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Top 25 Radiation Therapists Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
How would your coworkers describe you?
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Question 2 of 28
How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
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"I take time to check in with my patients to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. I show them I care by following up with them when they tell me about their job, their family or anything else going on in their life."
Show how you go above and beyond to be sensitive to the needs of your patients. Even though your role is more focused on the technical side of treatment, each patient interaction is an opportunity to make a positive difference in their life. Individuals dealing with cancer may find themselves spending most of the days going in and out of doctor's offices and hospitals. Show the interviewer that you understand the weight of carrying such a life-threatening burden. Even if you haven't experienced it personally, you can still show empathy and be willing to listen to your patient's concerns. Tell the interviewer, "I take time to check in with my patients to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. I show them I care by following up with them when they tell me about their job, their family or anything else going on in their life."
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Question 3 of 28
If a patient cannot sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
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"It depends. I ask a lot of questions of my patients when I find out they are undergoing additional treatments or medications, because I know how it can affect them. Helping them to remain calm by setting a tone of being relaxed myself typically makes a difference. I speak in a soothing voice when my patients are nervous and I remind them that I'm there to help and happy to answer questions."
Patients may have trouble remaining still for various reasons. Shakiness, irritability or anxiety may be a symptom of their condition or medications they may be taking. You may need to physically adjust them. You also may need to know how to talk them down if they are feeling excessively anxious or nervous. You may consider answering this question with, "It depends. I ask a lot of questions of my patients when I find out they are undergoing additional treatments or medications, because I know how it can affect them. Helping them to remain calm by setting a tone of being relaxed myself typically makes a difference. I speak in a soothing voice when my patients are nervous and I remind them that I'm there to help and happy to answer questions."
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Question 4 of 28
How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
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Share an example of one of your patients who went through treatment. How did they respond to the radiation? As you know, the affects may vary from patient to patient. Take it to the next level and see if you can talk about what is actually happening inside the patient's body. If the cancer cells shrink or resist treatment, explain your perspective. What are the side effects, positive or negative?
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Question 5 of 28
Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
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Question 6 of 28
What does palliative treatment mean?
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Question 7 of 28
Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
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Question 8 of 28
Are you a team player?
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Question 9 of 28
Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
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Question 10 of 28
How do you deal with stress?
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Question 11 of 28
Why did you choose a career in radiology?
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Question 12 of 28
What is the difference between a CT and an MRI?
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Question 13 of 28
How would you describe your overall academic performance?
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Question 14 of 28
When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
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Question 15 of 28
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
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Question 16 of 28
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 17 of 28
How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
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Question 18 of 28
If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
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Question 19 of 28
How do you stay organized?
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Question 20 of 28
What do you think are the most important qualities of working as a radiation therapist?
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Question 21 of 28
What would you do if the linear accelerator was not working correctly?
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Question 22 of 28
Describe your relationship with the last physician you worked for.
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Question 23 of 28
Tell me about your experience training others?
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Question 24 of 28
Do you work well on your own?
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Question 25 of 28
Tell me about your experience working with different machines.
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Question 26 of 28
Have you ever dealt with a crisis on your shift? How did you react?
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Question 27 of 28
How do you know if a patient is experiencing negative affects of radiation?
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Question 28 of 28
Tell me about your relationship with the last physician you worked for. Describe your relationship.
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Question 1 of 28
How would your coworkers describe you?
Question 2 of 28
How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
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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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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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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.
Question 3 of 28
If a patient cannot sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
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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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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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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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I would start by emphasizing the importance of remaining completely still during treatment for greater success overall.
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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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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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You try to find common ground with the patient to help calm them.
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Identify what the problem is . Tal to the patient see whats causing it.
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Question 4 of 28
How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
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Patients receive radiation therapy to cure the cancer.
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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 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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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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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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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.
Question 5 of 28
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.
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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.
Question 6 of 28
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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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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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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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.
Question 7 of 28
Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
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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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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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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.
Question 8 of 28
Are you a team player?
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I enjoy teamwork. The doctor was great that I worked with.
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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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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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Yes, I thrive the best when working with a team. I loved the oncologist whom I worked with.
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I am a very team oriented person and I worked very well as part of a team for 11 years.
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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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Yes, they always say two minds are better than one.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yes, the fact that a radiation therapist is part of a team is one of the deciding factors in my choosing this career.
Question 9 of 28
Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
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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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Radiation kills cells that are damaged by cancer so that they cannot divide and spread keeping them localized.
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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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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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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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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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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 body’s 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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The radiation kills the cancer cells by damaging the dna of the cell and making it unreproducable.
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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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Radiation therapy alter the DNA of the cancer cells thus, preventing them from duplicating.
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Radiation targets and destroys the cancer cells by using a high energy beam.
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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.
Question 10 of 28
How do you deal with stress?
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Relaxing and sometimes walk out.
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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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I take a deep breathe and remind myself that everything will work out.
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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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Meditation and adoration.
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Exercise, takemy dogs on a walk, do something I love sewing/quilting.
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I would deal with it in a calm fashion.
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Stay calm, take a deep breath, and address the stressor.
