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Double-digit demand forecast for radiation therapy jobs

Lindsey Miller, of ProCure Proton Therapy Center, discusses job demand in the specialized field of radiation therapy technology.
by Paula Burkes Modified: July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: July 16, 2014
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Q&A with Lindsey Miller

Huge growth rate expected

in field of radiation therapy

Q: What led you to choose a career in radiation therapy?

A: I’ve always enjoyed science, especially physics and biology. I thought I wanted to enter into a career in cancer research initially, but I soon realized my passion was serving on the front lines. During radiation therapy school, my uncle was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer and my grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was able to be extremely involved in their care, and I learned a great deal from both their journeys and the people who helped care for them. Since then, my passion for radiation therapy lead me to ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City.

Q: What exactly does a radiation therapist do?

A: As a radiation therapy technologist (RTT), it’s my duty to deliver radiation treatments to my patients with the utmost accuracy, compassion and respect. I see the patient every day of their treatment, which can be anywhere from five days to 44 days. RTTs follow the physician’s prescription for how they want the patient positioned for treatment and then we deliver the proton beam treatment. In addition to monitoring the patient’s clinical progress, it is important for me to monitor their emotional needs. I am the line of communication between the patient and the physician, so if I identify any concerns, I inform the physician and help make that connection for the patient.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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