As brachytherapy is a specialized treatment, a highly-trained team of experts is responsible for carrying out the treatment.
The specialists involved in providing brachytherapy varies slightly between different countries, but below is a list of healthcare professionals that may be involved in your treatment.
- Dermatologist and/or oncologist – specialized in skin cancer – responsible for diagnosing the type of skin cancer and determining size and depth of the lesion. Decide on which therapy is best for a specific lesion and patient.
- Oncology nurse specialist – responsible for monitoring patient progress and providing any necessary aftercare.
- Brachytherapy practitioner - also known as a radiation oncologist or radiologist, responsible for administering the brachytherapy treatment.
- Brachytherapy nurse – responsible for helping to prepare patients for each part of the procedure and assisting other healthcare professionals to deliver the treatment.
- Medical physicist – responsible for planning the radiation doses to precisely target the tumor with the correct amount of radiation to give the best chance of a cure.
- Treatment planning staff – ensure that the planning stage of the procedure is exact so that the treatment runs as smoothly as possible (the medical physicist is often the treatment planner).
- Radiation safety staff – ensure safety procedures are met providing safety from unnecessary radiation exposure to both the patient and the brachytherapy team.