For GPs

Videos about Radiation Therapy


Lex and Tricia’s story – Lex has never had a cold or sore throat in his life until he developed a slight cough and one side of his neck began to swell. Lex was diagnosed with a 4cm cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue.
Lex began radiation therapy at a regional centre in Queensland and talks about the multi-disciplinary team that is supporting him and his family through treatment.

For more information on head and neck cancer please visit the following useful resources.

Head and Neck Cancer Forum

Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Cancer Council

Accessing radiation therapy during COVID-19 – it is important that patients continue their treatments during the pandemic. Hear from radiation oncologists who are doing everything possible to deliver ongoing care safely.
That’s Where We Come In – learn more about the Targeting Cancer campaign and why it was created in this short video.

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Eight years ago, Nola was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and was referred to a radiation oncologist for treatment.

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Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer? Make sure you ask for a referral to a Radiation Oncologist as well as a Urologist.

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Below the Radar,  shows real patient stories about the value of radiation therapy (radiotherapy) and delivers the campaign messages about safety, effectiveness, cost effectiveness and the sophisticated technologies involved with radiation therapy. Below the Radar was broadcast on ABC News 24 on 6 & 7 February 2016.
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Episode 1: Real stories from well known Australians who’ve experienced radiation therapy

Episode 2: Latest advances in technology

Episode 3: Misconceptions of radiation therapy
Episode 4: The importance of knowing all your options

Julie McCrossin had oropharyngeal cancer treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy over 6 years ago.The videos follow Julie’s treatment journey, from diagnosis and treatment to embracing the future.

Part 2: Challenges and what helped

Part 3: Making the Immobilisation Mask

Part 4: Side effects of treatment

Part 5: Recovery

Part 6: Embracing the future

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

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

Thank you to our volunteers, doctors and patients who gave up their time to be involved.


The ‘Patient Pathway’ video below outlines the pathway that a patient will go through when being treated using radiation therapy.This video shows the roles of each of the specialties in the radiation oncology team including radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and radiation oncology medical physicists Watch this video to find out more about what happens  when the patient is actually having radiation therapy – including what the machine looks like, how it moves and sounds and what the staff will be doing to set-up and deliver the treatment. Remember you do not feel anything when the treatment machine is turned on.

The purpose of this video is to demystify radiation therapy by explaining what it is, who’s involved and explain the role of the radiation therapist.