Radiation Oncology is a medical speciality that focuses on the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer and other medical conditions, with a focus on precision and minimising side effects.
The radio-oncologist/radiotherapist knows the differences between the various forms of radiations. He knows which form of radiation should be used with which disease, and how the radiation affects the body. He knows how to operate the variety of equipment used to irradiate a disease.
Radiotherapy is frequently used, where possible, to treat female breast cancer because it allows the breast's natural shape to be retained. Radiotherapy is also used on the prostate, lungs, womb, lymph nodes, bones, skin and brain.
Radio-oncology is often combined with chemotherapy or surgery. The patient is comprehensively cared for in close cooperation with the oncologist.