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Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Radiation Therapists interview

How to Answer

Due to the nature of your job, you will need to be highly sensitive with your patients. Even if they seem calm and confident, understand that they may be dealing with serious forms of cancer. It might not take much to upset them or send them over the edge as they struggle to cope with such a serious health issue. Give an example, like this:

"I performed a radiation treatment on a woman with breast cancer. We noticed that as she continued with her treatment over a period of time, she was not showing signs of improvement. She asked me, 'How does everything look?' and I didn't want to scare her with my response. So, I told her, 'Things look stable, but you may want to talk more with the oncologist to get the details. Right now we think it's a good idea to continue radiation.'"

Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
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"I performed a radiation treatment on a woman with breast cancer. We noticed that as she continued with her treatment over a period of time, she was not showing signs of improvement. She asked me, 'How does everything look?' and I didn't want to scare her with my response. So, I told her, 'Things look stable, but you may want to talk more with the oncologist to get the details. Right now we think it's a good idea to continue radiation.'"

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Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
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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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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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Consult the oncologist before administering any treatment.
9.
I would make notes of the points I was having difficulty understanding and clarify them with the rad onc.
10.
If I was unsure of the treatment plan, I would contact the oncologist to get clarification.
11.
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.
13.
Speak to a senior, gain clarification before continuing with treatment.
14.
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.
15.
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.
22.
Go and speak to my senior radiation therapist and if they did not understand either then I would contact the radiation oncologist for clarification.
23.
Discuss it with them, understand the rationale behind their decision, and suggest better alternatives if there are any.
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Discuss it with them, understand the rationale behind their decision, and suggest better alternatives if there are any.
25.
Straightaway I will ask for more clarification up until I understand the plan because at the end of the day it is about the patient receiving the best possible treatment and care.
26.
If I do not understand the plan given to me by the oncologist I will ask another member of my team or ask the oncologist.
27.
First thing I would do would be to consult the senior planner to ask them if they understand what the oncologist is asking of the plan and take the appropriate steps from there which could include the senior contacting the oncologist to recheck their intentions or to explain it differently.
28.
I would feel I need to question it so I understand it properly. Effective communication is very important so that the plan the onc wants is achieved.
29.
In order to provide the best healthcare to the patient, it is important that everyone looking after them know what they are doing. Therefore, I would clarify my concerns with the oncologist or the nurses.
30.
I would ask the oncologist again and get my doubts clarified.
31.
If documents for simulation were unclear of radiation oncologists treatment intent, or were not specified, I would talk to my fellow collegue and contact the radiation oncologist before immobolising the patient on the couch. If a patient is inadequately set-up for a particular treatment technique (eg. Arms down in a imrt oseophagus treatment) it is not acceptable to treat or simulate.
32.
If available I would ask the RO specifically what I didnt understand and try and clear it up that way. If the RO isnt availible I would ask a senior RT or an RT that has planned for the specific RO before as they would have a greater understanding of what they would want.
33.
I would ask for clarification to ensure that I am delivering the appropriate dose.
34.
I would talk to a senior radiographer to discuss the plan and highlight any queries I have with it. I would not discuss this in front of the patient so that I would not worry them or make them anxious. If I was unhappy with the plan or thought there was an error, I would not continue to treat until I have recieved confirmation by the planning team of our aim.
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I would firstly ask a member in my planning team to go over the plan with me, so I could provide the best plan. If the team member could not assit me I would contact the oncologist and ask for clarification.
36.
Communicated with them professionally. Collaborate with other departments if need be.
37.
Definitely use my initiative to investigate what it is I dont understand. This may be consulting with other staff members or with the oncologist themselves. It is crucial to have understanding of a patients plan.
38.
I would research what I didnt understand and ask for help.
39.
I would read over the plan, and if I have any questions, I would make sure I ask the radiation oncologist before performing any treatment.
40.
I would ask one of my colleagues to see if they could make sense of it and then ensure another member of staff has checked it to make sure I was ok to go ahead with treatment.
41.
I would ask the radiation oncologist to further explain the plan so we are on the same page.
42.
Speak to a senior radiographer about any concerns or queries well before the patients first treatment.
43.
Speak to the oncologist, ask him to clarify any points you are unclear on or answer any questions or concerns, or speak to a senior team member.
44.
I would ask a doctor about any queries that I have regarding the plan.
45.
I would ask the doctor to elaborate on the plan so that I understand the treatment that I will be providing the patient with. This is not about me but it is about ensuring that the patient receives the best treatment.
46.
I would ask the oncologist to repeat and go through the procedure with me again until I understand what is going on.
47.
I would consult with the Dr. To gain complete understanding. Radiation treatments are not to be taken lightly.
48.
I would ask questions until I do understand. I do not like going in to a situation blind.
49.
Ask another therapist if applicable, or ask the oncologist to clarify.
50.
I would consult a team mate or the dosimetrist involved in the plan for clarity. If this is not sufficient I would bring forth the plan in order to obtain clarity, patient comes first.

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