Radiotherapy

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    Radiation is energy that is carried by waves or a stream of particles that can alter the genetic code of a cell (a process called ionisation). Radiation Therapy attacks reproducing cancer cells, but it can also affect reproducing cells of normal tissues. The damage to normal cells is what causes side effects.

    Each time Radiation Therapy is given it involves a balance between destroying the cancer cells and sparing the normal cells. There is no perfectly safe dose of ionising radiation and all decisions involve a balance between risk and benefit. Radiation is usually more effective on cells that are very active or quickly dividing. It is less effective on cells that are in the resting phase or that are dividing slowly. Radiosensitivity is a term used to describe how vulnerable a cell is to radiation damage.

    The Radiation Therapy equipment used at the Riverina Cancer Care Centre is state of the art.The centre offers CT-Simulation, 3D Inverse Planning, coupled with a Linear Accelerator that is equipped with multi-leaf collimation and a virtual wedge, enables this facility to deliver the latest in treatment protocols including, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).

    The goals of Radiation Therapy can differ between patients depending on the nature and extent of their cancer. Radiotherapy has been shown to assist in:

    1. The treatment of cancer utilising Radiation Therapy alone. The reasons for this include:
      1. Curing the disease;
      2. Living longer; and
      3. Enjoying an improved quality of life.
    2. The treatment of cancer when used adjunct to surgery and/or Chemotherapy. This is to:
      1. Reduce the size of the cancer prior to surgery; and/or
      2. Optimise local control where there is a high likelihood of local relapse after surgery.
    3. The palliation of symptoms in patients with advanced incurable disease.
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    If you choose to proceed with Radiation Therapy, your Doctor will arrange an appointment for a planning session. Taking around half an hour, you will meet with a team of Radiation Therapists to outline a treatment schedule. Measurements of the tumour will be made and the best method of delivering the therapy decided upon. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions.

    As the number of days required for treatment varies from patient to patient, the planning session will also help determine the correct number of treatment sessions for you.

    Your daily treatment sessions will last approximately 10-15 minutes and the time of these sessions will generally remain constant through the treatment schedule. (If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend a treatment session, your Radiation Therapists will try to find you another time slot.)

    On your first day of treatment you will meet the Radiation Therapy Treatment Team which consists of Radiation Therapists and Nurses. Your Doctor will generally review your progress on a weekly basis.

    Remember the team is here to help you and requires your feedback to get the best results. If you have any concerns about your treatment, please notify a Radiation Therapist, who will organise for you to meet with your Doctor or the Nurse as soon as possible.

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“Excellence in Care”

The provision of excellent care to Riverina Cancer Care Centre (RCCC) patients is achieved by Centre staff and Volunteers’ participation in and observance of the Centre’s Quality system in the performance of their roles. Cooperation, collaboration, communication and mutual respect are critical to provision of excellent care.

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