During clinical rotations in school I had the wonderful opportunity of working with two of the most courageous patients I have ever encountered, both were battling cancer till the very end. I often have considered oncology, however, it seems as though my instructors have turned many of the students off to the area. Regaling horror stories of broken vials of chemo drugs and the possiblity of the nurses themselves at risk for contracting cancer from the medication they mix on a daily basis as well as exposure to radium implants, etc. How valid are these claims. And if you could, describe (trivial since no one day I am sure is 'typical') an "ordinary" day. Thanks, I really and truly respect what you do. My grandfather died of lung cancer and it was the nurses who comforted him and helped to alleviate his suffering and fears in such a difficult time.