Practicalities & FAQ
When do I need to arrive before treatment?
You should arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow for signing in procedures and to change into a gown if necessary. Feel free to bring your partner, carer or family member along for support as Radiation Therapy can be a difficult time for some people.
Where in the hospital complex is the clinic?
Alfredm Health Radiation Oncology is located within the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre South Block is broadly in the middle of the Melbourne map, or if you prefer an aerial view. For Traralgon patients, the clinic is part of the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre located toward the left of the Traralgon map.
Your Radiation Oncologist and or Radiation Therapist will advise you of any particular requirements that pertain to your treatment schedule.
If there is a particular requirement for you to not eat before treatment, you will be advised if you should not consume food.
Radiation therapy can prove quite taxing for some patients, we have a quiet room for those wishing to rest afterward or between examinations and treatments.
There is car parking available on site at the Alfred including disabled parking. Discounts do apply for Healthcare and Pension card holders, with full details available here.
Getting to WBRC via Public Transport
Prahran station on the Sandringham line is a 10 minute walk along Greville Street.
South Yarra station on the Sandringham, Pakenham, Cranbourne and Frankston lines is a 20 minute walk.
Tram 72 Stops at the front of The Alfred on Commercial Road.
Trams 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 - Stop on St Kilda Road - get off at Commercial Road (Stop 25) then a 10 minute walk down Commercial Road.
Bus routes 216, 219 and 220 will take passengers from the city to The Alfred
Will I feel anything during my radiotherapy treatment
No, you won't feel anything. You will just hear a buzzing noise when the machine is turned on.
Will I be radioactive?
No. Radiotherapy uses x-rays which pass through the body and does not make you radioactive. It is completely safe to be in contact with others immediately after your treatment, including pregnant women and babies.
Will I lose my hair?
Hair will only be lost if it is in the treatment area and it depends on the amount of radiation that is being given. Please speak to your radiation oncologist or oncology nurse for information.
Can I work during treatment?
Many people continue to work during treatment. This is your choice, however if you are not feeling up to it you may wish to consider taking some time off.
Can I drive during treatment?
Yes, most people will continue to drive during their treatment. If you are not feeling up to it or are very tired you may wish to have a break from driving or drive less.
In some cases, such as neurological conditions, seizures or brain surgery, the Australian Transport Council states you are not legally allowed to drive for a period of six months. If you are not sure if you are fit to drive please discuss this with your radiation oncologist.