Medical Radiation Technologists
Practicing Radiation Therapy
or Radiation Therapists, are key members of the cancer treatment team. They work closely with your radiation oncologist and other health care professionals to plan and deliver your course of radiation treatment. They have extensive knowledge of anatomy, physics, and safety to perform their jobs daily.
Specialized expertise, Compassionate care
Radiation therapists work with advanced machines and computer software to design treatment plans and deliver radiation for your treatment. Precise positioning is critical for the effectiveness of radiation therapy. From the planning stages to the treatment phase of your radiation therapy journey, the Radiation Therapist works with you to find a position that is comfortable for you and one you can remain in for every treatment. For treatment, your radiation therapist carefully plans the precise dose and target of radiation to maximize the radiation to cancer cells and minimize the harm to surrounding healthy tissue.
A central role of a radiation therapist is to support your well-being, as well as your family and/or caregiver throughout, providing education and resources as you need them. They will assess your physical and emotional needs before, during and after your treatment, providing you and your family comfort and emotional support while in their care. They will educate you on what is going to happen and counsel you about any potential side effects or dietary restrictions. During your radiation therapy journey, radiation therapists are your primary contact to answer any questions you may have about your radiation treatments or aftercare. They describe what to expect during treatment and answer any questions you may have.