All our treatment centres have specialised teams that are dedicated to supporting patients throughout their journey. The multi-disiplinary team work closely to ensure that the best possible treatment is given throughout the Radiation Therapy process. The mulch-disiplinary team consists of
- Radiation Oncologists
- Radiation Therapists
- Allied Health
Please click on the appropriate team member from the menu to the right for more information about their role in the Prostate radiation therapy process.
If you have further questions the FAQ may be of assistance, or feel free to Contact Us
Radiation Oncologists are medical specialists who co-ordinate patients Radiation Therapy treatment. They communicate with other cancer specialists including surgeons and Medical Oncologists to ensure that the optimal treatment approach is reached for each patient. Radiation Oncologists can provide advice on the role of other treatment options such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy and surgery.
Radiation Oncologists undertake 5 years of specialty training under the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) which require a yearly demonstration of continuing professional development.
Our Radiation Oncologists are affiliated with the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and are committed to continuing research within the Radiation Oncology field. Our Doctors facilitate and offer access to clinical trials with the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group to improve radiotherapy and cancer treatment. They are also among the few Radiation Oncologists who have outcome and toxicity data to prove their results.
A/Prof Andrew Kneebone and A/Prof Thomas Eade are two of the most recognised specialists within the radiotherapy prostate field. More information about each doctor can be found on the following links.
Radiation Therapists handle the day to day treatment for patients receiving Radiation Therapy. If a doctor prescribes Radiation Therapy the Radiation Therapists will be involved from the initial planning CT scan.
The Radiation Therapists and Radiation Oncologists will work together to customise each treatment to the particular patient. The patients will then see the Radiation Therapists each day they have treatment for the length of their treatment.
Radiation Therapists are university trained staff study for up to 4 years, including numerous clinical practice sessions to become qualified. These qualifications are recognised both nationally and internationally. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is also undertaken to ensure that Radiation Therapists continue to keep current with new and developing techniques.
The primary role of the Radiation Therapist is clinical work focusing on the patient, but most Radiation Therapists are involved in a variety of Research and Clinical Trials to help further advance the Radiation Therapy profession.
Nurses within Radiation Oncology are specialised for the environment. Our nurses work closely in the multi-disciplinary team with both Radiation Oncologists and Radiation Therapists. Nurses assist with:
- treatment side effects information
- General Nursing Advice
- Advice on skin and mouth care
They can also help you with referrals to other member of the multi-disciplinary team, including:
- Social Work
- Specialist Nurses
- Support Groups
Cancer Nurse Co-ordinators
Cancer Nurse Co-ordinators are specially trained nurses that provide ongoing care for patients and carers from initial presentation through to follow up. Cancer Nurse Co-ordinators work closely with the entire multidisciplinary team and are typically the primary contact for help and any queries you should have.
Dieticians assist with the crucial aspect of nutrition, weight changes should be minimised whilst on treatment. If you are interested in seeing a dietician let a member of staff know.
A dietician can assist you in the following areas whilst on treatment:
- Creating a tailored dietary plan that help optimise nutritional status
- Monitoring your nutritional status during and/or after treatment to ensure limited impact from your treatment
- Promote healthy eating and assist with plans for a healthier lifestyle both during and after treatment
Social workers are available to assist patients and carers in a variety of support services. These include:
- home help
- financial assistance
- travel and accommodation assistance
If you would benefit from assistance in some of the services offered ask a member of staff for an appointment with the social worker.