A cutting-edge treatment protects from radiation
FROM late April, Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) Maroochydoore will offer Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH), a treatment technique that protects patients' hearts from radiation doses during breast cancer treatment.
DIBH is delivered using an innovative device that integrates with the treatment machine and results in precise radiation therapy that benefits many patients with left-sided breast cancer.
While undergoing radiation treatment, the patient is attached to a device which monitors their breathing.
At the specified time, the device signals to the patient when to take a deep breath so the lungs fill with air and the heart is moved away from the chest wall, therefore away from the vicinity of the radiation beams.
Radiation Oncologist at ROC Maroochydore Dr Nicole Buddle says this technology will benefit breast cancer patients.
"Breast cancer patients are living much longer, rather than looking at just the treatment options, we need to look at quality of survival and minimising the long term side effects of treatment," Dr Buddle said.
"Being able to offer this innovative technique ensures the local community are getting the latest and best possible treatment available, right here where they live - not by travelling to the closest major city."
Local Maroochydore resident and ROC site manager, Stephanie Price, says this technology adds to the centres current cutting-edge radiation therapy treatments and will further provide a world-class service to the local community.
"At ROC we are committed to providing exceptional cancer care and DIBH is one example of our dedication to providing the latest technology and treatment techniques to more and more Australians, close to where they live," Ms Price said.
EXCEPTIONAL CANCER CARE, CLOSE TO HOME:
- Service available to both public and private patients.
- All radiation therapy services are covered under Medicare, with 80-90% of treatment costs reimbursed.
- Advanced radiation therapy treatments and techniques to ensure patients receive the best of care.
- No wait list.
- Courtesy bus service - complimentary transport service for patients travelling from Gympie and Noosa Hospital to and from our centre.
- Free parking.
- Central, convenient location.
- Access to support services and allied health including counselling. www.radiationoncology centres.com.