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 procedurescoordinate 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 avoideddevise a treatment plan that will deliver the optimum radiation dose to the target anatomy and minimise dose to unaffected anatomycalculate the treatment machine settings, associated equipment and computer verification systems to deliver the radiation dose as prescribed by the radiation oncologistadminister the radiation treatment and record the delivered dosage into patients' record sheetsmonitor and assess the patient's wellbeing before, during and after the treatment, taking particular note of side effects of treatmentparticipate in research and development activities and clinical trialssupervise and train students allocated from universities in the practical aspects of radiation therapycommit 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.