Shrawan Kumar Thakur was born in mahogany, Nepal, in 1983. He received the bachelor in medical radio and imaging technology (B.M.R.I.T) from the H.N.B University, Garhwal, India in 2009 and the M.A. in rural development from the T.U Nepal, in2013. Currently pursuing the LLB form the T.U. Nepal.
He joined the department of radiotherapy in B.P.koirala memorial cancer hospital as a radiotherapy technician in 2009. He promoted to senior radiotherapy technician. His interest includes the involvement and participation in the scientific meeting, helping, supporting, caring and friendly with the patient. He is a life member of Nepal association or radiotherapy technologist (NART) and has permanent registration from the health professional council of Nepal. He participated in the 2-month training in the radiotherapy department in Tata memorial cancer hospital, Mumbai, India. He participated in many conferences and CME. He presented a paper in the 2nd international conference on medical physics in radiation oncology and imaging in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Cancer incidence is increasing and becoming a leading cause of death ( a the deadly disease) worldwide. Death cancer continues to increase globally, particularly in low and middle income countries. Some growing causative agent of cancer helps in increasing the cancer incidence. It is a huge battle in front of the world to fight and save the people from the cancer. In the developing countries the burden of cancer is very high and shortages of the radiotherapy services like equipment, medical oncologist, radiation physicist and radiation therapist put the population under severe threat.
Advances in technology that provide more sophisticated, promising, precise and accuracy for targeting malignancies requires extensive training, continuing education and attention, devoted for the radiation therapists who deliver the radiation and should be up-to-date on the depth of increasingly complex technology. Delivery of radiation under this newer technology changes from traditional to modern to advance to complex. Radiation therapists always have had to review all approved treatment plans, instructions, prescriptions and images to ensure that the information is consistent and valid before delivering any treatment. Therapists monitor the patient and treatment conditions for inconsistencies or irregularities and notify oncologist and physicists if any problems arise; they also stop treatments when problems occur.
The lack of National and international support put the therapist far from the extra educational opportunities and training. Still with the limited opportunities and resources the therapist able to handle with care, control, quality, roles and responsibilities, risk free, safety, reporting any rare error, reviewing and challenges in the treatment. In the recent years the therapeutic imaging and radiological imaging is the top development that changed the face of radiotherapy treatment enabling more targeted disease detection, treatment, diagnosis and eliminating the need for invasive and exploratory surgeries. With advanced evolution in the radiologic imaging the therapist should have trained and have tuning with the radiological imaging and oncological imaging to identify and reduce any artifacts during the overlapping of imaging and error tracking or geometric verification. Patient positioning, immobilization, verification of images and delivery of radiation is the main concern for the raditiotherapist.
The radiation therapist is the ultimate gatekeeper in the delivery of curative or palliative doses of radiation. As such, all members of the treatment team must recognize the therapist’s critical role in safeguarding the patient.