Radiation Therapy uses radiation to treat disease. Most patients receiving radiation therapy have been diagnosed with cancer—a disease that touches most families at some point in their lives.
Radiation therapists play a vital role in the treatment and, in the majority of cases, the curing of cancer. They work as part of a specialised team, under the supervision of a radiation oncologist.
Why study Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapists plan a patient’s radiation treatment using computer technology and clinical information, before carrying out the radiation therapy using state-of-the-art treatment machines.
Radiation Therapy teaches you:
- About human anatomy and the imaging process
- About cell cancer biology
- How to communicate with patients in a caring and professional manner
- How to plan and carry out treatment
More information about studying Radiation Therapy
Download the Radiation Therapy infosheet (PDF 110 KB) for more information about the following:
- Background required
- Careers in radiation therapy
- Course outline
Please contact the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University of Otago, Wellington, for further details: