Your radiation treatment may be delivered using one or more of these three techniques:

External Beam Radiation Therapy

External beam radiotherapy is radiation treatment delivered using a computer-controlled machine – the linear accelerator. We have three Varian linear accelerators for external beam radiotherapy, consisting of a TrueBeam® STX combined with ExacTrac® technology and two Trilogy® Linear Accelerators.

We offer numerous specialised techniques including Volumetric Modulate Arc Therapy (VMAT), Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Total Body Irradiation (TBI) and various methods of intrafraction motion monitoring.

Our Radiation Therapists are experts in daily Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and fully utilise the advanced imaging capabilities of our treatment machines.

 

 

External beam planning appointment

External beam treatment appointments

 

Superficial or Orthovoltage Radiation Therapy

Superficial or Orthovoltage radiotherapy treatment is an effective low energy treatment for cancers located on or close to or at the skin surface. The treatment can be used post-surgery or as an alternative to surgery and skin grafts. Non-invasive superficial radiotherapy at NSCC is delivered using a Gulmay Medical superficial and orthovoltage unit.

 

 

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is the use of a sealed radioactive source to deliver radiation treatment. It is placed inside or next to the treatment area, usually within hollow catheters placed in the treatment area. It is commonly used for gynaecological and prostate cancers and may be employed in the treatment of skin and breast cancers. Brachytherapy can be used alone or combination with external beam radiotherapy. Our centre offers Brachytherapy using a MicroSelectron High Dose Rate unit.

 

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