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    Radiation Therapy is a word many people with cancer hear on a weekly basis (need better introduction sentence). Radiation Therapy is used as a cancer treatment for more than half of the people diagnosed with cancer (1). Radiation therapy is used to destroy cancer cells but it can also damage healthy cells and tissues which causes side effects. We often hear how effective radiation therapy is as a treatment for many types of cancer but we usually do not hear about the side effects many patients…

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    Radiation therapy is gratifying throughout many aspects; there is a great deal to love and appreciate. Above all, I appreciate the relationship between the radiation therapists and the patients. Radiation therapists are a substantial part of a patient’s everyday life. Lengthy treatments allow radiation therapists to build an extensive rapport with patients. Therapists become a confidant; a trusted individual in which they speak to everyday. The therapists learn about the patients’ families,…

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    Radiation therapy has a big effect on women as they are trying to fight cancer. This therapy my leaves these women fatigue. The fact is that 1 in 8 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of the 84 percent of women that are diagnosed (Reis, D., Walsh, M. E., Young-McCaughan, S., & Jones, T. (2013). Effects of Nia exercise in women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer.), say that they are fatigued after radiation therapy. These women have not found a way to adapt to their new life…

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    be a statistic. Growing up not seeing many successful people, I knew I didn't want that for myself. Educationally, I aspire to get my masters in Health Management. Hopefully, so I can become a manager over the radiation therapy department. I am currently pursuing my degree in radiation therapy. My career goals…

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    of treatment is radiation therapy. But, radiation can cause and destroy cancer. Doctors administer radiation in several different ways. Sometimes, they inject it into the bloodstream, where it circulates throughout the body, finding the cancer and destroying it. In other cases, they implant radioactive capsules directly into the tumor. The most common form of radiation therapy is machine radiation, which focuses a small beam of radiation directly at the tumor. Radiation therapy side effects…

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    Radiation Therapy What is Radiation Therapy? Radiation therapy is one of the most common, innovative and successful forms of cancer treatments of the modern world. It can successfully treat and cure approximately 50 unique forms of cancer1, utilizing alpha, beta and gamma radiation to destroy or damage cancer cells2. This helps prevent the rapid multiplication of the destructive cells, with minimal impact upon the somatic cells surrounding the cancerous area, and treats both primary, and…

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    and/or both radiation therapy. Chemo is a well-known therapy that uses strong chemical substances to kill fast growing cancer cells in one’s body. Radiation therapy is a dangerous treatment that uses high energy particles or waves to kill cancer cells. These are not the safest treatments to choose. As these treatments get rid of the cancer cells they also get rid of the healthy cells. Also many of the “short term” side effects become long-term side effects and can lead to death. Radiation and…

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    Usually, when children have malignant brain tumors, they will need radiation therapy to try to stop the malignant cells from spreading. Doctors try their hardest to postpone radiational therapy in children as it may generate long-term brain effects. When radiation therapy is used, the radiational energy transmitted to the tumor area can affect abnormal tissue as well as normal tissue, which can induce problems. The more tissue area that the doctors choose to radiate, the higher the chance…

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    I. Intraoperative Radiation therapy: Also known as IORT II. Problem: Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women. It is when there is a lump in the breast that contains cancer cells. Some lumps do not contain cancer cells though. The doctor will have to diagnose someone with breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the top ten leading causes of death in females. Even males can get breast cancer. At least 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In 2011 40,000…

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    I was first introduced to radiation therapy by going to my mother’s cancer treatments. Her therapist was one of the most empathetic and compassionate people she received care from. The therapist telling me about her job and seeing it help my mom was the spark that ignited my passion to become a radiation therapist. Since my initial introduction to radiation therapy I have researched the profession, schools and been on several job shadows. I was an observer at several healthcare facilities…

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