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Our team

Team rolesAdministrative staff
Responsible for arranging appointments, booking scans, typing medical records, filing, and the day-to-day running of the radiation therapy department. They are also a great source of information for general questions.

Medical Physicists
Performs important roles behind the scenes working in all aspects of radiation therapy. They are responsible for developing and directing quality control programs for equipment and procedures. They also take precise measurements…

Will I be radioactive?

External beam radiation therapy (the type most people receive) won't make you radioactive. For this treatment the radiation is generated electrically (not using a radioactive source). No radiation remains in your body so it is fine to be around other people while you are having treatment. Brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy) treatment, delivers radiation using an implanted radioactive source which, while in place, will be emitting radiation. If you are receiving this type of treatment…

Does radiation therapy harm surrounding organs?

Radiation damages cancer cells and some surrounding healthy tissues.  For example, men with prostate cancer, who receive radiation therapy to the prostate, may experience bowel or bladder side effects because all these organs are located very close to each other.  Radiation is directed precisely and surrounding healthy organs are shielded as much as possible.

Talk with your Radiation Oncologist to learn what parts of your body could be affected by treatment and how to manage potential side effe…

Radiation Therapy

Radiation TherapyRadiation Oncology is part of the Waikato Regional Cancer Centre and is located in the Lomas Building at Waikato Hospital. We serve a wide geographical area including patients from the Waikato, Lakes, and Tairāwhiti District Health Boards (DHB).

It is one of nine Radiation Oncology departments in New Zealand.

Our services are primarily used for treating cancer patients but radiation therapy can be an effective form of treatment for several other health conditions.
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