ARC Sponsors St Andrew’s Hospital Foundation high tea

Recently Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre sponsored high tea in July for the St Andrew’s Hospital Foundation.

Ms Amy Bredon, Foundation Manager, and her wonderful team organised this amazing event for the St Andrew’s Hospital Volunteers, the Friends of St Andrew’s, current and past board members, with around 100 people attending.

Mr Lincoln Clifford, General Manager, with ARC, spoke on the business developments locally, national and Internationally of GenesisCare. A highlight of this presentation was a video which showcased the principles and people behind the company and our collaborative focus on providing highly personalised care for all, utilising the latest technologies we can make available.

Mr Stephen Walker, CEO, of St Andrew’s Hospital spoke on the new developments occurring within the hospital, including more theatres, increased car parking and expansion of the world class angiography suite.

Ms Amy Brendon, Foundation Manager, gave a brief overview of the work being done to fund raise for hospital equipment and for a scholarship program.

ARC has over a 30 year working relationship with St Andrew’s Hospital and was privileged to be part of this event.

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(pictured above are Valerie Turnbull and Amy Bredon from St Andrew’s Hospital Foundation with Lincoln Clifford, General Manager of Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre)

World Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Day

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Thursday July 27th 2017

As part of this awareness day free oral cancer screening health checks are being conducted at Flinders Medical Centre, Cancer Centre, Bedford Park from 9.00am – 12.00pm.

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Support and information for those patients living with Head and Neck cancer can be obtained from the SA branch of the Head & Neck Cancer Support Group. This group meets monthly and all details can be obtained from Tracey Nicholls E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P: 0411771976

Educational event for palliative care nurses

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Recently, Dr Andrew Potter, Radiation Oncologist, gave an extremely informative and well received presentation to a group of 40 Nurse Practitioners and Nurses working in the Palliative Care arena, on Radiation Therapy: Optimising outcomes in Palliative Care.

This successful event was collaboration between Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre and Palliative Care Nurses to provide an educational update, for nurses.

Dr Potter spoke on the changing landscape of Palliative Care in cancer and the specific approaches to palliative treatment for localised disease, limited metastatic disease and advanced metastatic disease, using Radiation Therapy.

Included in his presentation were the goals of treatment and the attention that is given to planning, dose, anticipating potential future problems and minimising the dose to normal tissue.

Aims of treatment include maximising control of metastatic sites, improving quality of life eg: reducing pain and delaying the need for systemic treatment.

Dr Potter went on to discuss techniques used in Radiation Therapy such as SABR (Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiation Therapy used in small volume metastases such as those in the lung, liver, spine, bone and soft tissue.

At ARC, with palliative care patients, our aim is to see, plan and commence treatment on the same day whenever possible. We understand the need for this in this particular patient cohort.

Deborah Hoberg, ARC’s Nurse Lead, presented on the Radiation Nurses role in Radiation Therapy treatment. One of the take home messages was the importance of ensuring that the patient has adequate pain relief prior to going onto the CT scanner for SIM planning and also prior to treatment.

Another highlight for those attending was a tour of our Kurralta Park site and following the patient's journey through Radiation Therapy. A massive thank you goes out to our dedicated staff that assisted on the night.

Some of the comments made on the educational evaluation forms included: “Dr Potter’s targeted overview of radiotherapy treatment in the palliative setting was concise with great individual case study explanations” and “the site tour was fantastic”.

Adelaide Radiotherapy is committed to working as a team with patients, their families, carers, community support groups and Health Care professionals to assist in optimising outcomes in palliative care.

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ARC Sponsors: SA Breast Care Nurses Network Education Event

On Monday 3rd July Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre, sponsored the SABCN education meeting, at St Andrews Medical Centre. The event was attended by over 20 nurses who heard from two guest speakers.

Ms Daniella Albanese, Physiotherapist, at Memorial Hospital, gave an extremely informative and passionate presentation on their Cancer related fatigue program. Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) is the most common side effect of cancer treatment and affects nearly 70% of all cancer patients.

CRF means more than simple tiredness. It is a daily lack of energy, an unusual or excessive whole-body exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep. It can be acute, lasting a month or less, or chronic, lasting from one month to six months or longer. Even if other aspects of a patient’s cancer treatments are going well, CRF can still prevent normal daily function and significantly impact quality of life and may continue even after treatments are completed.

Daniella discussed the benefits of exercise for those patients undergoing treatment or completing treatment and how much it improves their daily physical and emotional wellbeing. Exercise sessions are tailored to each individual patients needs and are carefully monitored. The sessions help to increase strength, mobility and endurance, whilst improving energy conservation and balance.

Further information: P: 08 83663419 or Website: www.thememorialhospital.org.au

ARC’s Nurse Lead, Deborah Hoberg gave an informative presentation on “The Breast advice for managing radiotherapy induced skin reactions”. Deb gave a comprehensive overview of the skin reaction cycle in regards to radiotherapy treatment and the subsequent time frame in which reactions can occur. A lot of discussion was generated in regards to the creams and dressings utilised by our radiation nurses, for breast cancer patients. The current and referenced information proved invaluable to the breast care nurses attending. After all everyone is working towards the same goal to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Adelaide Radiotherapy was very pleased to sponsor this event for such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of nurses.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

caroline connellDr Caroline Connell, Radiation Oncologist, with Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre, recently presented to the Head & Neck Cancer Support Group. Her presentation was on Radiation Therapy and its treatment in head and neck cancers. Dr Connell consults at our Flinders Private Hospital site, treating both public and private patients.

For further information, pertaining to the HaNCSG please contact Tracey Nicholls on P: 08 82047799 or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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