What is Radiation therapy as defined by hmichener program/radiation-therapy-university-toronto
Radiation therapy, also known as “radiotherapy”, is the use of ionizing radiation to treat patients with cancer.
There are many types of malignant diseases treated with radiation therapy such as breast, prostate, lung and skin cancers. It may also be used to treat some benign diseases such as keloids and acoustic neuromas.
Radiation therapy is commonly delivered to a patient by using large sophisticated machines called linear accelerators (external beam radiation therapy) or by use of radioactive sources that are placed internally within or on the surface of a patient (brachytherapy).
Radiation therapy is one of three main modalities used to treat cancer – it may be used alone or in conjunction with surgery, and/or systemic therapy such as chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.
How long do you have to go to school to become a radiation therapist?
Radiation therapists can take the national exam after completing an accredited training program, or after working full-time for two years. Radiation therapists who pass this exam become Certified Radiation Therapists and can renew their certification annually.
Radiation Therapy, also known as x-ray therapy, is part of radiation oncology. Radiation Therapists use linear accelerators to administer radiation to treat cancer. They work closely with the medical dosimetrist, radiation oncologist and radiation physicist. People in this profession work in fast-paced environments, stand for most of day and move and lift patients to and from treatment rooms.
Radiation Therapists work directly with critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. A Radiation Therapist must be able to:
Administer, record, and interpret cancer treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists
Easily adapt to stressful environment
Know about alternate imaging concentrations
Work in small teams
Learn to use different imaging techniques
Manage side effects of treatment
Our Radiation Therapy Concentration is one of few Radiation Therapy Programs on the East Coast that offers Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) for student training. VERT is a life-size replica of a real linear accelerator used by radiation therapists to treat cancer patients. Students learn key skills by controlling the virtual machine with real controls. 3D visualization of patient images, organs, treatment beams and dose makes complex theoretical concepts easy to understand. Our students also use CT scanners and high energy linear accelerators of ionizing radiation.
For many patients with cancer, radiation therapy will play a very important role in their overall treatment.
Wayne State Radiation Therapy Technology Program
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Wayne State RTT teaches student to blend their knowledge and skills of mathematics, science and psychology in operating sophisticated radiation equipment, assisting in the design for oncology treatment and providing psychological support for patients.