Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of treatment of deadly cancer diseases to control malignant cells. Cancers are caused by genetic abnormalities in the material of the transformed cells that may occur due to various reasons. The use of radiation therapy may be for curative or adjuvant cancer treatment as well as palliative treatment or as therapeutic treatment. Radiotherapy has several applications in non-malignant conditions as well. It is also common to combine radiation therapy with surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or some mixture of the three. As research develops, the treatments of cancer are becoming more specific for different varieties of cancer.
In view of the fact that there is a great need of expanding the radiation therapy facilities in the country to combat the cancer diseases, the Department of Applied Physics undertakes the initiative to introduce a degree program entitled “Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
(BSRT)” of 4-years duration (full-time).
The course structure for this program has been carefully designed with the objectives of producing appropriately trained graduates with sufficient command of the basic disciplines (radiation physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy, pathology, physiology, diagnostic imaging, clinical practices, etc) so as to be able to work safely and competently as practicing Radiotherapists.
The Radiotherapy & Oncology Unit of the Angau Memorial Hospital, Lae with modern machines required for cancer treatment being installed is in a position for making significant contribution to BSRT program by extending training facilities to produce professionally confident Radiation Therapists thereby ensuring long-term sustainability of radiation oncology services in Papua New Guinea.