Radiation Therapists
Top 10 Interview Questions and Answers

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1. What does palliative treatment mean?
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Palliative treatment is a term used when a patient is receiving radiation treatments to help ease the pain when their cancer has spread throughout their body especially bones.
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The simplest answer is that palliative treatment is not radical treatment; the doses are lower and the intent of the treatment is not necessarily to cure the patient. Palliative treatment covers a wide variety of radiation therapy, it could be for pain control, or emergency situations such as a svc or spinal cord compression. Improving the patients quality of life while creating the least amount of interuption.
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Providing treatment to patients who are terminally ill.
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Relieving and preventing the suffering and pain of patients.
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Palliative treatment means that the intent of the treatment is for symptom relief and to improve quality of life.
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Palliative treatment is treatment meant to relieve a patients pain, we are not achieving a cure for the patient but are trying to make them as comfortable as possible throughout the rest of their life.
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It is a type of treatment that focuses on relieving and preventing patients suffering.
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Palliative treatment is a type of treatment that helps to improve patients QOL., and give the patient that extra support they may need.
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Palliative treatment is a short course of radiation therapy aimed to reduce pain patients are feeling or to extend patients quality of life.
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Palliative treatment are not intended to cure. They help relieve symptoms or any sufferings caused by the cancer.
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Palliative treatment is effective for the patient in the way that it improves the quality of life of the patient. It would reduce the pain and would ease the functionality of the patient. I would also increases the life expectancy of the patient.
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The use of radiation can ease symptoms and side effects of cancer. Palliative treatments is beneficial in achieving quality of life.
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It is offering treatment in order to minimize the physical and psychological pain of a patient without curing them. It is usually given to patients who are terminally ill.
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Palliative treatment helps keep the pain in control and slightly prolongs the life expectancty.
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To reduce pain and sysmptoms of cancer but not curable.
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Treatment to make patients more comfortable, not intended to cure.
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Treatment to control the pain and not for the cure.
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Palliative treatment means relieving pain for a short period of time and it does not mean curative.
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Palliative treatment is used to improve quality of life and is not intended to cure. Palliative radiation therapy treatment can aid in reducing pain or intervening on an emergency for example a bleed or compression are two cases radiation could be applied.
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Palliative treatment is used to improve quality of life and is not intended to cure. Palliative radiation therapy treatment can aid in reducing pain or intervening on an emergency for example a bleed or compression are two cases radiation could be applied.
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Palliative treatment is when a patient is treated for pain management.
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It is a treatment that does not have the goal of a cure but rather as a method to gain relief from the symptoms of the disease.
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To treat to relieve pain or lessen symptoms, but not for curative purposes.
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The term "palliative treatment" refers to treatment which is not intended to cure the patient, but rather, preserve a good quality of life.
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Not curative. Disease control and symptom control e. G. Prevention of cord compression, control bone pain.
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You are not necessarily looking for a cure, but looking to make the patient comfortable throughout treatment to relieve pain.
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The intent of the radiation is not to be curative, but provide symptom relief.
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Palliative treatment to me means aiming to give radiotherapy for symptom control rather than disease control. It is usually given to relieve pain for mets.
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2. Do you have a high level of tolerance for being around patients that may appear unhealthy from their chemotherapy?
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Yes, although it is an uneasy situation I feel that empathy for someone going through such difficult situation. They might not look healthy but they are human just like you and I and deserve the utmost respect.
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Yes, I do have a high tolerance of unhealthy patients.
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Absolutely. I want a career in this field to help cure patients who are battling cancer, and a part of that is being around the patients who are all in different stages of cancer.
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Yes, I have a very strong mentality and have built my strength up for dealing with patients that appear unhealthy.
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I have been in this field for 11 years and have a great deal of patience and understanding for our sick tired and overwhelmed patients.
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I have extensive experience of working with patients during my medical school education e.g. I have seen patients with skin conditions and cancer patients and it gives me a nourishing experience to help patients.
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I do, but I will treat them like any ordinary patient and provide whatever needs necessary to comfort them.
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From my experience in clinical as a student, I think I do. When I see patients who are very unwell, I just like to think that hopefully what we do as radiation therapists can improve the patients situation. If anything, it makes me want to do my job better because I want my patients to be better.
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Yes. It takes a lot to make me truly uneasy. I have a high tolerance for gross things, always have. No matter what the patient looks like I am still able to see them as the person they are and not focus on the effects other treatments have had on them.
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Of course this is not something I enjoy, but I do have a great understanding that this is a part of life and knowing what the patient is going through makes it possible for me.
