Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is a targeted high energy x-ray treatment, used to shrink and destroy tumour cells. Design scans are taken to map patient specific treatments. Daily image guidance is used at Beacon Hospital to verify the targeted tumour cells and verify avoidance of healthy tissue to sub-millimetre accuracy. Infra-red real-time motion monitoring is used to ensure patients maintain the verified position to maintain sub-millimetre accuracy throughout treatment delivery. Expert Radiation Therapists deliver patient specific treatment using a Linear Accelerator (treatment machine).

Beacon Hospital Radiotherapy Department

Beacon Hospital offer expertise in Radiotherapy, pioneering Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) and Stereotactic Cranial Radiosurgery (SRS) dedicated programs since 2007. Beacon Hospital Radiotherapy pioneered treatment accuracy optimisation, leading Real Time Infrared Patient Motion Monitoring internationally, with VisionRT’s Surface Guidance Radiotherapy (SGRT), since 2013.

Beacon Hospital Radiotherapy is located in the main hospital on level -1. The Beacon has two dedicated treatment machines called Linear Accelerators (LINAC’s) and a Radiotherapy Design CT Scanner. Beacon Hospital acquired the Varian EDGE Radiosurgery machine in 2019, supporting SABR & SRS programs.

Beacon Hospital acquired the Siemens goSIM machine in 2021, supporting advances in design scans and contrast administration for Radiotherapy treatment preparation.

Radiation Oncology Unit

Beacon Hospital Radiotherapy Treatment

Design Scan

Design scans are booked as directed by your Consultant Radiation Oncologist Doctor. The consultant will indicate the number and type of design scans required for designing the treatment. Beacon Hospital Radiotherapists will contact you with proposed dates for design scans. Design scans usually take 1-2 hours depending on preparation procedures and scan specifications. Design procedures can take 3-4 weeks to complete. If treatment is ready earlier than planned, the treatment team will contact you and offer an earlier start date.

 

Treatment

Treatments schedules vary from a single treatment to multiple weeks of daily treatment (Monday to Friday or on alternate days). Your Consultant Radiation Oncologist Doctor will decide the appropriate schedule for your specific treatment at your consultation but may adjust it during the planning process following analysis of design scans. Treatment appointments will vary from 20-60 minutes depending on the type of treatment your Consultant Radiation Oncologist has prescribed.

Treatment Options at Beacon Hospital:

  • 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (3DCRT)

    3D conformal radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that shapes the radiation beams to match the shape of the tumour.

  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

    Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is the use of imaging during radiation therapy to improve and verify the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery.

  • Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT)

    Surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT) is the use of real-time infra-red patient motion tracking to improve and verify the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery.

  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

    Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) is a form of external beam radiotherapy that uses linear accelerators to deliver multiple small radiation beams to a tumour. It allows shaping of the radiation dose to improve the targeting of the tumour and minimise the radiation dose to the surrounding normal organs.

  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)

    Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a non-surgical radiation therapy used to treat small tumours of the brain. It can deliver precisely-targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy, which can help preserve healthy tissue.

  • Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR)

    Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is a highly focused radiation treatment that gives a high dose of radiation concentrated on a tumour, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs. It can deliver precisely-targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy.