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Radiation Oncology Expert Witnesses

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Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that uses radiation therapy to treat cancer. High-energy radiation, delivered internally or externally, is used to destroy cancer cells or prevent them from multiplying. Radiation oncologists are physicians who specialize in this type of cancer treatment.

In the United States, radiation oncologists must complete a medical degree (MD or DO), followed by a four-year residency in radiation oncology. Some also complete a one- to two-year fellowship in a subspecialty such as pediatric radiation oncology or brachytherapy. Board Certification in radiation oncology is administered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

Radiation oncologists create treatment plans for cancer that include various forms of radiation therapy, including:

  • External beam radiation therapy
  • Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • Proton therapy

Radiation oncologists work closely with other specialists, such as surgical oncologists and medical oncologists, to create comprehensive cancer treatment plans.

The role of a radiation oncologist as an expert witness

In medical malpractice cases involving radiation therapy, a radiation oncologist can offer their professional opinion on the relevant standards of care and whether the defendant oncologist met or breached those standards. Malpractice in radiation therapy can have significant consequences, from failing to properly treat cancer to exposing the patient to dangerous radiation levels. An experienced radiation oncologist can offer their professional opinion on the consequences of malpractice and the long-term prognosis for the patient’s health.

Radiation oncologists are also often called upon to testify in malpractice cases involving misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer. Their experience in cancer treatment allows them to opine on whether earlier detection and intervention could have led to a better outcome for the patient.

Find the right expert witness for your cancer malpractice case

Legal matters involving misdiagnosis and improper treatment of cancer often have very high stakes. That’s why it’s so important to have expert medical guidance from start to finish. The Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants network includes highly qualified, Board-Certified radiation oncologists who are available for both consultations and deposition or trial testimony. Contact us today for a free case summary review.

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