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After your final treatment, please call or drop in to see your care team at any time if you have concerns, questions, or just want to say Hi!

Some of our patients shared the following sentiments about their life after cancer...

"When treatment ends, a new chapter in your life begins. It’s a chapter that brings hope and happiness – yet you may also be feeling a little afraid. Many people worry that their cancer will come back, and these feelings can sometimes be quite intense."

"It’s normal to feel mixed emotions about follow-up appointments with your doctor, or anniversaries of your cancer diagnosis."

"After cancer, you’ll be looking forward to getting back to a more normal life – but it’s not always easy. You’ll deal with these challenges in your own way, in your own time – and no two cancer experiences are the same."

"While cancer can have an impact on family around you, it can also change relationships outside of your close circles."

Maybe your friends haven’t kept in touch with you during your diagnosis and treatment.

They might now know how to respond to your new life – whether because of your new look (if your appearance has changed) or simply because they don’t know what to say. The topic of cancer can also remind them of their own life and death – and, this can scare them.

If you’re open to talking about your experience, your friends will feel more comfortable around you, too.

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Returning to work

If your career is an important part of your life, you’ll probably be keen to return to work as soon as possible. Getting back into a predictable working routine can also bring stability.

If you’re not able to go back to work because of your cancer or your treatment, there are other options. You can explore rehabilitation and retraining programs in your community, for example. Or, you may be able to negotiate a new role or working conditions with your current employer.

When you do go back to work, you may find that relationships with co-workers have changed.

Even if you feel like you’re back to normal, colleagues may be feeling unsure of what to say or how to act.

Some will simply ignore the issue and not talk about it – while others may underestimate the seriousness of your condition because you’re back at work and coping well.

Your co-workers may be unsure of what to do or say or may try to protect your feelings.

If you feel you have been discriminated against, either on the job or in dealing with insurance find out about the anti-discrimination laws that apply to you.

Questions about future employment and health insurance may also come up. There are resources available to help answer these questions.

Employer Ombudsmen for Public Sector jobs

Cancer Council offer access to free legal services that can connect you with lawyers for situations like this and also for helping to sort out family estate and wills.

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See the Support section to get more information on workplace issues. You’ll also find phone numbers and web addresses for these organisations and others that offer valuable services to people affected by cancer.

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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