The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency has an agreement with the Michener Institute and the University of Toronto to nominate and sponsor selected Saskatchewan students for the Medical Radiation Sciences Program.
Minimum requirements to be accepted into this 3-year bachelor program are:
• 30 credits of undergraduate university classes with a minimum 2.7 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
Details about the program are available on the Michener Institute website http://michener.ca/program/radiation-therapy-university-toronto/
Applications for 2020 will open in fall 2019.
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?
For more information about the program or questions about the application form contact us at: