Your Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center proton therapy team is here not only to treat you, but to listen to you and take care of you and your family. They are experts in the field of proton radiation therapy, and focus exclusively on treating patients just like you, every day, and understand your questions, needs and concerns.
Your team includes a group of world-class professionals including a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, physicist, and dosimetrist, all here to support you. We integrate supportive care services, such as social workers, child life specialists, registered dietitians and integrative medicine specialists, to promote your well-being in every sense.
What each team member does
Your radiation oncologist is your physician and will meet with you once a week to review your progress and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. The radiation oncologists who provide clinical care at at our proton therapy facility are all members of the University of Washington Physician Group and hold faculty positions within the UW School of Medicine.
Your care team nurse will provide day-to-day care and help coordinate any additional medical services you might need during your proton treatment, including: arranging for blood tests, scans, medical appointments or other services you need. Your clinical nurse is experienced in radiation therapy.
Your radiation therapist will confirm that you are positioned correctly. This will ensure your treatment is delivered precisely according to your physician’s treatment plan. They will deliver your daily treatment and will remain close by while you receive therapy.
Patient care coordinators manage the exchange of your medical records, collect information for evaluating your individual care plan and schedule your initial consultation. They also assist you in understanding your insurance, Medicare or Medicaid coverage, and help coordinate your payment and manage your costs.
Your medical dosimetrist works with your physician to prepare a treatment plan specific to you. They calculate the angles and doses of proton energy required to treat your tumor, while ensuring your healthy tissue is exposed to as little radiation as possible.
A medical physicist monitors the equipment and procedures used in therapy. They run patient-specific checks on your treatment plan to be sure you receive the correct dose of protons targeted precisely to your tumor.
The patient navigator/concierge greets you when you come to the Center and can help and answer questions regarding your non-medical needs. If you are traveling to Seattle for treatment, your patient navigator/concierge can help you locate transportation, lodging and other local services you may need. They also plan and coordinate educational and social programs for you, such as visits to local museums and arts organizations.