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Yes, after working in a trauma center for two years I have seen alot and always come to the situation with a good energy to help ease the patient and what they are experiencing.
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I have five children so my tolerance level is pretty high when it comes to being around individuals who are sick and caring for them.
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Yes I do, in fact I did 18 months of placement and I have been around patients who had chemo and they dont feel too well. You just got to offer them any support and advise they may need or refer them to one of the nurses if they would like.
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Yes. I have a strong tolerance for blood or the appearance of a sick individual.
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Yes, every patient is different and equality should remain regardless.
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Yes, will use proper protection to help them with their suppressed immunity.
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Yes of course. Itís a fact of life that humans will get sickness. As a fellow human it is important to show compassion to those who are undergoing weakness.
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Yes of course. Itís a fact of life that humans will get sickness. As a fellow human it is important to show compassion to those who are undergoing weakness.
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Ever since I was little I have always felt compelled to help people in need. I will always do everything in my power to make sure patients are comfortable and in as little pain as possible.
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I believe that I have a high level of tolerance and compassion for all the patients and the challenges that they face during this difficult time.
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Yes. It does not matter to me a patients physical appearance, as it is my goal to help the patient through treatment by being there for support, and to hopefully achieve the main goal: to cure their cancer.
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Absolutely. I have completed multiple clinical placements and I am comfortable with caring for all patients.
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Not just tolerance, but sympathetic and caring. These patients are not only feeling unwell but they are facing body image issues, they are in a difficult place emotionally.
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3. If you do not understand the radiation oncologist's plan, what would you do?
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If I receive anything from the radiation oncologist that I do not fully comprehend then I would not hesitate to ask them to elaborate more on the treatment plan because at the end of the day , this is not about me but it is about the patient receiving the best accurate care.
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If there is ever any doubt concerning a patients treatment or care I would immediately consult the Doctor.
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I will ask the consultant again and if they are not available I will ask someone else in the team who would know and can explain.
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Consult with the radiation oncologists to confirm the course of action.
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Ask questions and discuss with physician, dosimetry, and the other therapists.
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I would see if another therapist that I was working with understood and if I still was not confident in moving forward I would work my way up to Dr. Lai by going to dosimetry and physics or directly to dr. Lai and ask him to clarify what he is intending.
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I would try to verify it with him or consult a physicist.
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Consult the oncologist before administering any treatment.
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I would make notes of the points I was having difficulty understanding and clarify them with the rad onc.
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If I was unsure of the treatment plan, I would contact the oncologist to get clarification.
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I would speak to one of my colleagues, if not see my seniors or superintendent. If am still not satisfied, I would go back to the radiation oncologist to discuss the plan.
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I would contact the oncologist to get clarification of the treatment plan.
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Speak to a senior, gain clarification before continuing with treatment.
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Ask the other members on my team to explain to me what the plan means and how it is different in comparison to what we have seen before.
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Contact them and discuss. Inform superior of issues.
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I would take the plan back to the appropriate person and see if they could clarify my misunderstanding.
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First I would inquire with my partner radiation therapist on what they know about the plan. If they are uncertain as well, then I would inquire with the radiation planner. If I am still unclear on the situation, then I would contact the radiation oncologist.
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I would ask the oncologist to better explain why he or she chose the plan that they did.
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I would seek to have my questions or concerns through asking other therapists, dosimetrist, as well as the radiation oncologist.
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I would review the plan again, and then I would ask for clarification before I proceed.
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Ask a more experienced member of staff. If it is still unclear, get clarification from the oncologist.
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4. Can you explain to me, why patients receive radiation therapy?
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Patients receive radiation therapy to cure the cancer.
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Radiation therapy is chosen asd it is a localised treatment as opposed to chemotherapy being systemic. The advantage of this is that the patient will not experience hairloss, vomiting etc and should only experience sideeffects in the area being treated. (patients may experience fatigue) Radiation therapy is.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to help control or cure their disease. Some patients need pain relief and are too advanced to be cured by our help but some radiation would help with their pain control. Otherwise we are trying to eliminate the disease alone with radiation therapy or in conjuncture with chemotherapy and or surgery.
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To cure their cancer or to control/shrink the cancer and provide symptom relief.
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Patients receive radiation therapy for complete radical treatment or as paliative treatment for malignacies.
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Patients receive radiation therapy for many reasons. Radiation is used to destroy cancer cells; however some patients receive radiation along with chemotherapy or immunotherapy, also before a surgical procedure to help shrink a tumor that is going to be removed, and sometimes patients receive radiation after a surgical procedure has already been performed, to destroy any smaller cells that were left behind after surgery.
