Radiotherapy and Oncology
Becki is in the third year of her radiotherapy degree. Here is what she does whilst on placement.
Roles and responsibilities
1 in 2 people are diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Therapeutic radiographers help you cope with the physical and psychological demands of cancer treatment, while delivering accurate doses of radiation to the cancerous tissue.
Make a difference as a Therapeutic Radiographer…
When I was being treated for cancer, one of the worst things about it was a pain in my shoulder that was stopping me sleeping. My therapeutic radiographer Sarah referred me to a specialist who introduced me to meditation. The pain improved, and it was the first time I'd slept in such a long time. I was so grateful.
What I love about my job is that you really get to know your patients. Depending on the treatment, you can see someone every day for up to eight weeks, so you come to understand them really well. When something's wrong they don't have to say it, because you can just tell.
Janet was so thankful when I helped her – she even got me a card. It's moments like that that stand out in this job. I love bringing people together and referring them to the right services for them. It's not just "Here's the treatment, then goodbye." You build a relationship.
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