Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Medical Dosimetry—What You Need to Know Before You Begin Radiation Therapy

Little known to many patients, there is a man or woman behind the scenes that can have a significant effect on the outcome of your radiation therapy—your medical dosimetrist. This person is responsible for designing a radiation treatment plan that maximizes the radiation dose to your tumor site while minimizing the radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue.  He or she will create a plan that leads to the best possible outcome for you. So next time you are in the clinic for treatment, ask to meet your medical dosimetrist. I wrote this post for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and I thought you might find it helpful: Medical Dosimetry—Improving the Outcome and Ultimate Recovery after Radiation Treatment. 

Look for this information on my links and resources page, and if you happen to be in the San Antonio area mid-June, stop in at the AAMD’s 38th Annual meeting, I’ll be there too, delivering the Keynote. 

The American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) is the professional society for medical dosimetrists. AAMD promotes and supports the medical dosimetry profession through education, forums of professional interaction and a representative voice in the healthcare community. With more than 2,800 members worldwide, AAMD seeks to promote an ideal of professional conduct to which its members should aspire and endorses the highest standards of patient care. For more information about AAMD, visit


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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn is on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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