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Patients receive radiation treatments usually in conjunction with chemotherapy or after/before surgery to increase their chances for survival/cure.
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Patients receive radiotherapy to halt excessive division of cancer cells leading to cancer development.
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To help minimize the size of tumors in the hope it can be removed or eliminated. It can also be used to mediate the pain level.
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Radiation Therapy is one of the common treatments for cancer. The option of getting radiation therapy is upon the discretion of the physician but it is based on different factors such as the type of disease and whether or not it will respond well to the treatment, the area that we are treating, the condition of the patient.
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Radiotherapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It is used to treat cancer, thyroid disorders and some blood disorders.
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Radiation therapy is part of the treatment to cure or reduce the cancer.
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To help destroy the DNA of cancerous cells while not harming, or minimully harming the health cells.
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It is a method for helping in treating patients with cancer.
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Patients have been diagnosed with some form of cancer and radiation therapy is a non invasive procedure that kills specifically targeted tissue.
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Radiotherapy is given either with a curative or palliative intent. It is given in the hope to cure the cancer or to relieve them of some of the symptoms they may experience such as pain.
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Obviously, patients who are receiving radiation therapy are cancer patients and radiation therapy is among few of the major treatments for cancer which can obviously be effective and cure the cancer completely, majority of the time. Radiation therapy also can improve the quality of life of the patient by reducing the pain. It also prolong the life expectancy of some palliative patients.
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To treat malignant cells. It can be used after surgery to treat and micro cells left behind or with chemotherapy.
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They have been diagnosed with some form of cancer and require a non-invasive procedure that will target and destroy the cancer cells.
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To help reduce the tumour size and cure them from cancer if radical treatment.
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To treat tumours allowing for either completely free disease or reduction of tumour.
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To shrink the present tumor down to a size that would make it removable with surgery or dissipate completely.
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Certain cancers require either the treatment of radiation or chemotherapy and sometimes require both to be used in tandem to eradicate the cancer. Radiation therapy is often used to treat tumors many popular cases would be those of breast cancer and others related. Radiation uses ionizing radiation to target the tumor without harming surrounding tissue.
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Because they need a specific area of cancer treated.
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To treat cancer with either a curative or palliative intent.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and to help relieve pain.
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Patients receive radiation to help fight cancer cells. It breaks the DNA of healthy and cancer cells, but healthy cells are better able to repair themselves. Radiation can be used for a number of reasons. For instance, it can be used neoadjuvantly to shrink the cancer cells, it can be used adjuvantly to help another drug like chemo kill the cancer cells or it can be used by itself.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to cure and help prevent cancer from returning. Also radiation therapy is used to relieve pain to patients who have mets.
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Patients receive radiation from a prescription that is written up by the Oncologist. This prescription is used to treat patients that have cancer. The treatment can be done to cure patients or to give them a palliative dose to help with pain.
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Radiation is a local cancer treatment that aims to destroy cancer cells in a targeted area.
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Patients receive radiation therapy because they have been referred to the radiation oncology department by another physician for the treatment of cancer. Patients may receive radiation therapy for a curative intent or to relieve symptoms.
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When a patient has been given a diagnosis of cancer, one of the treatment options is radiation which is delivered to shrink the tumor or to kill any microscopic cells that remain. It also can alleviate pain for palliative patients.
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To treat cancer by either eradicating a tumour or shrinking it so that it can be removed surgically. Additionally, radiation therapy can also provide palliative treatment.
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As treatment, either primarily or adjuvantly, for their cancer or benign lesion that is causing them symptoms. It can be used as treatment or palliatively to alleviate painful bone lesions for some individuals.
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To cure their cancer or to control quality of life. Can be used on its own or alongside another mechanism.
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Patients receive radiotherapy as a treatment for cancer. This can be radical treatment to minimise cancers or to palliate any symptoms as a result of cancer.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to target and destroy tumours within the body.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to destroy cancer cells and to relieve current pain they may be feeling.
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Patients receive radiation therapy in order to fight off the cancerous cells.
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Radiotherapy is delivered to control or cure cancer.
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To treat cancer, precisely, to all different body types. Hoping to shrink the size of the tumor throughout the treatments.
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Patients receive radiotherapy to relieve pain that could be pressing on their spinal cord, to shrink their tumor before they have surgery and to kill any remaining tumor cells following surgery.
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There are number of reasons why patients get radiation therapy. Most often they receive radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapy can be delivered as a prophylactic treatment, adjuvant treatment to another cancer control modality, as well as a palliative treatment. Most often in the case where it is a palliative treatment, radiation is used to improve quality of life by reducing pain or intervening on an emergency for example a bleed or compression are two cases radiation could be applied.
