Medical Assistant Students Tour Local Radiation and Oncology Center

Pink ribbons, pink shirts, pink hair, even NFL players in pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which means you have probably noticed a lot of people wearing pink to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. Whether this person is a family member, a friend, or a friend’s family member, we know someone. But how many of us know what they go through during treatment, what the different treatment options are, maturvillebay2why some are used versus others, and how these treatments work? Recently medical assistant students in the Patient Care 1 class at Globe University-Madison East took a field trip to the Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center to learn more about the answers to these questions.

The medical assistant students sat through a presentation about cancer which explained the risk factors, warning signs, and treatment methods. Specifically, they learned quite a bit about radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging the cancer cells.

“It was interesting seeing how they treat cancer and all the different things they use to

Ruth, a radiation therapist, holds a thermoplastic mask used to hold a patient's head in place during radiation.

Ruth, a radiation therapist, holds a thermoplastic mask which is used to hold a patient’s head in place during radiation.

position patients so the radiation hits the same spot each time,” said medical assistant student Nicole Schiesl.

The presentation covered the different positions on a radiation team and how they each work together to ensure the patient is cared for correctly.

After learning about radiation therapy, the students toured the facility and then learned more about MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) suites and the importance of safety.

Medical assistant student, Jackie Davenport said, “It was very informative and a great learning experience. It gave everyone a sense of what a cancer patient goes through which will be important when entering the medical field.”

“The field trip to Turville Bay was an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about the different medical specialties,” said medical assistant program chair Deanna Rego. “As a medical assistant, you need a well-rounded understanding of the various specialties in order to provide your patient with the best patient care.”