Radiation Therapy opportunities

  1. Hi,
    I know someone considering a Radiation Therapy AA degree program. Would you be so kind as to offer your insights into the availability of jobs? Are they an appreciated part of your team? What makes a good one?
    Thanks in advance and bless you for the work you do.
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    A Radiation Therapist would not necessarily be a nurse.
    Could be a Radiologic Technologist who has chosen to obtain specialized training as a Radiation Therapist, or could just be someone who took the specialized training to become a Radiation Therapist.

    "Radiation therapists work in coordination with radiologists to implement therapeutic treatment plans for patients.

    Radiation therapists administer radiation therapy to patients under the instruction of oncologists and radiologists. They work intimately with cancer patients, preparing them for therapy and subsequently monitoring their physical and psychological progress."

    above quote from the site

    Another link that might be helpful: http://education-portal.com/radiatio...y_schools.html

    Suggest your friend do a search for "radiation therapy programs" or schools in his/her area, for more pertinent information.

    Hope this is helpful.
  4. by   Jules A
    Thank you so much! She found a local community college program and asked me if I knew anything about it. It sounds like she wants to know if this line of work would be more toward hopeful or depressing. I don't have a clue, psych nurse here.
  5. by   dianah
    Depends, I think, on her and what she can bring to it, and to her patients.
    It could be a fulfilling and rewarding area to work in, for some people.
    I was never directly involved with the area, just helped with some female exams and monitored a few critical pts who needed urgent treatments. I worked mainly in Interventional Radiology, Angio, CT, etc.
    Can potentially be a depressing area, yes, but think what the pts are going through.
    Might be a good idea for her to interview and shadow a Rad. Therapist or two, in her area?
    She might want to also check out a Radiologic Technology program.
    Could go thru that, might like the general duties, or might like to branch out into Ultrasound, MRI, CT, Nuc Med . . .

    Good luck to her, whatever she chooses!

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