A radiation oncologist is a specialist doctor who uses radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer patients. Radiation oncologists work in teams with other doctors to create and deliver radiation therapy programs.
Radiation oncology is an intellectually challenging and exciting career at the cutting edge of patient care, technology and research.
It gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients while working with a fascinating, technologically advanced, constantly evolving form of treatment.
Radiation oncologists will generally have:
To become a radiation oncologist, you must complete the training program administered by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). The program runs for a minimum of five years and gives you broad experience across the full variety of skills that radiation oncologists need to be familiar with.
To be accepted in the RANZCR training program, you must:
As well as meeting the prerequisites, you must also be able to demonstrate:
Other desirable qualities are:
Radiation oncology offers a range of opportunities in the public and private sectors as well as in the academic sphere.
Take a look at the videos and websites listed below to find out more about the radiation oncology profession.
A Career in Radiation Oncology
The Radiation Oncologist
The Radiation Therapist
The Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist
Targeting Cancer - Consumer Campaign
See also: Applying to Applying to Radiation Oncology Training Programs