Cancer Services Expert Staff
We offer peace of mind.
Our professional team is the key ingredient that makes Deaconess Cancer Services a leader in cancer care. We know that healing requires more than technology. It requires highly trained professionals to utilize the technology. As important, it requires caring professionals who take time to explain the technology and answer the questions of patients and caregivers.
Our Multidisciplinary Team
Our team of health professionals bring years of experience and advanced training to benefit patients. Our comprehensive approach to care also includes the services of case managers, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists and chaplains.
The medical staff at Deaconess Oncology includes doctors that specialize in radiation oncology and medical oncology. The medical staff works closely with other physicians including interventional radiologists and pathologists during the patient's course of treatment.
Many of our nurses carry the credential OCN, an oncology nursing credential that identifies advanced skill and dedication to our oncology patients. The caring staff of nurses at Deaconess Cancer Services work to ensure our patients receive the best treatment possible.
Mary Gaffney, RN, and Terri Kempf, RN, the Deaconess Cancer Services nurse navigators, works with breast cancer and lung cancer patients. They serve as a convenient, single point of contact between the entire Deaconess Cancer team and you and your family. Mary and Terri's knowledge and special training are available to you from the first moment of diagnosis to help with any questions you might have. They can explain unfamiliar terms and concepts, guide you through the entire treatment process and help you take advantage of the many resources available to you. Learn more about our Nurse Navigators!
Genetic counselors are individuals specifically trained to help patients understand and adapt to the personal and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. The counselor reviews a person’s medical and family histories, explains the basics of cancer genetics and provides information about potential cancer risk. They are knowledgeable about the status of testing for genes associated with hereditary cancers and whether genetic testing is an appropriate option to consider. Learn more about Oncology Genetic Counseling at The Women's Cancer Center.
Registered Radiation Therapists (RTT)
Radiation Oncology Team
Radiation is used to treat cancer. As part of the medical radiation oncology team, radiation therapists care for the patient by preparing for treatment sessions and working with the radiation oncology team to administer targeted doses of radiation to the patient's body to treat cancer. Radiation therapist are highly-skilled medical specialist educated in physics, radiation safety, patient anatomy and patient care. The radiation therapist at Deaconess are especially sensitive to the patient's emotional, as well as physical needs during the treatment process. All radiation therapists at Deaconess Oncology are licensed and credentialed through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in the specialty of Radiation Therapy.
The medical physicist helps translate the science of radiation physics into the clinical treatment of cancer. They are responsible for the quality assurance program in radiation oncology including monitoring equipment output and checking all treatment plans before they are utilized. Our physicist is board certified through the American Board of Radiology for Therapeutic Radiologic Physics.
Certified Medical Dosimetrists (CMD)
Certified medical dosimetrists design treatment plans by means of computer and/or manual computation to determine a treatment field technique that will deliver the prescribed radiation dose. Our dosimetrists are also radiation therapists, meeting all of their listed qualifications. Our medical dosimetrists are certified through the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.
Oncology Pharmacy Team
The oncology pharmacy team is comprised of five pharmacists and seven pharmacy technicians that have specific oncology training and undergo annual aseptic and hazardous drug training. Each infusion center has a pharmacy satellite that is staffed with one oncology pharmacist and technician. Every medication given in the infusion centers is reviewed by a pharmacist prior to being dispensed.
Deaconess Oncology Services