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Summer 2005 Vol. 49, Number 2

Radiation therapists: Treating cancer with technology

Would you like to fight cancer, save lives, and help people through difficult times? As a radiation therapist, you could make a career of it. Find out how in this article.

When a patient has cancer, a common form of treatment is radiation therapy, which helps to shrink tumors and save lives. Radiation therapists administer this treatment. They combine knowledge of medicine, physics, and medical machines with an ability to interact with and reassure patients.

In addition to providing a chance to help patients and apply scientific expertise, the occupation often offers above-average salaries, and it is expected to have faster-than-average job growth over the 2002-12 decade. 

Read on to learn more about radiation therapy and the radiation therapist occupation, including its work, earnings, training requirements, and expected job prospects.

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Last Updated: November 18, 2005