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Volume 17, Number 5, 2012

New perspectives in radiation oncology: Young radiation oncologist point of view and challenges

Jose Luis Lopez Guerra, Nicolas Isa, Michelle M. Kim, Celine Bourgier, Hugo Marsiglia



To assess the role of the young radiation oncologist in the context of important recent advancements in the field of radiation oncology, and to explore new perspectives and competencies of the young radiation oncologist.


Radiation oncology is a field that has rapidly advanced over the last century. It holds a rich tradition of clinical care and evidence-based practice, and more recently has advanced with revolutionary innovations in technology and computer science, as well as pharmacology and molecular biology.

Materials and methods

Several young radiation oncologists from different countries evaluated the current status and future directions of radiation oncology.


For young radiation oncologists, it is important to reflect on the current practice and future directions of the specialty as it relates to the role of the radiation oncologist in the comprehensive management of cancer patients. Radiation oncologists are responsible for the radiation treatment provided to patients and its subsequent impact on patients’ quality of life. Young radiation oncologists must proactively master new clinical, biological and technical information, as well as lead radiation oncology teams consisting of physicists, dosimetrists, nurses and technicians.


The role of the young radiation oncologist in the field of oncology should be proactive in developing new competencies. Above all, it is important to remember that we are dealing with the family members and loved ones of many individuals during the most difficult part of their lives.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2012; 17(5) : 251-254

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