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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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I make time when im off from work to do things I enjoy.
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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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My strong faith and I enjoy staying fit.
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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.
Question 11 of 28
Why did you choose a career in radiology?
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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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I have an extreme desire to help and care for patients particularly cancer patients.
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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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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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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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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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Cancer has touched most families, including my own. Having a career which is rewarding has always been important to me.
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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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I genuinely care and I am passionate about patients welfare and well being.
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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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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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I entered Radiation Therapy as I have always had a strong interest in health and helping people. This form of medicine allows me to interact with patients on a daily basic and help them through their journey within the department.
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No, I genuinely enjoy the job. I was attracted to the mix of maths, science and healthcare.I have stayed in the field since graduation 10 years ago and enjoy the unque challeneges of the department.
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Patients. I enjoy making a difference in others lives I like to feel that I have made a difference.
Question 12 of 28
What is the difference between a CT and an MRI?
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Basically, a CT scan is used more for bony anatomy and internal organs, while an MRI is used to view soft tissue.
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A CT exam uses radiation to obtain images and MRI does not use radiation but electromagnetic waves. CT exams are much quicker than MRI exams. Each have there benefits and downfalls.
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A CT uses kV radiation to take images and it displays the image based on the electron densities of the tissues that the xrays have passed through. An MRI uses magnetic fields and not xrays to take the image.
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Ct uses ionizing radiation and mri uses magnetic resonance for imaging. Mri is usually good at looking at soft tissues and ct is good at boney anatomy.
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Computerised tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
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CT uses radiation for imaging where as MRI uses a magnetic resonance technology.
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CT scan uses Xray where as MRI uses magnetic resonance. Depending on what needs to be observed, the CT scan is really good for examining bones structure and density where as the MRI is good for looking at tissue.
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A ct scan give good detail about bony anatomy whereas mri gives good detail about soft tissue. mri uses strong magnetic field whereas ct scan uses radiation exposure.Mri is more versatile in examining a large variety of condition.
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CT stands for computed tomography and visualised bony anatomy well. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and is better for viewing soft tissue.
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A CT scan are images of the skeletal structure and major organs where as an MRI is an image of the soft tissue.
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Ct is more better at looking at the bony anatomy of the body and mri is better at looking at soft tissue.
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CT takes images of bone and tissue whilst MRI takes images of both bone and soft tissue.
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CT is computed tomography and MRI is magnetic renosance imaging.
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CT use radiation and allows you to visualize boney matter better than MRI which uses radio-waves and allows you to visualize soft tissue.
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A CT machine uses X-rays to visualize internal anatomy of the patients while a MRI uses magnets and radio waves.
Question 13 of 28
How would you describe your overall academic performance?
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The Mohawk-Mcmaster program taught be a broard range of subjects through my courses in radiobiology, medical physics, anatomy, patient care, treatment planning, and skills. Classroom formats were very interactive which promoted a team atmosphere.
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I think that I already prepare for this career. I did learn the prerequisite before apply.I think with knowledge about science, I can study well.
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Yes I have been volunteering in a radiation oncology office weekly and I have also been taking science classes to help me have a better understanding of the human body and its background.
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Yes, I was trained through an excellent curriculum which provided a broad understanding of most cancers and their treatments, then my clinical work assisted in providing solid practice to utilize that theoretical work.
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I was very fortunate to be trained at the best facilities in my home town. It prepared me to be aware of what it is out there.
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I feel like I am a blank canvas. As a student you do a lot of watching along with hands on education on how to set a patient up. but every clinic or hospital has their own technique. I feel prepared but im more excited and eager to start my career.
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Yes I redo feel very weel prepared for this career.
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I learned a lot during my later high school years, especially in the Science area, doing Physics, Biology and Chemistry, all of which I found interesting and challenging in most cases. I think tha.
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I feel very prepared from a technical standpoint, I do realize there is a lot to learn that can only be attained though experience.
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Yes, I have had much education throughout my years and I feel ready to advance.
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Yes I feel I am well prepared for this career. I applied last year straight out of school but did not get accepted, so I took the pathway of doing health science to get in. I feel this course has helped me grow immensely in both knowledge of the body but also the clinical setting.
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While my academic career is more focused on kinesiology, I have several practicum experiences that have allowed me to be around different health care systems and seen different things. The fact that I have grown up around oncology and worked in an oncology office for the past several years has prepared me very well for this career because I am no stranger to the different parts of cancer treatment.
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I have a B.S degree in radiological sciences and actually did radiography for 6 years before learning about the online Washburn program. I feel after 11 years in this field that I am prepared for a lot and also ready to learn new things as I go.
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I have done 4 alevels and 1 as level, also studied at university with extensive hospital placement experience and I believe I am well prepared for this career.
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Yes, I have a major GPA of 3.8 and I have been preparing for this program all of my college years.
Question 14 of 28
When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
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About two years ago when I started researching fields in medical technolgy.
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About 2 years ago when I started research potential medical programs.
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I have always been interested in radiation therapy as a career, but my shadowing experience just gave me confirmation that this is the career for me.
