Radiation oncologists are the physicians overseeing your radiation therapy treatments. 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 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 oncologists work closely with medical oncologists and surgeons to maximize the radiation's effectiveness.
James Currier, M.D., board certified radiation oncologist, has served the Madison County community since 1981, founding and developing local modern radiation oncology services. Dr. Currier is the director of radiation oncology services at the Community Cancer Care, the first Indiana facility to offer Calypso positioning for prostate cancer treatments.
He is a past president of the Madison County chapter of the American Cancer Society, as well as serving many years as a board member. He is medical director of the Anderson chapter of the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) as well as director of the New Castle chapter.
On a national level, Dr. Currier has been recognized and honored as a fellow in the American College of Radiation Oncology. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of radiation medicine of Loma Linda University in southern California, and has, since 1996, organized a yearly radiation oncology meeting attended by physicians from around the nation.
Radiation oncology nurses are licensed registered nurses. Many have additional accreditation in the specialty of oncology nursing. Radiation oncology nurses work collaboratively with radiation oncologists and radiation therapists to care for you and your family at the time of consultation, while you are receiving treatment and during your follow-up care. The nurses will explain the possible side effects you may experience and describe how you can manage them. They will assess how you are doing throughout treatment and will help you cope with the changes you may experience. They will also provide support and counseling to you and your family.
Radiation therapists work with under the supervision of the radiation oncologists to administer the daily radiation treatments.
The Linear Accelerator, used for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), is the latest in 3DCRT (conformal radiation therapy). IMRT uses three-dimensional imaging and treatment delivery, and also allows variation of radiation dose intensity and is far more precise than standard 3DCRT. In IMRT, very small beams with varying intensities can be aimed at a tumor from many angles. The intensity of each beam can be controlled. During treatment, the beam shapes change hundreds of times. The radiation dose can be made to bend around healthy tissues so that it does not become damaged.
The Calypso 4D Localization System provides continuous, real-time, objective tracking, allowing prostate radiation therapy delivery to be managed more effectively. It involves use of electromagnetic transponders implanted into the prostate to accurately monitor prostatic position throughout treatment, helping to ensure precise delivery of each treatment that could otherwise be compromised by organ motion.
High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy delivers high-intensity radiation directly into tumors through fine needles that are deployed from computer-controlled afterloaders. These afterloaders move the radiation source on a wire within the needle according to a prescribed treatment plan. The total dose is delivered in a series of fractions, or treatment sessions.
Community Cancer Care - Radiation Oncology