Welcome to the Wonderful World of Radiation Therapy!
About Radiation Therapy
•Radiation therapy is a treatment modality used to treat different types of cancer.
•Radiation therapy is the medical use of ionizing radiation (high intensity x-rays) as part of cancer treatment to control malignant aka “cancer” cells.
•Not to be confused with radiology, which is the use of radiation in medical imaging and diagnosis (people who take x-rays).
•Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA of cells.
•Radiation therapy is a local treatment that can be used alone or with other treatment modalities such as surgery or chemotherapy.
•Benefits of radiation therapy include preservation of function and better cosmetic results.
- An example would be an early stage laryngeal tumor that can be taken off by surgery but would require the vocal cords to be taken out too. Radiation therapy treats the tumor while preserving the patient’s voice.
The Picture above demonstrates how a linear accelerator rotates around the patient making the treatment easier and less time consuming.
So, how does one get into the Radiation Therapy program?
•First you need to apply to Armstrong by going to their website @ www.aasu.edu
• Once you have taken the required core courses needed, you must submit a formal application to the radiologic sciences department by November 1st (deadline).
• Word of advice- start taking the related core classes needed for radiation therapy, so you don’t waste time taking classes you don’t need. Example of classes needed will be handed out.
Radiation Therapy Requirements
•Applications will be accepted on a “competitive” basis and written notification of acceptance will begin March 1st.
•GPA, number of science courses completed, overall completed course work, and an interview (if needed) .
-A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for all college work. (Applicants with less than 2.5 are encouraged to apply and may be considered under special circumstances.)
- Only 15 students get accepted each year so keep those grades up while you are in college, and it will pay off in the long run.