Meet The Cancer Experts: Angela Cashell

Angela Cashell, Clinical Educator in the Radiation Medicine Program at The Princess Margaret
  Meet Angela Cashell. In her own words:

My name is Angela Cashell.

I'm the clinical educator in the Radiation Medicine Program.

I came to Canada a long time ago. I was recruited from the United Kingdom and I’ve been here ever since. It's a great place.

The technology is certainly very exciting. The things we can do today with radiation therapy that we couldn’t do five, 10, 15 years ago are amazing.

The Princess Margaret is one of the best cancer centres in the world. I have worked at others, so I have a little bit of a frame of reference there.

As a radiation therapist, it's ideal. There are so many things that you can get involved in. In terms of the care for patients, it's outstanding.

Of course, my favourite part of the job is the patients. I mean, it sounds a bit clichéd, but that's why I'm here. I love interacting with them and helping them along their journey and just making it as smooth as possible.

A pivotal moment for me was the patient that wouldn’t get off the treatment carriage every day unless I gave her a big hug.

And it became the big hugging exercise and we'd embrace and just stay there for a few minutes and the rest of the team would let us have the hugging time. 

It was lovely. I just enjoyed that moment. It was very important to me and that’s when I realized, yeah, this is what I want to do, this is why I did it and I'm here for life.