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therapists work in hospitals or in cancer treatment centers. These
places are clean, well lighted, and well ventilated. Therapists do a
considerable amount of lifting and must be able to help disabled
patients get on and off treatment tables. They spend most of their time
on their feet.
generally work 40 hours a week, and unlike those in other health care
occupations, they normally work only during the day. However, because
radiation therapy emergencies do occur, some therapists are required to
be on call and may have to work outside of their normal hours.
Working with cancer
patients can be stressful, but many radiation therapists also find it
rewarding. Because they work around radioactive materials, radiation
therapists take great care to ensure that they are not exposed to
dangerous levels of radiation. Following standard safety procedures can
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.