EBRT (External Beam Radiation)

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A list of hospitals and medical centres in Australia using EBRT for treatment of prostate cancer is below. There are possibly many more radiotherapy centres that I have not located . If you know of any not on the list or additional information,  please let me know via a message. Thanks.

Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, is often used to treat all stages of prostate cancer, or when surgery fails. Radiotherapy uses ionizing radiation to kill prostate cancer cells. Two different kinds of radiation therapy are used in prostate cancer treatment: external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy.

External beam radiation therapy uses a linear accelerator (Linac) to produce high-energy x-rays which are directed in a beam towards the prostate. A technique called Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) may be used to adjust the radiation beam to conform with the shape of the tumour, allowing higher doses to be given to the prostate and seminal vesicles with less damage to the bladder and rectum. External beam radiation therapy is generally given over several weeks, with daily visits to a radiation therapy centre. New types of radiation therapy may have fewer side effects then traditional treatment, one of these is Tomotherapy (not available in Australia, Mar 2008). Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is the process of frequent two and three-dimensional imaging, during a course of radiation treatment, used to direct radiation therapy utilizing the imaging coordinates of the actual radiation treatment plan.  Radiotherapy treatment centres with modern equipment might offer IMRT and IGRT.

Radiation therapy is commonly used in prostate cancer treatment. It may be used instead of surgery for early cancers, and it may also be used in advanced stages of prostate cancer to treat painful bone metastases. Radiation treatments also can be combined with hormonal therapy for intermediate risk disease, when radiation therapy alone is less likely to cure the cancer. Some radiation oncologists combine external beam radiation and brachytherapy for intermediate to high risk situations. One study found that the combination of six months of androgen suppressive therapy combined with external beam radiation had improved survival compared to radiation alone in patients with localized prostate cancer. Others use a "triple modality" combination of external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy, and hormonal therapy.

Radiation therapy is often offered to men whose medical problems make surgery more risky. Radiation therapy appears to cure small tumours that are confined to the prostate just about as well as surgery. However, some issues remain unresolved, such as whether radiation should be given to the rest of the pelvis, how much the absorbed dose should be, and whether hormonal therapy should be given at the same time.

Dose: The amount of radiation used in radiation therapy is measured in gray (Gy), and varies depending on the type and stage of cancer being treated. For curative (radical) cases, the typical dose for a solid epithelial tumour ranges from 60 to 80 Gy.

Fractionation: The total dose is fractionated (spread out over time) in order to give normal cells time to recover. Fractionation regimes are highly individualised between different radiotherapy centres and even between individual doctors. In the USA, Australia, and Europe, the typical fractionation schedule for adults is 1.8 to 2 Gy per day, five days a week.

Side effects: After a few weeks into treatment, both types of radiation therapy may cause diarrhoea and rectal bleeding due to radiation proctitis, as well as urinary incontinence and impotence. Symptoms tend to improve over time. Men who have undergone external beam radiation therapy may have a higher risk of later developing colon cancer and bladder cancer.

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Locations for External Beam Radiotherapy (EBRT, IMRT, IGRT).

Sorted by Postcode within each State.
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Radiation Oncology Department, Canberra Hospital.
Yamba Drv
Garran, ACT, 2605
Facilities: EBRT with fiducial markers.
Tel: (02) 6244 2222
Web: Website


Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Radiation Oncology
High Street,
Randwick, NSW, 2031
Facilities: IMRT
Tel: (02) 9382 2501
Fax: (02) 9382 3420
Web: Website

The Mater Hospital
Level 6, Mater Medical Centre
200 Pacific Highway
Crows Nest, Sydney NSW 2065
Facilities: EBRT
Tel: (02) 9929 2625

Treatment Centre
The Mater Hospital
Lower Ground Floor
Rocklands Road
North Sydney NSW 2060
Tel: (02) 9929 2600

Royal North Shore Hospital
Northern Sydney Cancer Centre
Radiation Oncology Department
Pacific Highway and Reserve Road
St. Leonards, Sydney NSW 2065
Facilities: IMRT
Tel: (02) 9463 1300
Fax: (02) 9463 1087
Web: Website

