Therapeutic radiographer

Therapeutic radiographers use the latest technology to treat conditions including tumours and cancer.

This page has information on the role of a therapeutic radiographer and links for further information. 

Working life

Therapeutic radiographers use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions - mainly cancer and tumours. You will work to high levels of accuracy to help ensure the patient's tumour or cancer receives exactly the right dose of radiation, at the same time as ensuring the surrounding normal tissues receive the lowest possible dose.

"Every day I have the opportunity to make a difference to those affected by cancer. Their thank you letters are always lovely to read." Sairanne Wickers, consultant breast radiographer

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"I’ve already secured my job at Royal Stoke University Hospital for when I graduate so that’s where I will kick start my career!" Lily, a therapeutic radiography student

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Radiotherapy can also be used to treat non-cancerous tumours and other conditions, such as thyroid disease and some blood disorders.

You may be involved in the care of the cancer patient from the initial referral clinic, where they give pre-treatment information, through the planning process, treatment and eventually post-treatment review (follow-up).

You'll work closely with doctorsnursesmedical physicists and engineers  in an oncology team. You may supervise the work of radiography assistants 

You're likely to work in hospitals, mainly within the NHS. You could also work in private clinics and hospitals.

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