Radiation oncology

Radiation oncology or radiation therapy is the use of radiation (x-rays) to treat and manage cancer. Radiation therapy treats cancer by damaging cancer cells while limiting damage to healthy cells. It is also sometimes used to treat non-cancerous conditions.

Our services

Radiation oncology services are provided by Icon Cancer Centre in partnership with Queensland Health for patients who require radiation therapy services.

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy is the use of radiation to safely treat and manage cancer.

Radiation oncologists use radiation to eradicate cancer cells, reduce their growth or relieve symptoms of cancer. This therapy treats cancer by damaging cancer cells while limiting the impact to healthy cells. Cancer cells are more sensitive to radiation than healthy, normal cells. When radiation is given each day over several weeks, normal cells can recover from the radiation because the dose is minimal whereas cancer cells cannot. Learn more about what radiation therapy is here.

Radiation therapy services include:

  • initial consultation
  • radiation therapy planning
  • radiation therapy treatment.

To learn more about your first day of radiation therapy, watch this video from our care team and patients.

We provide advanced radiation therapy technology and techniques including:

  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) - A type of external beam radiation therapy. Learn more.
  • Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) - This technique accurately shapes the radiation dose to the tumour while minimising the dose to organs surrounding the tumour. Learn more.
  • Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) - A radiation therapy technique that utilises the most advanced imaging equipment and computer software. Learn more.
  • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) - A type of radiation therapy that uses one or more beams to deliver high energy x-rays to a cancerous tumour. Learn more.
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy - An advanced technique used to treat small, well defined tumours or high risk postoperative areas. Learn more.
  • Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) for left-sided breast cancer - Reduces the potential impact of radiation on the heart. Learn more.
  • 4DCT scanning

Read more about the services, treatment and the radiation oncologist who will treat you on the Cairns Icon Centre website.

How much does it cost?

There is free care for all patients with a Medicare card.

Patients can get discounted parking.

Make or change an appointment

To make an appointment at Icon Cancer Centre you need a referral from your GP or specialist doctor.

To make or change a treatment phone 07 4036 5200, Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

For health professionals

Referrals are accepted via Medical Objects or fax to 07 4036 5201.

For new patient clinic enquiries phone 07 4226 9579. For follow up clinic enquiries phone 07 4226 7070 or 07 4226 7071.

For urgent appointments, call 07 4226 0000 and ask for the radiation oncologist registrar on call.

Location

Cairns Hospital
Icon Cancer Centre located within Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre
E Block, Ground Level
249 - 251 Lake Street
Cairns Qld 4870

Last updated: November 2022