Radiation Oncology Team
The Radiation Oncology Team at Calvary Mater Newcastle has a diverse range of specialist staff to assist you through your treatment plan. As well as your Radiation Oncologist, you will also see a number of other specialty health care staff who are there to advise and care for you throughout your cancer treatment.
Our Radiation Oncologists are specialist trained doctors in the field of radiotherapy. We use cutting-edge technology and work closely with your medical care team to coordinate the best treatment plan for you.
They are a professional medical team who are also world class researchers leading the way with trials that continue to inform and improve patient care. Our doctors work in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and national and international peak bodies in their specialty fields of medicine, continuing to advance both research locally and globally.
Radiation Therapists are medical radiation practitioners, who are specialist trained in radiation therapy. You will meet our Radiation Therapists throughout most stages of your treatment. You may be required to attend a planning CT and/or MRI scan after which a small team of Radiation Therapists will perform the planning of your treatment using specialised planning computers to optimise your treatment plan. When your treatment plan is prepared and approved by your treating Radiation Oncologist, you will be offered a course of treatment.
Getting to know your team of treating Radiation Therapists will be easy; they not only very accurately deliver your treatment using state-of-the-art equipment, but also will give you support, answer your questions, and generally care for you and your family/carers.
At Calvary Mater Newcastle we pride ourselves on our great nursing care. Nurses are an integral part of your journey as you undergo your treatment. Our nurses are there for you and your family and provide the very best advice in all aspects of your care. Just ask our nurses if you need any assistance at any time, they are there for you.
Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists apply their knowledge of mathematics, physics and technology to establish, implement and monitor processes which allow best radiation treatment to be delivered, taking account of the radiation protection of the patient and others.
Their major work programs are equipment management and quality assurance, external beam treatment planning (development, quality assurance and consultancy), radiation dosimetry, radiation safety, and the repair and maintenance of radiation oncology equipment.
Another important part of their work involves teaching and mentoring students, and their continual strive for safer and innovative treatment for our patients through research.
At Calvary Mater Newcastle we care about your physical, spiritual and emotional needs.
Experiencing problems and changes with your health can be a very difficult and stressful time for you and your carer/family. There are many concerns and problems which can arise for patients as they undertake treatment and plan for the future.
Our Allied Health team provide assistance to patients and their families for a wide range of health care, personal concerns and practical needs.
The team provides inpatient, outpatient, home care and support programs. These health care services include, but are not limited to, Dietitians, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists and Pastoral Care Workers.
You and your carer/family can ask to speak to any of our Allied Health staff. All are available for your assistance at various times throughout your treatment.
Our Radiation Oncology administration staff will provide you with assistance whenever you present for treatment, help you to make an appointment and when necessary put you in contact with a member of the clinical team. They also assist in the day-to-day running of clinics, appointment schedules and provide extensive support to our clinical team.
Our Radiation Oncology Clinical Trials team may become involved in your care if your Radiation Oncologist believes that one of our research studies may be suitable for you.
If you decide to participate, the Radiation Oncology Clinical Trials team will work closely with your Doctor including assisting with your appointments and coordinating the care you require.
Our team will also collect the information that is needed for the research study which may include information about your cancer, side effects from treatment, questionnaires and information about your ongoing health.