Demystifying radiation therapy | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

National Radiographers and Radiation Therapists’ Week, 2-8 November, celebrated the vital role that Radiographers and Radiation Therapists play in health care. We want everyone to know about the life-changing work delivered on a daily basis by Radiation Therapists at RadOnc here at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. We celebrated NRRTW with a display in our foyer from our Rad Onc department

The prospect of radiation therapy can be a mysterious and even frightening for some people. It’s the use of high energy X-rays to kill cancer cells, focusing on accurately and precisely targeting the cancer whilst sparing the normal body organs around the cancer as much as possible. Radiation therapy is an effective and important part of management for a range of cancers.

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 is the most common form of radiation therapy. Linear Accelerator machines produce very accurate and precise radiation beams. Our five linear accelerators are equipped with the latest technology, allowing us to deliver radiation therapy treatment to different parts of the body.

World Radiography Day is celebrated on 8th November each year and marks the anniversary of the discovery of X-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895.

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