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  1. 1. A career in….A career in…. Radiation TherapyRadiation Therapy Angelina MercuriAngelina Mercuri Radiation TherapistRadiation Therapist Austin Health Radiation Oncology CentreAustin Health Radiation Oncology Centre
  2. 2. What is Radiation Therapy?What is Radiation Therapy?  Radiation Therapy is the precise use of high energyRadiation Therapy is the precise use of high energy radiation to treat cancer & other conditionsradiation to treat cancer & other conditions  ~50-60% of cancer patients are treated with radiation~50-60% of cancer patients are treated with radiation RADIATIONRADIATION External Beam RT Brachytherapy http://www.brachytherapy.com/prost-brachy.html
  3. 3. The Radiation Oncology TeamThe Radiation Oncology Team RadiationRadiation OncologistOncologist Radiation TherapistRadiation Therapist Radiation PhysicistRadiation Physicist NurseNurse DietitianDietitian Occupational TherapistOccupational Therapist Social WorkerSocial Worker Admin StaffAdmin Staff
  4. 4. The Radiation Oncology TeamThe Radiation Oncology Team RadiationRadiation OncologistOncologist Radiation TherapistRadiation Therapist Radiation PhysicistRadiation Physicist NurseNurse DietitianDietitian Occupational TherapistOccupational Therapist Social WorkerSocial Worker Admin StaffAdmin Staff
  5. 5. The Radiation Therapist’s roleThe Radiation Therapist’s role  Radiation Therapists areRadiation Therapists are responsible for the design ofresponsible for the design of treatment plans & thetreatment plans & the administration of radiationadministration of radiation treatment to cancer patientstreatment to cancer patients
  6. 6.  Following the prescriptions of Radiation Oncologists, RadiationFollowing the prescriptions of Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Therapists use simulators &/or CT scanners to identify areas to beTherapists use simulators &/or CT scanners to identify areas to be treated & those to be avoidedtreated & those to be avoided  Patients are immobilised usingPatients are immobilised using specially designed equipmentspecially designed equipment
  7. 7.  Planning involves developing aPlanning involves developing a customised treatment plan thatcustomised treatment plan that delivers precise radiation dose todelivers precise radiation dose to the diseased area, with minimalthe diseased area, with minimal dose to healthy surroundingdose to healthy surrounding tissuetissue  A variety of imaging modalitiesA variety of imaging modalities are utilised to aid in definition ofare utilised to aid in definition of the target volume/diseased areathe target volume/diseased area
  8. 8.  Treatment involves positioning & stabilising patients &Treatment involves positioning & stabilising patients & operating treatment machines & computer verificationoperating treatment machines & computer verification systems to precisely deliver the planned treatmentsystems to precisely deliver the planned treatment  Patients are monitored during treatment, with thePatients are monitored during treatment, with the Radiation Therapist advising about self-care &/orRadiation Therapist advising about self-care &/or referring the patient to other members of the teamreferring the patient to other members of the team
  9. 9. Study PathwayStudy Pathway Medical Radiations Undergraduate Degree RMIT Year 12 Non Year 12 & Mature Age Students Master of Radiation Therapy MONASH Biomedical Science Science Other Qualification 4 yrs 2 yrs OR
  10. 10. My career pathMy career path  2000-20022000-2002 Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceBachelor of Biomedical Science  2003-20052003-2005 Master of Radiation TherapyMaster of Radiation Therapy - Physics & Instrumentation for Radiation Therapy- Physics & Instrumentation for Radiation Therapy - Professional Practice- Professional Practice - Clinical Studies- Clinical Studies - Radiobiology & Dosimetry- Radiobiology & Dosimetry - Radiation Therapy Planning & Treatment- Radiation Therapy Planning & Treatment - Clinical Research in Radiation Therapy- Clinical Research in Radiation Therapy  2005-2005- Qualified Radiation Therapist -Qualified Radiation Therapist - Austin HealthAustin Health
  11. 11. Application of Science in RTApplication of Science in RT  Anatomy & Pathology:Anatomy & Pathology: Performing image acquisition &Performing image acquisition & interpretation to localise tumour volumesinterpretation to localise tumour volumes  Physics:Physics: Modeling beam arrangements on planningModeling beam arrangements on planning computers to maximise tumour dose & minimise dose to healthycomputers to maximise tumour dose & minimise dose to healthy surrounding tissuesurrounding tissue  Physiology:Physiology: Identifying & giving self-care instructions toIdentifying & giving self-care instructions to patients with radiation side effectspatients with radiation side effects  Psychology:Psychology: Dealing with the psychosocial issues associatedDealing with the psychosocial issues associated with cancer diagnosis & treatmentwith cancer diagnosis & treatment
  12. 12. Research in Radiation TherapyResearch in Radiation Therapy  Development of departmental protocolsDevelopment of departmental protocols  Presentation at national & internationalPresentation at national & international conferencesconferences  Publication at national & international levelsPublication at national & international levels
  13. 13. Opportunities for Radiation TherapistsOpportunities for Radiation Therapists  Specialised procedures:Specialised procedures:  Stereotactic RT & RadiosurgeryStereotactic RT & Radiosurgery  Intensity Modulated RTIntensity Modulated RT  Total Body IrradiationTotal Body Irradiation  BrachytherapyBrachytherapy  ResearchResearch  Administration/Managerial experienceAdministration/Managerial experience  Education/Student supervisionEducation/Student supervision  Postgraduate studyPostgraduate study
  14. 14. Timely AdviceTimely Advice  Keep an open mindKeep an open mind  Choose a career that meets your interests &Choose a career that meets your interests & makes you happymakes you happy  Attend information sessions & open daysAttend information sessions & open days  Consider work experience in your chosen fieldConsider work experience in your chosen field  A scientific mind can be applied to challengeA scientific mind can be applied to challenge oneself in many waysoneself in many ways  Age is no barrier to success- don’t be afraid toAge is no barrier to success- don’t be afraid to set the bar highset the bar high
  15. 15. THANK YOUTHANK YOU && GOOD LUCKGOOD LUCK

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