Challenges faced by the radiation therapists
The field of radiation therapy is faced with so many challenges .most of these challenges are concerned with the profession itself while the others are patient perception issues and the general over view of the population on the role of radiation therapists. Since the beginning of the practice of radiation therapy, the profession has witnessed challenges including;
Lack of proper recognition as a field of medicine-the practice of radiation therapy has been one of the most unrecognized globally. In most countries, radiation therapists are regarded as mere health practitioners and in some instances, they are not even given a name. It is only in the United States of America that radiation therapists have been given the relevant recognition need of the profession. In this regard some countries have not laid the required emphasis on the training of the radiation in their education curriculums due to even lack of proper policy guidelines.
Lack of proper government funding-radiation therapy involves the use of high tech equipments which should be made available in the hospitals to facilitate smooth treatments. Most governments globally have concentrated funds on provision of light medical equipments some of which cannot be able to perform mere diagnostics. In this regard, the field of therapeutics is always left to fend for itself. This is even made worse in the developing world where most patients seek treatments abroad due to lack of specialized equipments in the origin country.
Ethical issues-radiation therapy is an intrusive procedure and mostly involves a lot of contact with the patient. In some instances, patients get attached to the therapist to an extent of making it a permanent bond. Emotional attachments are not good for the therapists. Some therapists have also gone to an extent of developing love relationships with the patients.
Exposure to toxic radiations-it is the patient on therapy not the therapist but in some cases, the therapists get to be exposed to the deadly radiation which eventually may lead to the death of the therapists. Due to the nature of the therapy, the doctor is usually at high risk to develop other underlying effects from prolonged exposure to radiation.