Radiation oncology nurses work with every member of the treatment team to care for you and your family before, during and after treatment. They explain the possible side effects you may experience and describe how you can manage them. They assess how you are doing throughout treatment and help you cope with the changes you are experiencing.
Radiation oncology nurses are licensed registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. Many registered nurses in radiation therapy have earned additional certification in the specialty of oncology nursing, and these nurses hold the OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) designation. Advanced practice nurses, including clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, have completed a master’s degree program. For more information on oncology nursing, contact the Oncology Nursing Society at www.ons.org.