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Dealing with a cancer diagnosis, and undergoing treatment, is often an overwhelming and emotional experience.

It’s normal, and very common, to deal with a wide range of physical, emotional and practical challenges.

Fortunately, there are many resources to help you cope, and support you, throughout your cancer experience.

Talk about your feelings

It really does help to talk to people about how you’re feeling. Your family and friends can be a very good source of support – and they want to help you as best they can, too.

You can also talk to us, a counsellor or psychologist. We can put you in touch with someone who has had a similar experience with cancer.

Help is just one question away

We’re here to look after you – and to ensure you receive all the care and help you need.

Please ask us if you would like to see a counsellor, nurse, dietician, physiotherapist or other allied health professionals.

Our patient services team can also help coordinate practical challenges such as parking, transport and accommodation while you receive treatment with us.

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Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20

On the Cancer Council’s Helpline, there are experienced cancer nurses who can assist you with information and support.

Call 13 11 20 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm.

For more information, visit the Cancer Council website http://www.cancer.org.au

WHAT IS RADIATION THERAPY?
Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill or damage cancerous (abnormal) cells and stop them from growing and multiplying.

It is one of the best-established, most effective and well tolerated therapies for treating almost all cancers, extending lives, and reducing suffering.
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TREATMENT TYPES
Radiation therapy can be delivered:

From a machine outside of the body – this is called external-beam radiation therapy

By placing radioactive material inside the body – this is known as brachytherapy
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RADIATION THERAPY EXTERNAL BEAM
External beam radiation therapy, the radiation oncology team uses a machine called a linear accelerator, or linac.

A linac uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic (electron) particles. This creates high-energy radiation that is used to kill cancerous cells.
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STEREOTACTIC (SABR, SRS, GAMMA)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) delivers high doses of radiation with sub millimetre precision positioning. It is often used to treat small tumours with well-defined edges.

It is most commonly used to treat primary brain or spinal tumours – as well as secondary brain tumours.
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BRACHYTHERAPY
Brachytherapy involves radiation delivered from a tiny source implanted directly into or next to the tumour.

These sources produce gamma-rays, which have the same effect on cancer cells as X-rays.
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