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Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

HAN 486 Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy (3 credits): Introduces practice and technical aspects of radiation therapy, including techniques specific to anatomical sites and treatment outcome statistics and options available to cancer patients.  Includes cancer statistics; epidemiology; etiology; patient education and assessment; a review of the emotional and physical needs of cancer patients; and pharmacology and drug administration.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.

HAN 401 Radiobiology and Health Physics (3 credits): Presents an overview of the biological effects of radiation by examining the interaction of radiation with matter, macromolecules, cells, tissue and the whole body.  Studies the clinical impact of responses to radiation.  Introduces students to radiation safety through topics such as biologic consequences of irradiation, regulatory limitation of exposure, methods for exposure minimization, and radiation monitoring.   Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.  Prerequisite:  HAN 395.

HAN 402 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology (3 credits): Provides basic radiographic anatomy from both the projection and cross sectional point of view.  Introduces to basic disease processes, including the nature and causes of disease and injury.  Examines these processes on medical images acquired through radiography, computed tomography, angiography, magnetic resonance, scintigraphy, emission computed tomography and ultrasonography.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.  Prerequisite:  HAN 395.

HAN 492 Radiation Oncology/Medical Physics II (4 credits): This course provides the basis for further study of the applications of radiation oncology physics to radiation treatment planning and radiation dose calculations.  Covers topics such as radiation dose distribution, patient dose calculations, treatment planning, electron beam therapy, brachytherapy, modern treatment delivery, and radiation protection.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science program. Prerequisite:  HAN 395.

HAN 482 Introduction to Pathology (3 credits): Pathology is the branch of medicine devoted to the study and understanding of disease. This course will introduce the student to the concept of disease. The types of growth, causative factors, and biological behavior of neoplastic diseases are discussed. Staging procedures are introduced.  The histopathology of specific tumor sites will be studied. The basic information required for the student therapist to discuss and understand the medical implications of chemotherapeutic agents and radiation therapy for localized and regional tumors sites will be discussed.