This video takes you on a tour of what chemotherapy is like for patients when they first attend our medical oncology services.
The presentation gives patients the opportunity to see and better understand what our hospital environment if like, what chemotherapy treatment will be like and what patients should do if they begin to feel unwell during or after their treatment.
Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Services
This video provides an overview of the specialist services we offer at the RBWH for Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology patients.
Within Cancer care, all AYA patient cases are presented at medical MDTs as well as psychosocial MDTs to ensure that young people and their families are well supported whilst in the care of our service. All AYA patients are provided care by our Cancer Care Services AYA Care Coordinator and are also seen by our specialist AYA social worker and AYA psychologist.
The RBWH AYA MDT includes specialist Haematologists, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Nurses, Care Coordinators, Radiation Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists and Welfare Officers and can also include Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists.
The RBWH AYA MDT is supported by the Queensland Youth Cancer Service (QYCS) who oversee the care of AYA Oncology patients across the state. Young people within our service also have the opportunity to access the Sony YouCan Centre, a purpose built centre at the RBWH for AYA patients and their families to retreat to during their hospital stay.
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) Radiation Therapy
Deep Inspiration Breath hold or DIBH is offered to all breast cancer patients and is a technique that has been implemented worldwide within radiation therapy to assist in treating breast cancers whilst minimising the radiation dose to patients lungs and heart.
DIBH works by only treating patients when they have inflated their lungs by breathing in to a deep breath hold for approximately 20 seconds. Patients are asked to hold their breath several times to allow treatment to be delivered. Patients are provided with training and visual aids to ensure that they can breathe in to the same breath hold repeatedly.
Within our department we have multiple motion management systems that evaluate patients respiratory motion to ensure accuracy of treatment delivery.
Authors: Brianna McCoola, Alice Grigg, Jemma Walsh