Cancer Clinician jobs(Also known as Breast Cancer Clinician, Specialist Radiologist)
A breast radiologist is a qualified doctor specialising in evaluating and interpreting breast X-rays and other breast imaging techniques for benign and cancerous disease. Throughout the UK, women between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited to undergo a routine mammogram every three years. This breast screening aims to identify early signs of breast cancer and improve chances of a cure. A breast radiologist is responsible for examining X-rays for diseases or abnormalities. Where necessary, radiologists will perform ultrasounds, biopsies and liaise with other specialists to recommend treatments and monitor patient progress. Additional symptomatic work for patients suffering from breast lumps and/or pain requires the same process. It is a specialist position which requires a degree in medicine, an excellent scientific mind and strong people skills. According to statistics, 7 out of 1000 screenings identify breast cancer. Breast radiologists are expected to liaise closely with all their patients in a diligent, compassionate and sensitive manner. They must understand the needs of their patients and take responsibility for managing their progress. Breast radiologists play a vital role in cancer care, striving to accurately diagnose early cases of this disease, providing treatment to improve chances of recovery and reduce the chances of it spreading elsewhere.
SalaryThe basic salary for radiologists undertaking specialist training can be in the region of £29,000 to £44,000 per annum, depending on the role and location. Consultant radiologists can earn upwards of £70,000 whilst senior consultants can expect to earn in excess of £160,000. It is worth checking with your employer to see if you qualify for any additional banding supplements.
- To study complex mammograms and identify tumours or abnormalities.
- Perform ultrasounds of the breast.
- Use new technologies in breast cancer treatment.
- Undertake guided biopsies and cyst aspirations.
- Perform localisation wire techniques for impalpable small cancers to aid surgical removal.
- Liaise with other specialists, such as the breast surgeon, radiation therapists and breast pathologists regarding patient treatments.
- To deliver good and bad news to patients and their families in an empathetic and sensitive manner.
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
- Foundation Year 2 Programme (FY2): a compulsory two year training programme undertaken by doctors aiming to secure a specialist role. It takes place after medical school and before specialist training.
- Many employers welcome applicants with previous experience as a Senior House Officer, specialising in other areas.
- Applicants from ST 1, 2, 3 and CT 1, 2, 3 in acute care clinical specialties will also be considered.
- A Certificate of Completion of Training will be required for consultancy roles.
- Sound understanding of general medicine and surgery.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Good organisational and planning skills.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Confidence using existing technologies and readiness to learn about emerging equipment.
- Knowledge of health and safety requirements.
- Motivation and enthusiasm.
- Attention to detail.
- Manual dexterity and spatial awareness skills.
- Problem solving and decision making skills.
- Ability to work well within a team.
- Ability to impart medical information with patients in a sensitive and coherent manner.
- Good management skills.
- Dedication to patient care.
- Professional integrity.
- Commitment to ongoing learning and personal development.
- Ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues and patients.