WHAT IS RADIOTHERAPY?
More than one in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime and over half of these patients will require radiotherapy at least once—either as part of their overall management or as their sole treatment.
Radiotherapy (radiation therapy) is now one of the best-established, most effective and well tolerated therapies for treating cancers of nearly all types and presentations, extending lives and/or reducing suffering for patients and their families/friends.
The constantly accumulating evidence from clinical trials (to which Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre is a significant contributor) shows that radiotherapy offers clear benefits to patients with a wide variety of malignant conditions in terms of cancer cure, organ preservation, effective palliation of symptoms and overall quality of life.
Patients' treatment reactions, experiences and treatment responses whilst similar are also unique. Two people undergoing the same course of treatment may experience completely different responses.
You may like to watch this video explaining what is involved when you are a radiation oncology patient.
This Patient Pathway 5 minute information video was developed by the Royal Australian College of Radiologists (RANZCR) Targeting Cancer Program as a means of providing a clear and simple means of explaining what happens when you are a patient at a Radiotherapy Practice like Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre.