The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency has an agreement with the Michener Institute and the University of Toronto Joint Diploma/Degree in Medical Radiation Sciences Program in Radiation Therapy to nominate and sponsor selected Saskatchewan students. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will be the clinical site for successful applicants.
Minimum requirements to be accepted into this 3-year bachelorette program are:
• 30 credits of undergraduate university classes with a minimum 3.0 GPA
• 3 credits in each of the following subjects: human biology, calculus based mathematics, physics and social science
• meeting the University of Toronto English language assessment requirements for individuals for whom English is an additional language
Interested individuals are invited to submit an application to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency for sponsorship in this program from November 3 – December 15, 2017.
Radiation therapists are involved in all aspects of treatment planning, delivery and care of cancer patients. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency invites you to consider this exciting and rewarding field.
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy is the treatment of cancer using radiation with a goal to either cure the patient or manage symptoms. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to damage cancer cells, stopping them from growing and dividing. External radiation uses focused beams of radiation to destroy tumours while minimizing harm to healthy tissues. Individuals may also have internal radiation therapy where radioactive material is implanted directly into or very near a tumour inside the patient.
Who administers radiation therapy?
Radiation therapists are an important member of the healthcare team in treating cancer. They plan, deliver and provide care and education to people receiving radiation therapy.
What duties does a radiation therapist perform?
As members of a team of skilled professional healthcare providers, radiation therapists:
- assist radiation oncologists in the planning and delivery of treatment
- explain procedures and answer patients’ concerns and questions
- position the patient and equipment correctly
- ensure that proper radiation handling and protection techniques are followed
- administer radiation treatments, which include monitoring patients during procedures and providing advice on minimizing radiation reactions
- provide emotional support and patient education
- maintain patient records
Who should consider a career radiation therapy?
If you have a good background in the sciences, strong technical skills and the ability to work with care and precision, you should consider radiation therapy as a career. Patience, understanding and tolerance, as well as strong interpersonal and teamwork skills are important qualities to have.
Where can I find more information?
Program options with clinical experience in Saskatchewan are available for fall of 2018. For more information please contact the Radiation Therapy Clinical Educator: