Radiation therapy is a treatment of cancer that uses high energy X-rays. It works because cancer cells are more sensitive to radiation than normal cells. Therefore, cancer cells are destroyed while normal cells recover.
Radiation therapy treatment is usually given with a machine called a linear accelerator. These machines are very precise and use imaging technology to target your treatment. The machine moves around you and can treat you from many different directions.
Radiation therapy treats a specific area of the body. You won't see or feel the X-rays and you will not be radioactive after treatment.
"I quickly discovered during treatment that my preconceived fears and worries about radiation were totally unfounded. Yes I had a few very minor side effects and yes its tiring turning up day after day, but it's a very small price to pay for peace of mind. At the end of the day knowing that you have done everything possible to help ensure a healthy, cancer free future is all that matters." - BS
"When people ask me about radiation I talk about the incredibly kind staff and the friendships I made with other patients and their loved ones. All of us in the same boat sharing our stories, laughing and connecting - That's what I will remember." - AN
Brett Campbell says that radiation therapy is "a little bit daunting but you get used to it. The nurses in there are fantastic and they make you comfortable."
In 2012 Radiation Oncology relocated to custom built facilities as part of the ONJ Centre . At the ONJ Centre, wellness is important to us and will be a focus of your care.
With state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and highly skilled staff, Radiation Oncology delivers world-class radiation therapy services to the people of north-east Melbourne and Victoria.
Patients undergo radiation therapy in an environment close to home with the support of a dedicated multi-disciplinary team that includes Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Therapists, Medical Physicists, Oncology Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Speech Pathologists and other specially trained staff.
Wellness and supportive care programs and services help people address the challenges of cancer. Wellness is about helping people achieve their best possible physical, psychological, social, informational and spiritual health and well-being. Patients and families can take some time-out during treatments in the Wellness Centre.
Austin Health also partners with Ballarat Health Services to operate the Ballarat-Austin Radiation Oncology Centre within the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre. For further information about the Radiation Therapy services at the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, please click here.
Wellness is a vital part of both the ONJ Centre and the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, with dedicated Wellness Centres providing a homely space for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Radiation Oncology, ONJ Centre
03 9496 2800
8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
Radiation Oncology, Ballarat-Austin Radiation Oncology Centre
03 5320 8600
8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday