As in other departments, within the Radiation Oncology department at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse we take a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, bringing together a wide range of skilled doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. For our patients, this means access to the very best of treatments and experts available, as well as comprehensive information and support, all delivered within the one integrated cancer care plan.
Radiation therapy is an effective and important part of management for a range of cancers. The prospect of radiation therapy can be a mysterious and even frightening thought for many individuals. This website has been designed to relieve some of your anxiety by helping you understand more about radiation therapy and walk you through the practicalities of undergoing radiation therapy.
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Radiation Oncology Department is at the forefront of cancer care and research in Australia.
We are based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital campus on Missenden Road Camperdown. As an integral part of the world-class not-for-profit integrated cancer treatment centre the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, our vision and mission is to deliver to our patients and those who care for them innovative, effective and compassionate cancer care and support, according to the best research evidence. This is achieved through the development of a coordinated, multidisciplinary team of highly talented and motivated people working in clinical care, research, education and psycho-oncology.
The Radiation Oncology Department plays an important role as part of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. We are well equipped with a wide range of Radiation Therapy services, up to date technology and have a dedicated and experienced team who work to provide the best care for all patients.
Your radiation therapy treatment relies upon a large number of highly skilled professionals, working together to provide you with the best care and support.
During your time at the Department of Radiation Oncology, you will most likely come across some if not all of the members of our team at different stages of your radiation therapy treatment. Read more >
Radiation therapy is the use of high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. Modern radiation therapy techniques focus on accurately and precisely targeting the cancer whilst sparing the normal body organs around the cancer as much as possible.
Find out more about the treatment stages at the links below:
Medicare eligible patients have no out of pocket costs for radiation oncology consultations and treatment.
Patients can access free car parking and disability parking, at the front of the radiation oncology centre, when they attend the centre for planning and treatment.
If you are an international patient or a Medicare Ineligible patient working or studying in Australia or you wish to travel to Australia and you require radiation oncology or radiation therapy treatment, we can help by liaising with your health insurer.
Our team has extensive experience working with insurers. We will contact them to determine your level of cover and liaise with Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital medical staff for the necessary insurance documentation.
If a guarantee of payment is received from your insurer prior to treatment, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital will invoice them directly, otherwise you are required to pay before commencing treatment.
Radiation oncology patients are assured of high quality and timely treatment.
International patients can call us on 02 8514 0023.
Our Radiation Oncology Department offers a range of modern radiotherapy techniques. These include various forms of External Beam Radiotherapy such as Intensity Modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), RapidArc, Stereotactic Body radiation therapy (SBRT), Intra-cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) / Radiotherapy (SRT) and Total Body Irradiation (TBI) as well as internally delivered Radiotherapy known as Brachytherapy. We also have specialised equipment to deliver Superficial radiation therapy which is often used to treat skin tumours.
External Beam Radiation Therapy:
This is the most common form of radiation therapy. The types of machines used in delivering External Beam Radiation Therapy are called Linear Accelerators. They are very accurate and precise machines that produce the radiation beam. Currently, our department consists of five linear accelerators equipped with the latest technology allowing us to deliver your radiation therapy treatment to different parts of your body.
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Radiation Oncology Department is dedicated to the education and training of students and staff working within the department. For many health professions, clinical placements and continuing professional development are mandatory. Training periods for students assist them in demonstrating their knowledge acquired from university and help them to gain practical skills required to become accredited member of their respective profession.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is actively involved in the training of radiation therapy, physics, nursing and medical students. Students are always encouraged to actively participate in daily work practices, ask questions and to interact with patients. All students that train in this department are always working under constant supervision.
During the course of your treatment, it is highly likely you will encounter university students participating in clinical placement. This learning period is very important to the development of clinical skills and reinforcement of university studies for these individuals. If you do not feel comfortable with having a student observe, please let the staff know.
The department also employs Radiation Therapists completing their Supervised Practice Program (SPP). The SPP program is undertaken after university study is completed, where the professional is qualified to work, but is under a thorough training programme and provided extra guidance.
The department is also involved in the training of Radiation Oncology Registrars, under the guidance of staff specialists. Registrars actively participate in cancer management and weekly patient review clinics.
The department is also involved in the training of medical physics trainees, under the guidance of Medical Physics staff. Medical physics trainees actively participate in quality assurance procedures.
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Radiation Oncology Department is actively involved in cancer research. Research helps in the development and application of new techniques and/or technology. It also is used to analyse the effectiveness of current protocols and techniques.
If you wish to join any of these clinical trials, this can be discussed at your initial consultation with your radiation oncologist. You may be asked to participate in research or a clinical trial. Read more >
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is located on Missenden Road, Camperdown. The Department of Radiation Oncology is located on Salisbury Road, Camperdown, which is situated behind the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse main building on Missenden Road. Please refer to the below.
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