Radiation Therapist

Summary

Radiation therapists design, plan and administer radiation treatment to cancer patients, and provide related care to patients in conjunction with radiation oncologists or other medical specialists.

Duties & Tasks

Radiation therapists may perform the following tasks:

  • provide explanations and information to patients about radiation therapy treatment, its possible side effects and self-care procedures
  • coordinate the various activities that make up the patient's treatment and care plan
  • use simulators, CT scanners and other medical imaging equipment to identify and define the anatomy to be treated and those to be avoided
  • devise a treatment plan that will deliver the optimum radiation dose to the target anatomy and minimise dose to unaffected anatomy
  • calculate the treatment machine settings, associated equipment and computer verification systems to deliver the radiation dose as prescribed by the radiation oncologist
  • administer the radiation treatment and record the delivered dosage into patients' record sheets
  • monitor and assess the patient's wellbeing before, during and after the treatment, taking particular note of side effects of treatment
  • participate in research and development activities and clinical trials
  • supervise and train students allocated from universities in the practical aspects of radiation therapy
  • commit to the Continuing Professional Development Program (which is mandatory for registration).

Working Conditions

Radiation therapists work in hospitals and/or radiation oncology centres. They work in teams that include radiation oncologists, nurses, medical physicists, engineers and technicians, data managers and administrative staff. They are involved in the day-to-day treatment of cancer patients.

Personal Requirements

  • interest and ability in science
  • attention to detail
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • aptitude for working with computers
  • patient and empathetic towards others
  • supportive and professional approach when treating cancer patients.

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