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The unsung role of the radiation therapist in product development

According to licensed radiation therapist (RTT) and Elekta Unity product manager Liz Knowles, radiation therapy technology will fail if vendors don’t do four key things: involve the user upfront in development, take the time to develop and iterate on solutions carefully, push for consensus-driven standardization and design the technology for the mainstream user – not…

Six future radiation therapists receive Elekta educational scholarships

Elekta selected six students to receive the company’s 2021-2022 Elekta Radiation Therapy Scholarship, a grant to help them pursue a career as a radiation therapist. The winners are Prince Asamoah, Anya Burke, Calista Johnson, Lydia LaCost, Keena St Louis, and Kelly Thai. Prince Asamoah – A goal to improve the lives of people with cancer…

Vigilance a key part of catching cancer early

When it comes to discovering lumps or bumps in or on one’s body, denial and wishful thinking that they’ll just go away is a poor strategy, according to Alex Hill, Healthcare Account Director for Elekta (Georgia, northern Florida) and testicular cancer survivor. “My advice to anyone who notices something like that is get it checked…

Embracing virtual working to help radiotherapy teams to continue vital care

New NHS figures have revealed the significant impact Covid-19 has had on cancer patients, with diagnostics and surgery being badly affected. A breakdown of the figures by Cancer Research show that 4.6 million fewer diagnostic tests were carried out during the pandemic than the previous year and the charity estimates 45,000 fewer patients began treatment…

How the “Maternal Wall” impacts STEM professionals

A confident, rising star in Elekta’s linac business, Sonal Bhadane still fretted about what would become of her career when in 2016 she became pregnant with her first child. “I was doing really well at my job, I was on the verge of promotion and everything in my career was on an upward trajectory,” says…

Growing green credentials for Earth Day

For more than half a decade, April 22 has been heralded as Earth Day. It was originally created to raise awareness of the environmental condition of the U.S. and bring the issues into the country’s national agenda. The day is now marked internationally, and this year’s theme is about restoring the earth. To mark the…

March into happiness

International Day of Happiness is marked on Saturday, March 20 and this year it couldn’t be more poignant. The day was originally decided by the UN General Assembly when 193 United Nations member states collectively called for happiness to be highlighted globally as a far more significant and important issue. To mark the occasion, Karin…

Tenacity and teamwork prevail in Sri Lanka

Despite Sri Lanka’s relatively moderate Covid-19 issues throughout 2020, the country’s government wasn’t taking any chances. In February 2020, the island nation ordered a halt to installation and/or commissioning activities for five Elekta linacs: two installations at National Hospital Kandy, and one installation at Apeksha Hospital Maharagama (NCIM), in addition to commissioning of NCIM’s two…