​​​​​​​Authors and contributors from UHN and across Canada gathered at the RTi3 Conference Social
Authors and contributors from UHN and across Canada gathered at the RTi3 Conference Social "Inspire" event on February 14 at the University of Toronto Art Centre for the book’s official launch. (Photo: Sarah Khan)​

In a little over 18 months, with contributions from 60 radiation therapy experts and students from across the country, two radiation therapists at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre are at the forefront of a new publication – the first of its kind in Canada – Research for the Radiation Therapist: From Question to Culture.

Caitlin Gillan, radiation therapist and Nicole Harnett, Director of Radiation Skills Lab at the Princess Margaret, along with Lisa Di Prospero and Lori Holden from the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, co-edited the new book that's filling a major void in instructional literature for the 1,800 radiation therapists across Canada.

Caitlin Gillan and Nicole Harnett co-edited ‘Research for the Radiation Therapist
Caitlin Gillan and Nicole Harnett co-edited 'Research for the Radiation Therapist: From Question to Culture' with colleagues from the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The book is the first of its kind in Canada. (Photo: Caitlin Gillan)​

"What makes this book so unique is that there's nothing else like it," said Gillan. "Currently, students are using nursing and general allied health textbooks to learn about research – we felt it was important to offer a research approach from a radiation therapy perspective."

The book provides a context for radiation therapy research, and offers practical examples from the clinical and academic experiences of its contributors. The editors invited research and health professionals to write chapters on ethics, evidence-based practice, research culture, survey methodologies, and other topics.

Twenty radiation therapists, students and colleagues from the Princess Margaret's Radiation Medicine Program (RMP) contributed to the text – research projects and initiatives from RMP are highlighted throughout the book.


A special thank-you to all RMP contributors:

Susan Awrey; Floortje Brus; Angela Cashell; Pamela Catton; Kitty Chan; Colleen Dickie; Caitlin Gillan; Nicole Harnett; Jane Higgins; Sophie Huang; Michelle Lau; Grace Lee; Winnie Li; Cate Palmer; Tony Panzarella; Amy Parent; Kieng Tan; Mike Velec; Olive Wong.​

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