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What are the different types of radiation therapy?

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
  • By giving a radioactive substance by mouth or into a vein – the substance then travels in the blood to the tumour (known as systemic radiation therapy)

The type of radiation therapy you are recommended depends on many factors, including:

  • The type of cancer
  • The size of the cancer
  • The cancer’s location in the body
  • How close the cancer is to normal tissues that are sensitive to radiation
  • How far into the body the radiation needs to travel
  • Your general health and medical history
  • The combination of other cancer therapies like chemotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold for Breast Cancer patients - How DIBH works / What is it?

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) is a technique that reduces the risk of radiation contact to the heart.

For women with left-sided breast cancer, a major concern is the dose of radiation delivered to the heart could increase the risk of heart disease.

DIBH is the most efficient way to minimise this risk; however, there are other methods to reduce the radiation dose to the heart.

DIBH is a technique that requires you to hold your breath during your CT scan (measurement scan) and each daily treatment.

You need to be able to hold your breath for a short period, around 20 seconds, several times during each daily treatment.

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FAQ
Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Radiation Therapy cancer treatment
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OUR APPROACH TO YOUR CARE
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Our team of specialist doctors and health professionals are committed to supporting you at all stages of your cancer experience.
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WELLNESS PROGRAMS
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Our vision is to deliver world class, person-centred cancer care that is close to home. We recognise that ‘treating the person as a whole’, and not just the tumour is of paramount importance
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SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE
When people with cancer undergo treatments, the focus is on them and their needs. Yet cancer often affects more than just one person. In many cases, it’s the entire family, and especially the caregivers – who are also significantly impacted by the experience.
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LIFE AFTER CANCER
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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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