Some people choose careers centered around something specific, something that they are passionate about, and something they want to see improved or changed in the future. A career that is centered in the idea of curing cancer is one of those options. How exactly does one get into those jobs? We have narrowed down the areas of work that will contribute to the fight against cancer and give you a competitive and lucrative career.
Research & Development
The top career in the cancer fight is, of course, doing research & development. Working closely with teams in finding new cancer-fighting drugs and understanding the ever changing face of cancer is crucial in the battle. Often you need to work closely with a biological storage facility, such as those described at pbmmi.com, since storage facilities for lab animals, pharmaceuticals, and tissue samples aren’t easy to come by. Additionally, if you ever have to move your lab, the biological storage facility should be able to help you with transporting your items to a new lab. You will need a medical degree and Ph.D. or Masters in biotechnology to land such a lucrative career.
Entering the world of Oncology is a noble position as it puts you on the front line in the battle against cancer. Working with patients who are already suffering gives you the opportunity to try all of the resources available to you to help the patient. In return, you can give feedback to researchers on what works and does not work on your patients. While some things work in a clinical trial, the real world application can often produce new situations and new results with treatments. This is often how we discover the mutations with some cancers and how they become immune to some treatments. Saving lives and offering real world experience are fantastic ways to battle cancer.
If you want to get up close and personal with cancer, a career as a dosimetrist is as close and personal you get. The dosimetrist measures the appropriate dose of radiation and administers the dosage to cancer patients. You work closely with the Oncologist but on a more specific level. Targeting the specific type of tumor with a specific dosage means you have to understand the tumor and how radiation works. Understand all of the ins and outs of patient reactions and how to deal with those. Educate your patient about the dosage and what they may experience.
Work with American Cancer Society
If you want a less direct approach, and possibly avoid working in medicine, you can work with the American Cancer Society. They are looking for compassionate people to run local chapters, help manage the free housing for cancer patients. This is a more indirect way to fight cancer but it’s very effective. Patients need caring folks who want to educate the world and help them feel comfortable. If anyone passes, you can at least make their time more memorable by adding to the quality of life while battling their illness.
There are so many ways to fight cancer, both directly and indirectly. There is room for so many more people to step into a variety of roles that there is a place for you. Be clear on what it is you want to do and accomplish with your time and then work your way toward that. Alfred Knudson Jr did that and if you follow in his footsteps, you can’t go wrong.