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When I started working at the hospital im currently employed at. I was originally in college for medical technology, but when I realized how much I enjoyed being around the patients and helping them, I did further research on health care based careers. I found radiation therapy to be the best fit for me because cancer has touched my life in more ways then one and I thought working to treat it would be a great fit for me.
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After my foundation course and then I realise I wanted to do something useful.
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I realized it when I lost a loved who was very close to me to cancer and I wanted to be able to help people.
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I was looking online for a good career and the more I read about what you do and how much you help people, the more interested I was.
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When I lost my aunt to cancer.
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I ralized I wante t be a radiation therapist when my mother was affecetd by cancer and I felt helpless.
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When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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I spent a lot of time considering professions in the medical field. I researched and found this field. My family has lost many to cancer and I wanted to help others.
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I had a bad situation as a patient once. The tech treated me like an object instead of a person. I knew at that exact moment I wanted to go into the medical field so I could make sure that there would be less people treated like I was. I want to always show the patient they are a person. I will always treat them with compassion and a smile.
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Lost a family member to cancer.
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Interest in health sciences.
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I still talk to them as a person who is healthy. Respect and look them in the eye. Make them feel comfortable. I feel that I don't need to remind them of the obvious.
Question 15 of 28
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
Question 16 of 28
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
Question 17 of 28
How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
Question 18 of 28
If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
Question 19 of 28
How do you stay organized?
Question 20 of 28
What do you think are the most important qualities of working as a radiation therapist?
Question 21 of 28
What would you do if the linear accelerator was not working correctly?
Question 22 of 28
Describe your relationship with the last physician you worked for.
Question 23 of 28
Tell me about your experience training others?
Question 24 of 28
Do you work well on your own?
Question 25 of 28
Tell me about your experience working with different machines.
Question 26 of 28
Have you ever dealt with a crisis on your shift? How did you react?
Question 27 of 28
How do you know if a patient is experiencing negative affects of radiation?
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The most important thing I can do is listen to the patient. As we build rapport, I am usually the first person they will tell about unusual symptoms. I will always check for weight loss, especially if they are wearing a mask as an immobilization device because it will fit differently. I will also check for skin changes and if the patient is not verbal, I will make sure to ask if they observe unusual effects at least once or twice a week.
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Ask them how they are doing / if they've noticed any changes. Assess the problem, source of problem, how many treatments they've had, timing and severity of problems.
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Checking in frequently is important and monitoring any obvious physical changes. Listening to the patient helps me to get a better understand of how they’re feeling if something is wrong if I can’t see it myself. Doing frequent tests will keep me updated if anything changes for the worse.
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I would look them over while I was setting them up. I would ask how they were feeling on a day to day basis while seeing them for treatments.
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I respect every person and I would not treat them any different.
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Ask patient at every treatment if he is feeling unwell. Observe if there are any unwanted side effects.
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Checking the skin for any damage caused by the radiation beam, asking the patient if they're having any side effects at home (ie nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).
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Checking in frequently is important and monitoring any obvious physical changes. Listening to the patient helps me to get a better understand of how they’re feeling if something is wrong if I can’t see it myself. Doing frequent tests will keep me updated if anything changes for the worse.
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I keep an eye on all patients because all people react differently to radiation. Burns need to be seriously observed because it can be extremely harmful. Creams can be given with in depth instructions and if it gets worse I need to alert the oncologist so he can take a look and decide if a break in treatment is necessary.
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Being observant and asking questions.
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I would watch for burns or other signs of illness.
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Through their demeanor. How they act every day for treatment. Listening for what they have to say. What they look like daily such as breathing, color and etc.
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I would observe a patient by checking surrounding areas of any redness of their skin, moist or dry desquamation, or any areas that looked unusual from when they first started their treatment.
Question 28 of 28
Tell me about your relationship with the last physician you worked for. Describe your relationship.

About Radiation Therapists

August 26th, 2017

Radiation therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in operating various types of radiation equipment that is used to treat cancer and other diseases. They are employed by hospitals, outpatient centers, and physician clinics. As part of their tasks, radiation therapists explain the procedure to patients, inspect, operate and maintain the equipment, monitor the patient for any adverse reaction and maintain detailed records of every procedure.
While a 12-month certificate program may qualify you to work as a radiation therapist, your job opportunities will be limited. Most employers will give preference to candidates who have completed a bachelor's or associate's degree in radiation therapy and who also have some work experience in the field. You can get the necessary experience by completing an internship under the supervision of an experienced radiation therapist. Most states also require radiation therapists to certified or licensed. Meticulous attention to detail, physical stamina, and strong interpersonal and technical skills are important qualities for this role.
Your interview questions will largely focus on your knowledge of the procedures as well as the safety measures involved in using radiation equipment. You must have thorough knowledge of these two areas for any employer to even consider hiring you. You must also convince them of your interest in working in this particular role and your passion for helping people who are ill. Practising how to answer some of the more commonly asked questions will help you be more prepared and more confident at your interview. You can find these questions listed at Mock Questions.

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