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There are number of reasons why patients get radiation therapy. Most often they receive radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapy can be delivered as a prophylactic treatment, adjuvant treatment to another cancer control modality, as well as a palliative treatment. Most often in the case where it is a palliative treatment, radiation is used to improve quality of life by reducing pain or intervening on an emergency for example a bleed or compression are two cases radiation could be applied.
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Patients mainly receive radiation therapy to help manage and control, or cure their cancer disease. It is designed to shrink the size of the patients tumor.
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Patients receive radiation therapy as a treatment approach for either curing their cancer, reducing their tumor or as an aid to alleviate their symptoms.
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Radiation Therapy is the chosen treatment by the physician to cure cancer, shrink tumor size, or to relieve pain.
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Well, most patient who receive radiation therapy are oncology patients, withr palliative or radical. The aim is to treat the area of the tumour whilst avoiding healthy tissue making precision very important.
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Patients receive radiation therapy in order to treat or palliate cancer. The advantage of radiation therapy is that tumours that are inoperable are still treatable.
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To provide cure of cancer or for palliation of symptoms.
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5. Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
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Radiation therapy is a field that focuses on very precise and accurate treatments. Thinking back to the process of how the patient goes from the CT Simulation to their treatments, it is important to remember that the treatment we deliver and the plan that is approved to deliver the treatment is based on the CT Scan and all the doses and calculations are based on that position from their scan. If they were treated not in the same position, we would not be able to deliver the treatment as per treatment plan.
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The patients treatment plan is based on the original CT and positioning that went along with it. For best results it is crucial that the patient remain in the same position daily to target the tumor area and deliver the full dose to maximize chance of survival.
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So that they get appropriate dose in the target area where treatment is required.
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To make sure that the radiation is going to the exact spot where it needs to be going which was measured accordingly in their treatment plan and must be consistent throughout treatments.
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We want to make sure we are treating the target as accurately as possible and part of doing that is ensuring the patient is in the same poistion. A difference in positon could mean potential underdosing of the target and/or overdosing of critical structures.
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Radiation therapy is usually a local treatment. In order for the radiation to be delivered in the most accurate way, the patient has to stay still and the beam has to go to the exact place of where the target tumor is in order for the patient to receive the best dose in an unhealthy cell and not in a healthy cell.
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Radiation therapy is location specific, and once the patient is line up with the beams and slight movement or shifts could cause the treatment to be administered on healthy tissue rather than the area of need.
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So that the treatment can be given precisely to the cancer whilst avoiding healthy tissues.
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The tumor is in a certain location within the patient and the treatment needs to be directed at the cancerous cells every dose, not surrounding healthy tissue.
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Because radiation therapy involves targeting specific cells and in order to maintain accuracy, the exact position needs to be reproduced in every therapy session.
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To make sure we are treating the correct volume such as the ptv, we are not underdosing the ptv or overdosing surrounding critical organs. To achieve good local control and minimising side effects by irradiating less healthy tissue.
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Because the accuracy of the treatment is dependent on the duplication of the exact position the patient was in for their initial treatment.
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Radiotherapy is planned very precisely. Movement from the patient could mean healthy structures are radiated and the target volume missed.
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Reproducibility of treatment, accurate treatment delivered and no geographical miss.
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To reproduce treatment delivery ensuring accuracy and effectiveness.
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To limit dose to normal tissue and get proper dose of radiation to desired area.
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It is important for patients to remain in the same position because we want to be treating only the position that is planned and nothing more.
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It is important for the patient to remain in the same position during treatment. This ensures that the treatment is reproducible and that the radiation is targeted at the treatment volume. If the patient moves during treatment, this could jeopardize the treatment by possibly causing a geographical miss.
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To ensure that you are treating the same location each time. If the patient is not in the same position each time you have no idea where exactly you are treating.
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Having the patient in the same position is vital to delivering the most accurate treatment.
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So that the patient receives the same exact treatment in the same exact spot everyday as it is important to deliver the total radiation dose in a precise location.
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Reproducibility due to close margins required, as high doses need to be delivered to the PTV whilst minimising dose to organs at risk. If the patient is in a different position, this leads to geometric uncertainty.
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6. If a patient can not sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
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If a patient were to keep shifting around prior to or during treatment, I would utilize the different pieces of equipment available, such as the hand ring or the leg bolus to keep the patient in the correct position. To keep the patient from feeling like they were being restrained, I would also remind them about the importance of them remaining still during treatment for safety reasons.
