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Increased investment in radiation therapy in New Zealand

The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and Minister for Health, Dr David Clark, announced plans to replace 12 linear accelerators (linacs), machines used to deliver radiation as part of the treatment of cancer, across New Zealand over the ...

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Collaborating with local health networks to improve knowledge about radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is a highly targeted and highly effective cancer treatment. It contributes to ...

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New Zealand Horizon Summit puts radiation therapy on the forefront of parliament’s agenda

Improving access to potentially life-saving radiation therapy for thousands of New Zealand ...

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Targeting Cancer at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Conference 2019

The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) met for their annual Congress in the ...

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Radiation Therapy: Nola’s Story

Eight years ago, Nola was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and was referred to a radiation oncologist for treatment. Watch this short video to find out how radiation therapy helped cure her cancer and why she is passionate about breaking down myths and misconceptions around radiation therapy.

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Videos about Radiation Therapy

This short film, called Targets, showcases radiation therapy as a safe, effective and sophisticated treatment for patients with cancer

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About Targeting Cancer

About Targeting Cancer

1 in 2 cancer patients would benefit from radiation therapy at some time during their cancer experience 1. However, less than 1 in 3 patients in Australia and New Zealand will actually receive radiation therapy 2.

The Radiation Oncology Targeting Cancer Campaign is an initiative of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)*.

The Campaign aims to increase awareness of radiation therapy as an effective, safe and sophisticated treatment for cancer. It is designed to reach people with cancer, their families and loved ones to improve their knowledge and access to this (sometimes overlooked) treatment.

The Campaign also strives to educate health professionals about radiation therapy, in particular, general practitioners. This website is a trusted source of information developed by radiation oncologists who are the medical specialists highly trained in the care of patients with cancer, in particular, where management may involve the use of radiation therapy.

The Campaign team continues to undertake many activities, including the development and delivery of useful resources about radiation therapy, to assist those touched by cancer, now or in the future.

If you would like to find out more about the Campaign, please contact us.

* The Faculty of Radiation Oncology, RANZCR, is the peak bi-national body advancing patient care and the specialty of radiation oncology through setting of quality standards, producing excellent radiation oncology specialists, and driving research, innovation and collaboration in the treatment of cancers.

1. Barton M., Jacob S., Shafig J., Wong K., Thompson S., Hanna T., Delaney G. National & International Benchmarks set following study of delivery of Radiotherapy Services: ‘Review of Radiotherapy Optimal Utilisation Rates’. Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CCORE), Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 2013: p6.

2. Gabriel G, Barton M, Delaney G.Does travel distance affect radiotherapy utilisation in NSW and the ACT? Presentation at 2014 Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference.