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Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncologists provide medical care and management of patients with cancer and other medical conditions through the conduct and supervision of radiation treatment, and provide advice on the provision of palliative and other supportive care of patients with cancer.

Overview

Radiation Oncologists provide medical care and management of patients with cancer and other medical conditions through the conduct and supervision of radiation treatment, and provide advice on the provision of palliative and other supportive care of patients with cancer.

Day-to-day

  • examines internal structures and functions of organ systems, and considers x-ray findings and other examinations and tests
  • makes diagnoses and advises patients, physicians, surgeons or other doctors
  • administers radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas, to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscope screens
  • conducts ultrasound, gamma camera, radioisotope scans and CT scanning.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become a Radiation Oncologist

  • You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to specialise as a Radiation Oncologist.

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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