Who We Are
Radiation Oncology Consultants, Inc. is a Physician's Specialty Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We have been a premier group since our inception in 1992.
Radiation therapy has proven effective in the treatment of a wide range of cancer
types and cancer sites. As one of the primary cancer treatments available,
radiation therapy has assisted in the dramatic increase in the overall cure rate for
cancer over the past 20 years. Between 50 and 60 percent of all cancer patients
are treated with radiation therapy. There are an estimated 20 million radiation
therapy treatments given annually.
Radiation therapy treatments are delivered by a team which is supervised by the
Radiation Oncologist, a medical doctor who specializes in the delivery of cancer
care using radiation. All of the physicians delivering care for Radiation Oncology
Consultants are certified in this specialty by the American Board of Radiology.
Diane M. Heaton. M.D.
Dr. Heaton completed medical school in 1988 at the University of lllinois. She
compteted residency training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in
Chicago in 1992. She was an Assistant Professor in the section of Radiation
Oncology at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in
Memphis until November 1993. She also held a position as a physician in the
Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
in Memphis for one and a half years. She was at St. John from 1994-2006. Dr. Heaton is now practicing at Hillcrest Medical Center.
Our patients often receive other treatments such
as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or surgery as well as radiation
therapy. To ensure the best possible outcome, this multi-disciplinary
approach requires collaboration and coordination among the specialists
on a patient's treatment team. Therefore, during your first visit
you will meet with your radiation oncologist and a nurse practitioner.
Your radiation oncologist may consult with any other specialists
as necessary before your treatment begins to determine the best
course of action. In addition, other members of the Cancer Center
may be brought in to better help you successfully manage your treatment.
The major goal of radiation therapy is to maximize curing cancer while maintaining optimal organ function and quality of life. Because each patient's case presents unique challenges and requires individualized attention, we urge you to consult your radiation oncologist about which treatment plan is best for you. It is extremely important to seek out an expert team of physicians who specialize in your type of cancer to insure optimal outcome.