The radiation oncologist:
- Establishes a professional relationship with the patient and their family, and is sensitive to their illness, social situation and cultural background
- Is expert in eliciting and synthesising relevant history and patient preferences by directed questioning and effective listening
- Discusses information with patients, their families and their health care team, using appropriate language
- Maintains ethical and effective verbal and written communication with other practitioners, in all roles
This role is all about communication, with patients, their relatives, members of the department, members of other departments, and the community. It is a little hard to write about communication, but I'll try and cover the subtopics as part of my phase 2 training.