Westmead Hospital
Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre
Level 1, Cnr Darcy Road and Hawkesbury Road ,
Westmead, NSW, 2145
Tel: (02) 9845 5200
Fax: (02) 9845 6391
Web: Website

St George Hospital
Cancer Care Centre,
1 Short Street,
Kogarah, NSW, 2217
Tel: (02) 9113 3943
Fax: (02) 9113 3958
Web: Website

Port Macquarie Base Hospital - Public
North Coast Cancer Institute
Wrights Road, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (02) 6580 1807
Fax: 02 6580 1762
Web: Website

Coffs Harbour Health Campus
North Coast Cancer Institute
345 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (02) 6656 5737
Fax: (02) 6656 5855
Web: Website

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

Corner Borella Road and East Street
East Albury NSW 2640
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (02) 6043 7800
Fax: (02) 6024 1418
Web: Website

Riverina Cancer Care Centre
31 Meurant Avenue,
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Facilities: IMRT
Tel: (02) 6932 1000
Web: Website
Email: Contact

Central West Cancer Care Centre
1530 Forest Road,
Orange, NSW, 2800

Facilities: IMRT
Tel: (02) 6369 3380
Fax: (02) 6360 3868
Web: Website

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Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre
Rocklands Drive
Tiwi 0810 NT
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT, VMAT
Tel: (08) 8944 8220
Fax (08) 8944 8222
Email Contact
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The Wesley Hospital
451 Coronation Drive, Auchenflower
Brisbane Qld 4066 
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (07) 3232 7000
Fax: (07) 3371 6834
Web: Website

Cancer Care Centre
St Andrew's Hospital
280 North Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT

Web: Website
State-of-the art facilities!
Servicing Southern and Western Queensland.

Townsville Hospital - Public
100 Angus Smith Drive
Douglas, Townsville Qld 4814
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT, VMAT
Tel: (07)44331111
Web: Website

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Royal Adelaide Hospital  
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000
Facilities: EBRT, IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (08) 8222 4000
Fax: 08 8222 5939
Web: Website

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W P Holman Clinic
Royal Hobart Hospital
48 Liverpool Street
Hobart, TAS, 7000
Facilities: 3DCRT, IMRT, IGRT
Tel:  (03) 6166 8000
Fax: (03) 6222 8762
Web: Website

W. P. Holman Clinic
Launceston General Hospital
287 - 289 Charles St.
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel:  (03) 6777 6140
Fax: (03) 6331 6371
Web: Website

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Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

Corner Borella Road and East Street
East Albury NSW 2640
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (02) 6043 7800
Fax: (02) 6024 1418
Web: Website


Epworth Freemasons
Basement, 166 Clarendon St
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (03) 9483 3331
Fax: (03) 9483 3332
Web: Website

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
305 Grattan Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (03) 8559 6000
Fax:(03) 8559 7379
Web: Website

William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre
South Block, The Alfred
55 Commercial Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
Tel: (03) 9076 2337
Fax: (03) 9076 2916
Web: Website

Epworth Richmond
Level 4 Epworth Centre

32 Erin Street
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: (03) 9936 8277
Fax: (03) 8420 1950

Ringwood Radiation Oncology Centre
Ringwood Private Hospital
36 Mount Dandenong Road
Ringwood East VIC 3135
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: 03 8870 3300
Fax: 03 8870 3388
Web: Website

Epworth Radiation Oncology
28/30 Ryot St
Warrnambool VIC 3280
Tel: (03) 5565 2000
Fax: (03) 5565 2001

Gippsland Radiation Oncology
Gippsland Cancer Care Centre
Latrobe Regional Hospital
Princes Highway
Traralgon West VIC 3844
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (03) 5173 8770
Fax: (03) 5173 8473

Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre
Stewart Street
Bendigo VIC 3952
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Tel: (03) 5454 9234
Web: Website

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Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Public)
Radiation Oncology Cancer Centre
Gairdner Dr
Nedlands WA 6009
Facilities: IMRT, IGRT
Web: Website
Tel: (08) 6383 3000

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