Radiation Therapy with us

Treatment Process

 Radiation Therapy: A patients' story watch the video

The process is as follows:

Initial Consultation

· Fill out registration forms
· Consultation with radiation oncologist

Planning (Simulation) Appointment

· Meet with radiation therapist & radiation oncologist
· Decide on positioning for treatment and finalising how many treatment sessions you will have
· May involve:

- Making equipment to aid positioning
- CT Scan or x-ray
- Drawing marks on your skin
- Taking measurements and photos of your position

First Treatment Appointment

· Meet with radiation therapist
· Lie in same position as at Planning Appointment
· Radiation treatment delivered
· Meet with nurses after treatment to discuss side effects

Daily Treatment Appointment

· Radiation treatment delivered by radiation therapists
· Weekly review with radiation oncologist and nurse

Follow-up Appointment

· At a specified time after treatment has finished
· Consultation with your radiation oncologist

What equipment is used in the process 

 There are different pieces of equipment used in your treatment process including CT Scanners, X-ray machines, linear accelerators, specialist stereotactic equipment along with different planning and simulation systems all necessary to ensure accurate treatment of your cancer.

Ralph the Therapy Dog

Keep an eye out for Ralph, our loveable therapy dog comes in and visits our patients on a Tuesday with Julie, his owner and our appointments co-ordinator. Ralph and Julie have both participated in the Delta Society's Therapy Dog Program.

 

Ralph our cancer dog

Financial Assistance

The Victorian Cancer Council offers some financial help for people suffering from cancer in the form of financial planning, small one off grants for people experiencing economic hardship as a result of their treatment, workplace and small business advice. More information is available at the Victorian Cancer Council.

Need information on cancer?

One of the special features of the Alfred Health Radiation Oncology unit is the well-developed Cancer Support Service. This service was established to assist patients and their loved ones deal with the social, physical and emotional issues associated with a diagnosis of cancer.

The centre is staffed by two cancer support nurses and volunteers.
This area also provides the Mt Aspiring Resource Room which provides a welcoming space where patients with cancer and their families can access information on cancer, treatment and support.

Information is available in writing, on video and cassettes, the internet and the Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Information System. The cancer support nurses are on hand to assist people to find the materials they need.

The Mount Aspiring Resource Room was made possible by donor Mary Lou Orloff. In February 1998 a courageous group of women, all survivors or supporters of women with breast cancer, set out to climb Mount Aspiring, a 10,000 feet peak in New Zealand. Mary Lou Orloff raised $35,000 in donations for climbing this mountain.

This money was donated to The Alfred and enabled us to establish the Mount Aspiring Resource Room on the ground floor of the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre.

The information offered may be regarding:
Type of cancer Treatments
Surgery
Radiotherapy
Chemotherapy
Support Groups
Regular information sessions Talking to family and friends
Moving on after treatment Communicating with your doctor

There is access to a wide variety of resources and can help to find the support you need.

Contact Details

The Cancer Support Nurses can be contacted by telephone on 9076 3369.

Alternatively you may call the hospital switchboard by telephoning 9076 2000 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Cancer Support Nurses to be paged.

Cancer Support
(03) 9076 3369

Other Links

Melbourne Prostate Institute

Cancer Council Australia

Cancer Council Victoria

Better Health Victoria

Commonwealth Cancer Australia

American Cancer Society

Index of Cancer types

Breast Screen Australia

Sunsmart

Bureau of Meteorology Daily Sunburn Forecast

Look Good Feel Better

Targeting Cancer