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  • 1. A career in…. Radiation Therapy Angelina Mercuri Radiation Therapist Austin Health Radiation Oncology Centre
  • 2. What is Radiation Therapy?
    • Radiation Therapy is the precise use of high energy radiation to treat cancer & other conditions
    • ~50-60% of cancer patients are treated with radiation
    External Beam RT Brachytherapy http://www.brachytherapy.com/prost-brachy.html
  • 3. The Radiation Oncology Team Radiation Oncologist Radiation Therapist Radiation Physicist Nurse Dietitian Occupational Therapist Social Worker Admin Staff
  • 4. The Radiation Oncology Team Radiation Oncologist Radiation Therapist Radiation Physicist Nurse Dietitian Occupational Therapist Social Worker Admin Staff
  • 5. The Radiation Therapist’s role
    • Radiation Therapists are responsible for the design of treatment plans & the administration of radiation treatment to cancer patients
  • 6.
    • Following the prescriptions of Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Therapists use simulators &/or CT scanners to identify areas to be treated & those to be avoided
    • Patients are immobilised using specially designed equipment
  • 7.
    • Planning involves developing a customised treatment plan that delivers precise radiation dose to the diseased area, with minimal dose to healthy surrounding tissue
    • A variety of imaging modalities are utilised to aid in definition of the target volume/diseased area
  • 8.
    • Treatment involves positioning & stabilising patients & operating treatment machines & computer verification systems to precisely deliver the planned treatment
    • Patients are monitored during treatment, with the Radiation Therapist advising about self-care &/or referring the patient to other members of the team
  • 9. Study Pathway 4 yrs 2 yrs OR Medical Radiations Undergraduate Degree RMIT Year 12 Non Year 12 & Mature Age Students Master of Radiation Therapy MONASH Biomedical Science Science Other Qualification
  • 10. My career path
    • 2000-2002 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    • 2003-2005 Master of Radiation Therapy
            • - Physics & Instrumentation for Radiation Therapy
            • - Professional Practice
            • - Clinical Studies
            • - Radiobiology & Dosimetry
            • - Radiation Therapy Planning & Treatment
            • - Clinical Research in Radiation Therapy
    • 2005- Qualified Radiation Therapist - Austin Health
  • 11. Application of Science in RT
    • Anatomy & Pathology: Performing image acquisition & interpretation to localise tumour volumes
    • Physics: Modeling beam arrangements on planning computers to maximise tumour dose & minimise dose to healthy surrounding tissue
    • Physiology: Identifying & giving self-care instructions to patients with radiation side effects
    • Psychology: Dealing with the psychosocial issues associated with cancer diagnosis & treatment
  • 12. Research in Radiation Therapy
    • Development of departmental protocols
    • Presentation at national & international conferences
    • Publication at national & international levels
  • 13. Opportunities for Radiation Therapists
    • Specialised procedures:
            • Stereotactic RT & Radiosurgery
            • Intensity Modulated RT
            • Total Body Irradiation
            • Brachytherapy
    • Research
    • Administration/Managerial experience
    • Education/Student supervision
    • Postgraduate study
  • 14. Timely Advice
    • Keep an open mind
    • Choose a career that meets your interests & makes you happy
    • Attend information sessions & open days
    • Consider work experience in your chosen field
    • A scientific mind can be applied to challenge oneself in many ways
    • Age is no barrier to success- don’t be afraid to set the bar high
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