About Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy is a field in which the radiation therapist prepares and treats already diagnosed cancer patients with high energy radiation using highly specialized equipment. The radiation therapist helps plan and administer prescribed doses of radiation to affected anatomy as directed by a radiation oncologist.
The radiation therapist is a health care professional skilled in the art and science of medical radiation treatment delivery. Therapists are primarily concerned with the design and administration of radiation therapy treatment, in addition to issues of daily well-being for patients with cancer. The therapist is responsible for the daily delivery of the prescribed treatment dose of radiation using high-energy linear accelerators. These treatments are provided to cure the patient or to control the disease, thereby improving the patient's quality of life. All of this is done with absolute accuracy. Therapists also monitor patient's reactions for radiation side effects, and keeps highly accurate records of planning, treatment and equipment use.
This profession combines the great satisfaction of helping people during a difficult time in their lives with high technology equipment and sophisticated scientific techniques. Radiation therapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team with radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and other medical specialists to provide the best treatment and support available to their patients.