Radiation Therapist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Radiation Therapist


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Job Description

 

Radiation therapists work in the field of oncology, where they treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments. 

Radiation therapists treat the cancer by administering doses of radiation to cancerous growths in patients. They deliver radiation in various forms and via various methods to help shrink the tumor.

A great thing about this career is that there is a lower educational requirement than other jobs in the medical field and the pay is still great. There are postgraduate certificates you can get to grow in the field and make more money.

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Responsibilities

 

Radiation therapists have a list of responsibilities. They are responsible for locating the tumor with imagining equipment, preparing radiation, and administering radiation.

They identify the location of the tumor using imaging equipment, such as a CT scanner. Then, radiation therapists use high tech machines, called linear accelerators, to administer beams of radiation directly to the patient's tumor.  

They deliver regular doses of radiation to patients during sessions that can last as long as 30 minutes. During the therapy, radiation therapists monitor patients and adjust treatment for any serious side effects. 

Other duties may include the following:

  • Reviewing prescription and diagnosis

  • Acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel

  • Preparing equipment

  • Maintaining records

  • Assisting in dosimetry procedures 

 

Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about patient's treatment plans and diagnoses. Must correspond with other medical professionals to ensure patient care.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to radiation treatments and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Empathy

Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves since they deal with people going through trying circumstances.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it.

Operation Monitoring

Must be able to monitor gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Coordination

Must work with other healthcare professionals to ensure patient care.

Equipment Maintenance

Must perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Working Conditions 

 

Most therapists work in hospitals, offices of physicians, and outpatient centers. They usually work full time and keep regular work schedules because all procedures are usually planned in advance.

Radiation therapists can be on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn disabled patients, so it can be physically taxing.

Radiation therapists must follow safety procedures to ensure they aren't exposed to harmful amounts of radiation.

Because they work with radiation and radioactive material, the threat of radiation exposure is present and should be taken into account.

Most of these procedures usually require that therapists stand in a different room while the patient undergoes radiation procedures. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.11.2019
Under the supervision of the Chief Radiation Therapist and Director of Imaging, the Radiation Therapist performs a variety of technical duties relating to patient treatments. The Therapist is responsible for performing machine warm-up and quality...
04.24.2019
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04.04.2019
A member of the radiation therapy treatment team who, under the general supervision of the department supervisor and Senior Manager of Cancer Care Center: Applies ionizing radiation to patients in accordance with the prescription and instructions...
04.24.2019
Position Summary Radiation therapists use ionizing-radiation producing equipment to administer therapeutic doses of radiation as prescribed by physicians for treatment of disease -- generally cancer; the radiation therapist is responsible for...
10.12.2018
Under the immediate direction of the Department Director and the Radiation Oncologist, the Radiation Therapist assumes the responsibility of the technical aspect of patient management. Applies professional knowledge and skills to the treatment,...
04.24.2019
Under general supervision, responsible for providing direct oversight of a treatment or CT machine and associated personnel, as well as providing treatment delivery and direct patient care. Essential Responsibilities: Works closely with the...
04.24.2019
Under general supervision, responsible for providing direct oversight of a treatment or CT machine and associated personnel, as well as providing treatment delivery and direct patient care. Essential Responsibilities: Works closely with the...
04.24.2019
Radiation therapist will accurately deliver therapeutic radiation while following department policies and procedures to offer the highest standard of care to include, monitoring and delivery of therapeutic radiation and CT, Simulation of...
04.24.2019
Under general supervision, the Radiation Therapist performs radiotherapy procedures as prescribed by a physician according to established standards and practices. Provides patient care, treatment, and services within the scope of their license,...
04.24.2019
This position is responsible for delivering radiation therapy treatment as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist, perform daily maintenance and quality assurance checks on the equipment, and maintain the inventory of departmental supplies....
04.24.2019
Performs therapy localization procedures and administers radiation treatments to patients in accordance with the prescribed course of treatment. Minimum Qualifications: Work Experience: Previous Radiation Therapy experience preferred....
04.24.2019
Administers radiation therapy to patients following established standards, practices and guide lines. Always performing radiation safety measures for the protection of patients and personnel. Collaborates with the supervisor to deliver...
04.24.2019
Responsible for performing the accurate delivery of prescribed ionizing therapeutic radiation under the direction of a Radiation Oncologist using a variety of complex techniques and equipment. Share and coordinate key information through...
04.24.2019
Participates in a variety of patient care and non-patient care duties involved in the planning and administration of radiation therapy to patients. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Fabricates treatment aids and immobilization devices...
02.26.2019
Assists Radiation Oncologist by treating patients with prescribed dose of ionizing radiation supplied and controlled through specialized radiation equipment. In doing so, prepares treatment room, explains procedures to patients, positions...
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