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Second Best
If the patient would have to get any pain medication, I would first make sure patient got it before he enters the treatment room. Make sure I give enough time to the pain medication to work. If the patient is nervous and accordingly, he is struggling to stay still on the bed I would talk to the patient and calm him self down. I would ask him to relax and explain him the importance of staying still during the treatment. If the patient can not manage to say still at all, I would use other supporting immobilization devises to keep the patient in a stable position.
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I would use the objects available to hold the patient in position.
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Make him as much comfortable to maitain the right position.
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5.
I would explain to them the importance of sitting still and run through the safety guide lines. If necessary I would use the available equipment.
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6.
I would start by emphasizing the importance of remaining completely still during treatment for greater success overall.
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7.
I will explain to them if it is necessary for the treatment and help them trying to sit still; ask them to focus on something; an object in the room to help them sit still.
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8.
Utilize different immobilization devices that will help them to hold still such as a ring for the arms to hold on, then tell them the importance of holding still.
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9.
You try to find common ground with the patient to help calm them.
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10.
Identify what the problem is . Tal to the patient see whats causing it.
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11.
Explore possible options to make the patient more comfortable like introducing a knee fix to take pressure of the back or using foam cushions to help with the hard surface of the bed. Explain the rationale behind asking the patient to sit still. Often if the patient knows the reason why it is required they may understand the gravity of lying still and compliance might be less of an issue. I would avoid putting excess pressure on the patient as if the patient get anxious or nervous they will be less likely to sit still. Try to make them feel relaxed and comfortable if possible.
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12.
If a patient has trouble staying still for treatment, or if I can tell that even before we begin, I would constantly remind them that they are going to have to sit still for the treatment before and during. I would also explain to the patient that we need to make sure that they are still for the treatment for the treatment to be accurate and we want to make sure that the radiation will be delivered to the area we want it to be and not anywhere else. I will make sure that the patient understands this as well before going ahead with the treatment.
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13.
First ask them what is wrong, are they uncomfortable and thats why they are moving? let them know the importance of staying still during treatment and see if that can calm them down to where they will cooperate. If they still just wont stay still, I cannot give them the treatment, maybe have them talk to a nurse or doctor in case they are in pain or have anxiety and maybe its something the nurse or doctor can help with. I would move on in the meantime with treating patients and then check on them making sure they will stay still before treatment before I would begin.
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14.
I would ask if there is a specific reason why they are unable to sit still and if there is not I would inform them of the importance in sitting perfectly still while getting treatment and would ask how I could help she/he stay calm and still.
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15.
Try and reassure the patient of the treatment procedure and try to calm their nerves by giving them the opportunity to relax.
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16.
Determine whether it is a mental state, or something on their mind that is causing them to not want to sit. And then if it is not a mental state, determine if the patient is in pain or if sitting will cause pain. Perhaps call the doctor to get a second opinion.
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17.
Notify the radiation oncologist to see if immobilizers can be used or medication to be adminstered that could help.
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18.
I would ask the patient if they were uncomfortable. I would probe to see if the forms were the issue. I would also ask them if they were nervous and try to calm there anxieties by going through the procedure and what they should expect during the treatment.
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19.
Ask them the reason as to why they cant stay still, talk to them, reassure them and remind the patients the importance of staying still for radiotherapy treatment. if the patient cant stay still after talking to them, I would let my seniors aware of it.
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20.
Understand why the patient feels agitated, try to resolve the initial course, explain the procedure and reassure them.
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21.
I would check and make sure that the patient was comfortable and that the equipment was not bothering them in anyway. I would also remind them that it was very important that they remain as still as possible during the treatment.
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22.
Remind them of the importance and that it is essential to remain still to gain maximum effectiveness of treatment.
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23.
Ask the patient if there is a reason for this. Explain how crucial it is that they remain still. If the patient is in pain, get a doctor to prescribe pain relief before reassessing the patients condition and then try again if they are managing better.
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Give the patient time to make them feel more at ease and possibly ask the patient what we could do to make them feel more comfortable.
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25.
I would ask them what may be causing the fidgeting and suggest that they talk to the nurse to help the relax, manage their pain, or to find a way to help them hold still. I would not treat them if they were unable to hold still.
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26.
If the patient could not sit still during treatment, I would interrupt the treatment until the patient could settle and check to ensure their position was still correct for treatment. If it was before treatment, I would discuss with the patient the importance of holding still and try to discuss options that would help, such as taking pain medication if it was due to pain.
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27.
