Unique treatment using Varian’s TrueBeam technology
Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)
SRT is mainly used to treat small brain tumours that are either malignant or benign in a single or few treatments. It is used to treat tumours deep within the brain or tumours that cannot be removed surgically.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT or SABR)
SBRT is a non-invasive procedure that delivers precisely targeted radiation at very high doses in only a few treatments. SBRT is an important alternative to surgery, especially for patients unable to undergo surgery. Advances in imaging and highly accurate radiation delivery have made possible the safe delivery of ablative radiation doses, changing the face of treatment for certain tumours such as early stage lung cancer and certain cancers in the spine, liver and other sites.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT is high-precision radiation therapy where the intensity of radiation is varied resulting in a final dose that conforms precisely to the three-dimensional shape of the tumour while minimising the dose to the surrounding healthy tissues. IMRT is used to treat of a wide range of cancers.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
VMAT is an advanced form of IMRT designed to deliver treatment accurately and quickly where radiation is delivered in one or more arcs, reducing treatment time to as little as two minutes of radiation delivery. VMAT technology maximises the radiation dose to the target while minimising exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and is particularly useful in the treatment of cancers that are prone to movement.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IGRT incorporates imaging within the treatment to enable accurate target alignment at each occasion of treatment. This results in the accurate delivery of radiation to the cancer whilst reducing the amount of radiation your healthy tissue receives and therefore reducing potential side effects.
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold
When used with radiation therapy, Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) helps limit radiation exposure to healthy heart and lungs. Treatment is delivered while the patient comfortably holds their breath and is particularly useful in treatment for patients with left sided breast cancer.
Four-Dimensional Treatment Planning
When planning a treatment there are many factors to consider including size, shape and location of the cancer, general health and previous treatments. The expert team of Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Therapists and Medical Physicists use advanced computerised treatment planning systems to ensure that treatments are optimised for the individual patient. The four-dimensional planning capability at Calvary Mater Newcastle ensures that even moving targets are optimally planned and treated.