Radiotherapy Service Opens Doors

BUDDING young radiographers, scientists and engineers are being given the chance to find out more about the professions by visiting the Western General Hospital.

The Radiotherapy department will open its doors on November 19 to give patients, locals, students and other health professionals the chance to find out more about the specialty.

The Open Day is being held as part of the national year of radiotherapy 2011 and comes just after World Radiography Day, which marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays on 8th November 1895 and of the first picture taken two weeks later.

The event has been designed to give young people thinking about a career in radiotherapy the opportunity to see how radiographers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team works and the crucial role they play in cancer care.

Many people are unaware that around 40 per cent of all cancers are cured by radiotherapy treatment, rather than chemotherapy.

Marie McCabe, Consultant Therapy Radiographer, said: “Chemotherapy often has a higher profile than radiotherapy and many people don’t realise that around 40 per cent of all cancers are cured through radiotherapy.

“The open day will give people the chance to come along and see what we do at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, particularly for young people or students who might be interested in a career in radiography.”

The speciality is constantly evolving and recent and ongoing advances in technology have led to the development of new advanced techniques.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell MP and local MSP  Marco Dibagio are among those going along to find out more about the department at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

The open day is being held on Saturday 19 November, 11am-3pm at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre in the Western General Hospital.