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1. How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
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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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Radiation Therapists Interview Questions
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What does palliative treatment mean?
 
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Palliative treatment is when a cure is not acheiveable or the pateint is less likely to survive 5 years cancer free. These treatments often include higher doses per fraction, with less fractions.
 
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Patients whose disease is incurable.I order to relieve the pain a treatment is given.
 
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If a patient cannot sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
 
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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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I would consult with my senior as the whether or not it would be appropriate to give the patient their treatment. If we could not come to a decision we would consult the doctor in charge and ask if he was happy for the patient to be treated. I would not treat the patient if I was not confident that the patient would not be in danger if we decided to treat.
 
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Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
 
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Get help from the planning team and also try to find consultant for clarity before treating.
 
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As a senior for calcification or follow up with the RO to determine exactly what they were after and why that is so that I can better understand that treat method/ rational.
 
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How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
 
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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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Radiation therapy is a local treatment that is either prescribed as a palliative approach or a curative.
 
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Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
 
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To ensure correct amount of dose is getting to the tumours and dose to normal tissue is minimised.
 
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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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Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
 
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The radiation kills the cancer cells by damaging the dna of the cell and making it unreproducable.
 
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It uses high energy X rays to interact with body tissue to produce ions which kill the tumor cell. Both electrons and photons can be used depending on the depth of the tumor.
 
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Are you a team player?
 
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I have always been able to fit easily in teams at both placement and casual work. It is great to work in a team with a shared goal. I have seen many relationships with Radiation Oncologists and I think the key is continual communication and respect for each others roles and what each person brings to the team.
 
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I consider my team work skills my best quality, throughout my life have always been a team member, specifically through team sports, choirs and music, and within other workplaces. My guidance from the RO is appreciated and by using the ideas of several people to attain a goal is deeply satisfying.
 
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How do you deal with stress?
 
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I am genreally very strong mineded and do not get very stressed but I play football regularly and keep active in the gym. Also I like to just relax and home and get away from work.
 
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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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Why did you choose a career in radiology?
 
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I really care about helping patients and building trusting rapport with them. I have lost my best friend, surrogate mother and two family members to cancer. I could not be there for those people, but I can be there for my patients.
 
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I have experienced first hand how difficult it can be and so I have real care for patients and there families.
 
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What is the difference between a CT and an MRI?
 
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MRI is non-ionizing and gives a great view of soft tissue. MRI scans take a long time to acquire. CT using ionizing radiation, is great for imaging bone and can be acquired very quickly.
 
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CT gives good boney delineation while MRI provides better soft tissue definition and can show the difference between normal tissue and cancerous tissues.
 
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How would you describe your overall academic performance?
 
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Greaduated with distinction Newcastle university 2013 SPP Tamworth 2014 Currently employed as a level 2 radiation therapist in Tamworth Experiences so far have allowed me to develop skills and knowledge required for a job as an RT.
 
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I have completed two years of education including two years of clinical rotations. I feel that I am ready to be an entry level therapist. However, I have been told by several seasoned therapists that new grads don't really become full team members until they have been working for at least six months to a year. I feel confident in my abilities and open to learning from everyone.
 
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When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
 
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I realized I wanted to be a radiation therapist after my first day of observation. When I saw that its more than just taking a patient back and treating them, that it was more about the environment and making the patients experience as enjoyable as possible, I knew that radiation therapy was going to be my life long career and that I was personally going to change peoples lives throughout it.
 
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When I started that course and began to see what a difference we make to a patients life.
 
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What do you know about our healthcare facility?
 
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What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
 
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How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
 
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If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
 
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How do you stay organized?
 
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What do you think are the most important qualities of working as a radiation therapist?
 
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What would you do if the linear accelerator was not working correctly?
 
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How would your coworkers describe you?
 
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Describe your relationship with the last physician you worked for.
 
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Tell me about your experience training others?
 
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Do you work well on your own?
 
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Tell me about your experience working with different machines.
 
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