Cancer patients in New South Wales are benefitting from a new palliative care radiation trial at Royal North Shore Hospital’s Cancer Centre which is reducing the time spent in treatment.
The trial will treat some of the region’s sickest cancer patients with higher and more precise doses of radiation therapy, reducing the time spent in treatment and potentially alleviating some of the painful symptoms of treatment.
The trial, which is the first internationally on Varian’s Ethos machine, will treat patients with higher, more targeted doses of radiation therapy, potentially alleviating painful symptoms of cancer and spending less time in hospital.
One of those patients is Nigel Nettleship of Avalon, who was diagnosed with myeloma earlier this year, with a tumour detected at the base of his sacrum.
“I was originally warned of low haemoglobin by the Red Cross Blood Bank when attending for a routine donation. I had no pain or other symptoms, and we seem to have caught my problem early,” Nigel said.
“When I was referred to the Cancer Centre for radiotherapy, I was asked and was happy to take part in the trial. I have had one treatment so far as an outpatient, with no after effects for me.