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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 Radiation Therapy is the precise use of high energy radiation to treat cancer & other conditions ~50-60% of cancer patients are treated with radiation ~50-60% of cancer patients are treated with radiationRADIATION External Beam RTBrachytherapy

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Study Pathway Medical Radiations Undergraduate Degree RMIT Year 12 Non Year 12 & Mature Age Students Master of Radiation Therapy MONASH Biomedical Science Other Qualification 4 yrs 2 yrs OR

10 My career path Bachelor of Biomedical Science Bachelor of Biomedical Science Master of Radiation Therapy Master of Radiation Therapy - Physics & Instrumentation for Radiation Therapy - Professional Practice - Clinical Studies - Radiobiology & Dosimetry - Radiation Therapy Planning & Treatment - Clinical Research in Radiation Therapy Qualified Radiation Therapist - Austin Health Qualified Radiation Therapist - Austin Health

11 Application of Science in RT Anatomy & Pathology: Performing image acquisition & interpretation to localise tumour volumes 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 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 Physiology: Identifying & giving self-care instructions to patients with radiation side effects Psychology: Dealing with the psychosocial issues associated with cancer diagnosis & treatment Psychology: Dealing with the psychosocial issues associated with cancer diagnosis & treatment

12 Research in Radiation Therapy Development of departmental protocols Development of departmental protocols Presentation at national & international conferences Presentation at national & international conferences Publication at national & international levels Publication at national & international levels

13 Opportunities for Radiation Therapists Specialised procedures: Specialised procedures: Stereotactic RT & Radiosurgery Stereotactic RT & Radiosurgery Intensity Modulated RT Intensity Modulated RT Total Body Irradiation Total Body Irradiation Brachytherapy Brachytherapy Research Research Administration/Managerial experience Administration/Managerial experience Education/Student supervision Education/Student supervision Postgraduate study Postgraduate study

14 Timely Advice Keep an open mind Keep an open mind Choose a career that meets your interests & makes you happy Choose a career that meets your interests & makes you happy Attend information sessions & open days Attend information sessions & open days Consider work experience in your chosen field Consider work experience in your chosen field A scientific mind can be applied to challenge oneself in many ways 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 Age is no barrier to success- don’t be afraid to set the bar high

15 THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK


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