the future of a radiation therapist
January 5, 2007 9:14am CST
a radiation therapist today works under the oncologist i.e,a cancer specialist and treats the patient through radiation what do u think how much he responsible in reatment or death of a patient
5 Jan 07
Radiation therapy involves treating disease with penetrating beams of high-energy radiation. For example, radiation therapy is used to treat cancer – alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Radiation therapists are highly skilled members of the cancer management team. They are responsible for accurately recording, interpreting and administering the treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists. During treatment, therapists help physicians use fluoroscopy, X-ray films or CT scans to localize and outline anatomical areas requiring treatment. Radiation therapists have continual contact with patients for the course of their treatment, educating them about treatment and simulation procedures and potential radiation side effects. Monitoring and observing each patient’s clinical progress and emotional needs also are part of the therapist’s daily routine. The therapist, as a member of the health-care team, refers patients to physicians, nurses or social service professionals when necessary.