Advances In Radiation Oncology
Radiation therapy uses high-energy ionising radiation to destroy the DNA of cancer cells, and can be used to cure cancers, either alone or in conjunction with surgery or chemotherapy. According to the available evidence, one in two patients with cancer in Australia would benefit from receiving radiation therapy as part of their treatment. Ensuring that patients have access to these advances in radiation therapy is a key priority in Australian cancer planning. While the evidence indicates that, optimally, 48% of patients in Australia should receive radiation therapy, its actual use in NSW is as low as 26%.
It is important that the wider medical community is given the opportunity to understand these advances and the opportunities they offer patients. The landscape of radiation treatment will continue to evolve in the coming years, and it is the aim of radiation oncologists in Australia and New Zealand, through Targeting Cancer, to ensure that all patients are given equitable access to this highly beneficial treatment.
This lecture is designed to educate GP’s on current processes involved from consultation to treatment in Radiation Oncology; how to identify different radiation therapy techniques that are used in treating skin cancer and the best follow up care plans for managing potential side effects from radiation therapy to the skin.
- Describe the processes involved from consultation to treatment in Radiation Oncology
- Identify how different radiation therapy techniques are used to treat skin cancer
- Formulate a comprehensive management and follow up care plan for patients potential side effects from radiation therapy to the skin
- Presenter(s):Ian Porter
- Duration:40.38 min
- Activity ID:144753
- QI&CPD Points:2