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).
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.
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.