Where are they now: Update from Radiation Therapy Technology alum Shannon Brown ’21

By Assistant Clinical Professor Alisa KagenShannon Brown

When recent WSU Applebaum graduate Shannon Brown ’21 was nearing the end of high school, she identified Wayne State University as her school of choice and left her hometown state of Oklahoma to pursue a career path in Radiation Therapy Technology

Shannon was very fortunate to find a premium opportunity after graduation back in her home state. In her new position with Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, Shannon said, “I work alongside some amazing therapists while treating some of the sweetest patients. It's a smaller center, which allows me to get to know my patients and have a better relationship and understanding of what they're going through. I couldn't have asked for a better career or place to work.”

We are so happy that Shannon decided on WSU for her bachelor’s and wish her much success with her next goal, a master’s in dosimetry, which is a 12-month program consisting of didactic and clinical studies. A medical dosimetrist works closely with radiation oncologists to develop individual treatment plans for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

“I am extremely thankful for the program at Wayne State and my professors for teaching me everything I know,” Shannon said. “I couldn’t have done this without them.”

Thank you, Shannon, and best of luck!

About radiation therapy technology

Radiation therapists have a unique opportunity to blend the knowledge and skills of mathematics, science and psychology in their daily work. Radiation therapists operate sophisticated radiation equipment to treat malignant tissue, assist in designing cancer treatment through the use of 3D computer-generated calculations, recognize when a patient is having additional medical problems that require a doctor's attention and provide psychological support for patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness.

The bachelor of science in radiation therapy technology is offered through Wayne State’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The application deadline is Nov. 30. Learn more about the admissions process on the RTT website

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