Radiation Oncology / Medical Physics / Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG)
Radiation Oncologists and Medical Physicists specialise in the assessment, management, and treatment of cancer using state of the art imaging techniques and equipment. The delivery of high quality radiotherapy treatment utilises linear accelerators, brachytherapy units, simulators and 3-D planning systems.
The department is staffed by medical, nursing, allied health, personnel and plays an active role in the development of integrated cancer research, promoting a multidisciplinary approach to care. Research in the department is focused on ways to predict and monitor the delivery of more targeted therapy in order to spare healthy tissue. This involves the use of computer modelling and surrogate 'phantoms' that simulate the human body.
Many of the Radiation Oncologists are active members of the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), Australia and New Zealand's specialist clinical research group for cancers that can be treated with radiotherapy.
TROG clinical trials are available to cancer patients at Calvary Mater Newcastle and include studies to improve treatment for breast, rectum, prostate, oesophagus, lung, bladder, lymphoma, melanoma, brain tumours and bone metastases.