Cancer and cardiovascular disease are the two largest health burdens in Australia, representing more than a third of recurrent healthcare expenditure. More than one in three Australians will discover they have cancer by the age of 75 and the incidence is increasing across all cancer types. Although Australia has one of the highest survival rates in the world, cancer is the largest contributor to disease and injury in Australia and the second most common cause of death.
About 50% of cancer patients require radiation therapy at least once for the cure or palliation of their cancer, however only one in three receives essential treatment because of lack of convenient access to treatment facilities and lack of understanding of appropriate treatment options regarding radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy, which has experienced rapid technological advancements in the past couple of decades, can also have a greater impact on stopping cancer cells reproducing compared to chemotherapy. In many instances combining treatment modalities provides for the best outcomes.
Modern radiation therapy equipment such as linear accelerators can reduce the time the patient spends on the treatment couch up to 50%. Accuracy is sub-millimetre, improving outcomes and reducing unwanted dose to surrounding organs and healthy tissue.