Radiation Oncologist

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A Radiation Oncologist is a medical specialist who has specific postgraduate training in the management of patients with cancer, in particular, involving the use of radiation therapy as one aspect of their cancer treatment. They also have expertise in the treatment of non-malignant conditions with radiation therapy. Radiation Oncologists work closely with other medical specialists, especially Surgeons, Medical Oncologists and Palliative Care Physicians, as part of a multidisciplinary team caring for patients with cancer.

Specialising as a Radiation Oncologist requires a degree in medicine as well as a further five years postgraduate study in a radiation oncology training program. Admission into the training program also requires at least two years of clinical postgraduate experience. Positions in this field are available in public hospitals as well as private practice.