I would do my best to talk to the patient to calm them down and reassure that we are doing everything in his/her best interest. I would take my time with the patient and make sure he/she feels comfortable before proceeding to treatment.
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28.
Check if they are in pain - provide pain relief. If another issue try to find a way to resolve this perhaps with immobilisation devices or sedation. If still a problem do not treat.
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7. Do you enjoy working with a team? Specifically the radiation oncologist?
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Top Answer
I enjoy teamwork. The doctor was great that I worked with.
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Second Best
Yes I do. Growing up I played soccer and was nominated captain by my teammates. I enjoy working with others to not only create a strong team but to better each other.
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3.
Yes, I enjoy working with a team. While I was doing my observation hours, I recognized that working well as a team being led by the radiation oncologist created a great environment for work as well as a comfortable environment for the patients.
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4.
Yes, I thrive the best when working with a team. I loved the oncologist whom I worked with.
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5.
I am a very team oriented person and I worked very well as part of a team for 11 years.
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6.
I have particular interest in cancer treatments and in my previous education I was part of a pbl group where team work was the essence of the role. I enjoyed working in team and my tutor was a histopatholosgist who inspired me to study cancer pathology and radiotherapy.
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7.
Yes, they always say two minds are better than one.
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8.
I have always liked working with people. I think I work better with a team than I do by myself because everyday I know I will learn something new, and I can learn from the people you work with.
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Yes, I thrive most as part of a team. I love when each member of the team has their part and responsibility and follows through.
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10.
I find that multiple heads are better than one, so working as a team allows the patient to receive better care because everyone involve is focusing on their his/her treatment plan. The radiation oncologist is the head of the team, with his/her medical experience the rest of the team will follow and collaborate to the effectiveness of the plan.
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11.
I think working with a team is ver important, this career path speifically to ensure that the parients are getting the correct dosage and treatment.
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12.
Yes, althought I have not worked with a rad oncologist, in xray school I worked with the radiologists in procedures and the technologists there as a team.
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13.
I very much enjoy working with a team. Teams provide support and provides a platform for problem solving involving other perspectives.
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14.
I do enjoy working in a team and yes specifically the radiation oncologist. Afterall we are all working to provide the best possible treatment available to the patients.
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15.
Yes, the fact that a radiation therapist is part of a team is one of the deciding factors in my choosing this career.
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16.
Yes I enjoy working with a team as you share the responsibility of patient care and deliver the treatment.
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17.
I thrive as a team player and I enjoy the integration of a team environment.
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18.
I love being able to work with a team, I like when someone like the oncologist gives us a task and as a group we are able to work together to achieve a common goal of excellent treatment for the patient.
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19.
I enjoy working with a team because I believe it is essential in delivering the best treatment for the patient.
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Yes, I like to share knowledge and ideas. I particularly enjoy to learn from the oncologists.
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8. How do you deal with stress?
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Top Answer
I am very calm and collective. I can handle any situation without getting stressed or at least showing stress.
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I just take a deep breath and concentrate on whats important and deal with it.
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I am a very logical person so I stop and think about what it is that I'm stressing about. I will make a plan to fix whatever it is that is making me stressed. If it is something beyond my control, I do whatever I can to not allow the stressor to get to me.
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4.
When stress arises, I always take the time to stop take a deep breath and think about the problems and items that need to be accomplished. I gather all my thoughts and make an organized plan as to what is to be done and what things need to be done first.
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5.
When im faced with a stressful situation I don't let it take control of my emotions instead I stay focused on the final goal and thinking positive always calms me down, personal motivation.
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Take a deep breath and survey the situation. Then find the best way to proceed.
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7.
Whenever I find myself in a stressful situation I always take a step back and analyze the situation, I remember my training and run through solutions in my head considering each outcome and then act according.
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8.
If I get too stressed I sometimes have to take a second or two to step back and take a couple deep breaths. I remind myself that life could be worse and that I need to keep a positive attitude for the sake of my patients.
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First thing i do is take a deep breath and analize the situation. if there is a solution at hand, i apply it; if there is not an immediate solution, then i wait for the right solution to come.
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10.
Pew pew pow
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11.
I try and address what is stressing me head on, if it isn't something I can directly alter then I try to blow off steam though exercise.
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12.
Stay calm, take a deep breath, and address the stressor.
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13.
Good.
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60%
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14.
Relaxing and sometimes walk out.
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60%
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I tend to go for a run or walk with my dog. I love being able to just blow off my steam by going for a run.
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60%
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16.
