Welcome to Radiation Therapy
Thank you for your interest in the Radiation Therapy program at Georgia Regents University.
Our program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
What is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy uses high-energy ionizing radiation to deliver a prescribed course
of radiation to treat cancer and some benign diseases. Its goal is to kill cancer
cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue. The radiation therapist monitors
the patient's clinical progress and emotional support during treatment, provides education
about treatment and procedures, and is responsible for accurately interpreting, verifying,
administering, and recording the treatment prescribed by a radiation oncologist. As
a member of the health care team, radiation therapists refer patients to physicians,
nurses, or social service professionals when necessary.
Career opportunities for radiation therapists are excellent, with jobs available in all parts of the country. Radiation therapists can be employed by hospitals, universities, clinics, or vendors who market radiation oncology equipment. Some radiation therapists work in independent or contract temporary positions and travel to facilities throughout the nation.
As the U.S. population grows and an increasing share of it is in older age groups, the number of people needing treatment is expected to increase and spur demand for radiation therapists.