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Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy for gynaeocological cancer
Sylvia Hanna; Naina Dhana/Counterpart (AUS, 2020)
A Senior Brachytherapist at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, outlines the radiation techniques specific to gynaecological cancers, the benefits and side effects of different treatments and new developments in this field, alongside Naina Dhana. Recorded at Women's Health Victoria, Melbourne on 19 March 2020. Hosted by Fiona McRae.
(webinar)

Treatment for cervical cancer
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2015)
Description of the types of treatment that may be offered for cervical cancer, including side effects and a personal story of surgery.
 (web)

Faces of cervical cancer: Information and support for those living with cervical health issues
Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (AUS, 2020)
This booklet provides simple explanations of cervical abnormalities, including cervical cancer and treatment. Find radiotherapy on page 26. A number of personal stories are included throughout the text.
 (PDF booklet)

Understanding cervical cancer
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2017)
Find information on radiotherapy treatment for cervical cancer on page 37.
  (72-page booklet, PDF or hardcopy)

Cervical cancer
Deborah Neesham/Counterpart (AUS, 2020)
Gynaecological Oncologist Dr Deborah Neesham explains the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, including emerging trends and developments. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded on Monday 31 August 2020 in Melbourne.
(webinar)

Cervix cancer
Radiation Oncology (AUS)
Explanation of cervical cancer, with particular emphasis on radiation therapy and its side effects.  Scroll down for a link to the booklet ‘Recovering after pelvic radiation therapy: a guide for women’, which provides detailed information on managing the long-term side effects of treatment.
  (web page and PDF booklet)

Cervix cancer
Radiation Oncology (AUS, 2017)
Information on radiotherapy treatment for cervical cancer, including types of treatment, how effective they are, and the possible side effects.
 (web)

Brachytherapy
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)
Easy-to-read overview of brachytherapy, including image-guided brachytherapy (IGBT).  As this is a UK resource, the support line is not available in Australia, and some of the words they use may be slightly different to word used here.
 (web)

Radiation
Cancer Survivor Guide (AUS, 2018)
Episode 4 of this podcast explains how radiation therapy works, and the roles of the Radiation Oncologist and Radiation Therapist.
 (podcast)

Understanding radiation therapy: a guide for people with cancer, their family and friends
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2017)
This booklet does not go into radiotherapy for specific types of cancer, but provides an excellent introduction to types of radiotherapy, treatment planning and possible side effects.
  (64-page booklet – PDF or hard copy)

An introduction to radiation therapy
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (US, 2014)
This video from the United States gives a clear explanation of radiotherapy processes, which are similar to what a woman will experience in Australia. Acknowledges anxiety and fear of the unknown, and how they can be managed. YouTube sometimes suggests other videos on similar topic. Please be aware that those other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube video, 17m 34s)

Radiation therapy for gynaecological cancers
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (US, 2016)
This booklet from the United States explains the use of external and internal radiation therapy for gynaecological cancers. Includes an explanation of side effects and tips for caring for yourself during treatment. Remember that as this resource is US-based, remember that some contact details and further information links may not be available to Australians.
  (booklet – PDF)

Radiotherapy explained
Macmillan Cancer Support
Useful explanation of how radiotherapy works, how you can prepare and what to expect. As this is a UK resource, some of the words they use may be slightly different to the words we use in Australia. (e.g. radiographer instead of radiation therapist; clinical oncologist instead of medical/radiation oncologist). The ‘Bladder urgency card’ and support phone numbers are not available in Australia.
   (web page and video)

Pelvic radiotherapy explained
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)
Links to information on pelvic radiotherapy, including side effects, follow up and recovery. As this is a UK resource, the support line is not available in Australia, and some of the words they use may be slightly different to word used in Australia.
 (web)

About pelvic radiotherapy
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)
Very simple explanation of the areas affected by pelvic radiotherapy. Includes diagrams.
 (web)

 


Last Updated: 10 June, 2021 11:45 am