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Learning experience transforms interns into employees

In preparation to enter the workforce, many undergraduates and post-graduates serve internships at companies to gain experience in their chosen field of study. Here, Elekta’s Ginevra Ciavardini, Tracy Lin, Tawanda Masango and Victoria Trieu speak to their individual journeys as young professionals at Elekta. Ginevra willing to go the extra mile Business Administration and Communication…

The spectacular evolution of radiation therapy

In the period since they began their radiation therapy technologist training in the mid- to late 1990s to today, four former radiation therapists (RTTs) are astonished by how much has changed – from beam shaping and imaging to simulation and planning. In this article, the RTTs, now Elekta employees, reflect on how things used to…

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…