Family time is important to me and being around the people that you love can take your mind off anything that is stressing me out. Also, working out helps me focus my attention on my exercise instead of things that are bothering me.
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17.
Working out.
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18.
My strong faith and I enjoy staying fit
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60%
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19.
I take a deep breathe and remind myself that everything will work out.
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57%
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20.
Exercise, takemy dogs on a walk, do something I love sewing/quilting.
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57%
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21.
I would deal with it in a calm fashion.
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57%
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22.
Meditation and adoration.
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23.
I make time when im off from work to do things i enjoy.
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24.
Walking my dogs.
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25.
I vent, and talk it out with someone.
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26.
What is console cantrole.
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27.
Family is very important to me, so being around the people I love helps with stress.
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28.
I write things down, once they are written I feel like the stress has left and I can focus on the problem later on. Most of the time, after a few hours you realize that there is no major problem you where just under stress and things have calmed down.
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I try to remain calm. I analyse the worst case scenario it can happen and then I make a plan to follow in order to avoid it from happening.
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30.
I use physical activity to cope with stress. Whenever a stressful situation arises I have found that going for a run or swimming laps helps relieve that stress.
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31.
Take a deep breath.
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32.
Workout or listen to music.
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33.
I think I can handle stress rather well, I enjoy problem solving to work out how I'm going to do something even if there's limited time. I think the key to stressful situations is to stay calm and work logically towards a solution because if you become stressed and just start to try anything you'll take even longer to come to a good solution to the problem.
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34.
Good.
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35.
Good.
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36.
I handle stress very well, and often thrive when put into stressful situations.
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37.
The best way for me to deal with stress is to break it down and take the situation step by step. I tell myself to remain calm and ask for help if needed.
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38.
After a stress ful day I listen to music and cycle if weather allows. I am well aware of work life balance and try and keep work stress at work so that I am fresh and available to take up new challenges at work.
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39.
Breathe it in breathe it out, remain calm, and think on your feet to resolve problem.
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40.
I am very used to stress, I grew up where my family makes their living off of what happens 3 months out of the year. Things get really stressful around springtime they have all my life. Ive learned to deal with it by not letting it effect me negatively. Ive gotten good with writing things out and learning how to be most effective to get through the stressful time. Ive learned how to look for ways to work smarter not harder to relieve unnecessary stress. I almost thrive in a stressful or chaotic environment because it makes me focus and get in the zone so that I can get through the situation.
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41.
Personally, I hand stress by releasing it during phsysical activities whether its on a run or working out at the gym. I prefer to handle it this way to avoid confrontation.
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42.
I do alot of self talking and reading that help me with everyday stress. If in a particularly stressful situation it is key to not let it overcome you but to deal with the task at end calmly.
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43.
Stress can actually produce a rush of adrenaline that keeps me on my toes. I am very good at multitasking and when stressful moments occur, I asses the situation and prioritize what needs to be accomplished first.
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44.
I do recognise my limit and if am stressed, I would probably take 5 min off the treatment room, gather myself, possibly talk to someone as to why am stressed and then get back to work.
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45.
I am very calm and focused during stressful situations. I focus on the objective and prioritize what needs to be done in order to meet that objective.
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46.
I take a weekly Pilates class and enjoy spending time at the gym.
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47.
To deal with stress I play badminton in my free time. Stress at work I would take deep breaths and think calmly, make a list of how to handle situations which can reduce stress.
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48.
Focus on what is important, the patient. Prioritize what should be done first.
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49.
I handle stress with a list. I will make sure that the most important tasks are carried out before the non-important tasks. I am an easy going person and if I get overwhelmed with stressed, I will step back and give myself time to relax.
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50.
When stressed out, I tend to need to talk it out. Sometimes just letting out all my stresses makes everything seem much more manageable.
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51.
I understand that stress during work is unavoidable, I remain calm and work through any problems. To cope with the stress in the long term, I enjoy relaxing activities such as exercise, listening to music and meditation.
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52.
I remain calm and take deep slow breaths, and focus on the important subject, which is the patient.
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53.
I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I run and attend zumba whenever possible and try to keep a routine to ensure good sleeping patterns. If I feel stressed about something then I like to find someone to talk to about the problem. Sometimes pressure can feel like stress.
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9. Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
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Top Answer
Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA. It can either damage the DNA directly or create charged particles within the cells that will in turn damage the DNA. However, it is important that the radiation only be delivered to cancer cells because normal cells can be damaged too.
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Second Best
Radiation kills cells that are damaged by cancer so that they cannot divide and spread keeping them localized.
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3.
