Radiation therapy is the use of radiation to treat and manage cancer. We use the latest treatment techniques and the most up-to-date equipment that allows for unprecedented accuracy and offers you the best possible outcome.
Our commitment to caring for our community means our treatment techniques are available to all patients and tumour groups, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) and RespiratoryMotion Management.
Radiation therapy treats cancer by damaging cancer cells while limiting the impact to healthy cells. It works because cancer cells are more sensitive to radiation than healthy, normal cells.
When a small dose of radiation is given each day over several weeks, normal cells can recover from the radiation, but cancer cells cannot. It is typically a painless treatment, similar to having an x-ray, and is only delivered to the part of the body being treated.
Each time radiation therapy is given it involves a balance between destroying the cancer cells and sparing the normal cells. There is no perfect dose. Innovative technology allows individualised targeting of the cancer and avoidance of healthy tissue. NBCC delivers the latest in treatment protocols to maximise positive patient outcomes.
These are predictable and the team will prepare and help minimise these for you. Our onsite nursing team are available to support you through any side effects that you may experience. It is important to remember that most side effects will resolve once treatment is completed. Side effects will discussed in details with your doctor in your treatment planning appointments.
Treatment is typically delivered one a day, Monday to Friday, over several weeks. The amount of radiation therapy treatments that are prescribed to you may depend on:
During treatment equipment may be used to ensure you are comfortable and remain still to ensure precision and accuracy during treatment delivery.
Receiving radiation treatment does not make you radioactive, which allows you to continue to participate in your life activities and be around your support network of friends and family.
We are here to answer your questions, and to help you feel prepared for your treatment.