Dr Andrew Potter, Radiation Oncologist at Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre will present Optimising Quality of Life in the Palliative Care Patient with Cancer.
Radiation therapy is seen as an important component of treatment of many cancers in all stages of disease presentation. Approximately half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy at some point during their illness.
Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre are seeing patients with advanced disease living longer and this makes the management of toxicity and quality of life in the palliative care patient extremely relevant.
Palliative Radiation Therapy is used for many different reasons including;
- relief of bone pain
- treating spinal cord and nerve compression
- treatment of symptoms of cancer within the brain
- shrinking a tumour to relieve pressure or a blockage
- to stop bleeding.
Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre's palliative radiation therapy protocols now utilise high precision technology tools traditionally applied in the curative setting. These methods are very effective in addressing tumour control and symptom relief and are delivered efficiently to simplify the patient journey, minimise treatment times, side effects and with the added benefit of effective tumour response and pain control.