What radiation does is it targets the DNA of cells and induces damage that way and it works in two ways. It can damage the DNA to promote cell killing and it can damage the DNA to prevent stop DNA replication so that the cancer cells do not multiply.
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4.
Radiation therapy targets dividing cells, majority of them in M phase and damages their DNA. When this has been damaged, cells are unable to divide and are killed.
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5.
Radiotherapy works by damaging the DNA inside the tumor cells, destroying their ability to reproduce. It uses high-energy particles to destroy or damage cancer cells.
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6.
High levels of radiation interact with the cancer cell DNA causing cellular death.
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Radiation therapy targets the tumor cells and destroys there ability to reproduce.
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8.
Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by damaging their DNA (the molecules inside cells that carry genetic information and pass it from one generation to the next). Radiation therapy can either damage DNA directly or create charged particles (free radicals) within the cells that can in turn damage the DNA. Cancer cells whose DNA is damaged beyond repair stop dividing or die. When the damaged cells die, they are broken down and eliminated by the bodyís natural processes.
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The ionising radiation kills cancer cells by destroying their DNA
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It destroys the DNA of the cancer cell therefor disabling its ability to reproduce.
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11.
The radiation kills the cancer cells by damaging the dna of the cell and making it unreproducable.
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12.
It can kill directly or indirectly. Directly by interacting with DNA of a cell and indirectly with interacting with H20 in the body.
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13.
Radiation therapy alter the DNA of the cancer cells thus, preventing them from duplicating.
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14.
Radiation targets and destroys the cancer cells by using a high energy beam.
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15.
By indirect damsge to DNA caused by ionisation of water molecules within cells which leads to development of free radicals. It is these free radicals that cause splits in the DNA, leading to cell death.
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10. Did you enter Radiation Therapy for the financial benefits, or do you genuinely care about helping patients?
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Top Answer
When I chose this career I had no idea what the salary was. I watched a relative receive their treatment and was determined that this was what I wanted to do.
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Second Best
I have an extreme desire to help and care for patients particularly cancer patients.
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3.
My reason for choosing this career is based on a personal experience. My grandmother was the motivation in me choosing radiation therapy as a career. She lost her battle with lung cancer. I only read about the monetary benefit after I was already convinced that this is the career for me. I have always enjoyed taking care of others and after much thinking I know that the healthcare filed is where I want to be.
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4.
I am seeking to help patients. It makes me feel good when I know I am doing something beneficial and making a difference. I would like to make their experience as positive as can be with an attitude of warmth and empathy.
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5.
I entered radiation therapy because I genuinely care about helping patients. I knew that I wanted a career in the medical field because it involved helping to relieve suffering in individuals. I have always been a compassionate person and wanted a career that involved caring for people.
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6.
Definitely about caring for patients. I believe by working as a radiation therapist is rewardable. You make a difference in the lives of people and it is such a noble deed being able to give someone a chance to get their life back.
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7.
Cancer has touched most families, including my own. Having a career which is rewarding has always been important to me.
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8.
I entered because I genuinely care. I have always been a caring and compassionate individual. I am the happiest when I can have a positive effect on another individual and make them smile.
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9.
I genuinely care and I am passionate about patients welfare and well being.
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10.
I genuinely care about helping patients. My grandma died of breast cancer and she was not able to be saved by the technology we benefit from today.
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11.
I genuinely have always wanted to help people. I lost my best friend at a very young age to cancer and from that point on I have known that I wanted to help other people suffering from that terrible disease.
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I always have had a passion for helping people and had great interest in the medical field since of young age. It is rewarding to help a person through a tough time.
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Radiation therapy is used to treat cancer in the human body. As part of a medical radiation oncology team, radiation therapists use machines called linear accelerators to administer radiation treatment to patients. Linear accelerators are most commonly used in a procedure called external beam therapy, which projects high-energy X rays at targeted cancer cells. As the X rays collide with human tissue, they produce highly energized ions that can shrink and eliminate cancerous tumors. Radiation therapy is sometimes used as the sole treatment for cancer, but it is usually used in conjunction with chemotherapy or surgery.

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Education Requirements

Radiation Therapist have completed an associate's degree, or bachelor's degree in radiation therapy. Most states require a license to practice Radiation Therapy. Some Radiation Therapist get by, by completing a 12 month certification. However, most employers require at least an associate's degree.

Work Environment

Radiation therapists are on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn disabled patients. Because they work with radiation and radioactive material, radiation therapists must follow safety procedures to make sure that they are not exposed to a potentially harmful amount of radiation. These procedures usually require therapists to stand in a different room while the patient undergoes radiation procedures.

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