.
- Office personnel who are specifically trained to handle medical office duties and documentation
- Financial counseling/registration representatives, who help patients with financial issues