GenesisCare Victoria / Radiation Oncology Victoria provides critical radiotherapy services to Victorian cancer patients with a comprehensive suite of radiotherapy services.
Patients have access to immediate treatment on the latest technology including:
- 3D Conformal Radiotherapy
- Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
- Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
- VMAT and RapidArc: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
- Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy (LDR)
- High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
- Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (using the goggles or snorkel technique)
- Stereotactic Radiotherapy
We deliver personalised 'made to measure' highly conformal radiotherapy. This involves dedicated CT simulation scans, along with other imaging data to help localise or pin point the tumour in three dimensions (3D). The information from our dedicated radiotherapy CT scan along with other modalities is processed and then sent directly to our sophisticated radiotherapy planning computer. It is this computer program that then designs radiation beams that can be best used to accurately target the tumour, dosing it effectively and precisely whilst minimising dose to the surrounding healthy tissue.
3D PLANNING SYSTEM
Effective radiotherapy treatment requires that treatment beams are precisely measured, shaped and directed at the tumour to avoid as much good surrounding tissue as possible.
The planning process, known as dosimetry, utilises complicated computer calculation software and 3D visualisation tools that is applied to each patient's anatomy to best determine the angle of approach, radiation beam shapes and intensity whilst accounting for each patient's individual body size, shape and contour. Read more
A linear accelerator (Linac) is sophisticated medical equipment used to deliver radiotherapy treatments for patients with cancer. The Linac can be used to treat cancers of nearly all types and presentations. During radiotherapy, treatment is given by directing the planned targeted radiation beams to the cancer site and surrounding area to destroy the main tumour and any nearby cancer cells.
Patients lie on a moveable treatment couch and, with the help of spatially calibrated lasers and X-ray imaging panels, are manoeuvred to ensure accurate beam positioning. The treatment couch can also be manoeuvred in many planes with sub-millimetre accuracy. This occurs synchronously with the Linac gantry which can be directed towards the patient's cancer from any angle in a 360° arc. Read more