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Treatment Offered
External Beam Radiotherapy (EBRT)
This is a non-invasive technique, where the radiation dose is delivered as one beam or more from outside the body to a specific area in the body. This technique requires patient to be in a relatively comfortable and reproducible position with the aid of specialised immobilisation equipment.

This is a common form of treatment for prostate, breast, lung and many other cancers.

With the technologies available in the department, the EBRT techniques we offer include:

  • 3D Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT),
  • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT),
  • image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) on the linear accelerator (LINAC) machine, and
  • the new CyberKnife.

These are all methods of improving the accuracy of the treatment so that higher doses can be delivered to target sites whilst minimising the dose to the healthy tissue.

More information on the Cyberknife can be accessed here.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a high precision of small lesions/tumours in the brain. It is a very specialised treatment and may be used in cases where traditional surgery is not possible.

This is a form of radiation therapy where the radiation is delivered to the target site from iside the patient.  It involves a surgical procedure followed by the temporary introduction of a radioactive source inside the body to treat the target site.  It is mainly used for some prostate and lung cancer patients.

There are two types of brachytherapy:

  1. High dose rate brachytherapy (HDR) is delivered by a machine that temporarily passes the radioactive source into the patient via surgically placed needles.
  2. Low dose rate brachytherapy (LDR) involves the insertion of small radioactive seeds into the treatment area which stay inside the patient.
Intraoperative Radiotherapy
Intraoperative radiotherapy is the delivery of radiation directly to the tumour bed following the surgical removal of the tumour.

This treatment modality is currently undergoing clinical trial on early breast cancer patients following breast-conserving surgery.

The study seeks evidence to replace a course (often 5 weeks or more) of EBRT with a single fraction of IORT.

Total Body Irradiation
Total body irradiation uses the same linear accelerator as those described in previous pages.

The treatment is delivered using 6MV photon beams at a reduced dose rate, with the patient immobilised on a specially developed apparatus.

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