Cancer treatments

 

Systemic therapy

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. Sometimes only one drug is used. In 'combination chemotherapy', a number of drugs may be given at the same time.. Chemotherapy may be used before or after surgery or radiation therapy, or together with radiation therapy.

The most common way to deliver chemotherapy is via a drip in to a vein (intravenous), but chemotherapy can also be given as tablets or capsules that can be swallowed (oral chemotherapy). Other methods of giving chemotherapy also exist but are less common.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy is used to treat cancers that are sensitive to our body's hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone. Hormonal therapy is typically used to treat prostate cancer, some breast cancers or other gynaecological cancers. It may be used with other treatments such as chemotherapy, targeted therapies or radiation therapy.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is drugs that specifically target cancer cells and block the signals that tell them to grow. Some cancers are suitable for targeted therapies and some are not. If the cancer type is known to be responsive to targeted therapies, the medical oncologists will send a tumour sample for testing to determine if it would potentially respond to targeted therapies before prescribing this type of treatment.

Some targeted therapies are used in combination with chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy, and with or without radiation therapy. Sometimes they are used by themselves.

Radiotherapy

The booklets below outline a range of radiotherapy information for patients, families and carers.

Radiotherapy information for patients, families and carers PDF Document Radiotherapy information for patients, families and carers (1.31 MB)

The Central Coast Cancer Centre, located at Gosford Hospital,
provides the community with the best possible holistic care
– close to home and without the need to travel to Sydney
or Newcastle. Radiation oncology services are bulk billed
through Medicare, which means no cost to patients.


DIBH cover PDF Document Deep Inspiration Breath Hold technique for patients with left sided breast cancer (460 KB)

The Deep Inspiration Breath Hold technique offers advantages
for treating left sided breast cancer. In this technique, patients
are asked to hold their breath for 20-30 seconds during
radiotherapy planning and every day for treatment.


Radiotherapy for anal cancers PDF Document Radiotherapy for anal cancers (788 KB)

This booklet should be read along with the ‘radiotherapy
information for patients, families & carers’ booklet which
contains information about our staff and the services available
at the Central Coast Cancer Centre.


Radiotherapy for breast cancerPDF Document Radiotherapy for breast cancer (623 KB)

The Central Coast Cancer Centre offers the latest
advancements in breast radiotherapy treatment.

This booklet should be read along with the ‘Radiotherapy
information for patients, families and carers’ booklet, which
contains information about the services and staff available at
the Central Coast Cancer Centre.


Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer cover PDF Document Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer (810KB)

The Central Coast Cancer Centre offers the latest
technological advancements combined with comprehensive
and supportive care for patients undergoing head and neck
radiotherapy treatment. The service is supported by many
health professionals including radiation oncologists, clinical
nurse practitioners, dietitians, speech pathologists and a
dental team.


Radiotherapy for lung cancer PDF Document Radiotherapy for lung cancer (684 KB)

The Central Coast Cancer Centre offers the latest
technological advancements combined with a comprehensive
supportive care service for patients undergoing radiotherapy
treatment for lung cancer.

This booklet should be read along with the ‘Radiotherapy
information for patients, families and carers’ booklet.


Radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer PDF Document Radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer (1.09 MB)

The Central Coast Cancer Centre offers the latest
technological advancements combined with a comprehensive
supportive care service for patients undergoing radiotherapy
treatment for oesophageal cancer.

This booklet should be read along with the ‘Radiotherapy
information for patients, families and carers’ booklet.


Radiotherapy for rectal cancer PDF Document Radiotherapy for rectal cancer (784 KB)

The Central Coast Cancer Centre offers the latest
technological advancements combined with comprehensive
and supportive care for patients undergoing radiotherapy
treatment for rectal cancer.

This booklet should be read along with the ‘Radiotherapy
information for patients, families & carers’ booklet.


Referring medical practitioners PDF Document Referring medical practitioners (1.51 MB)

The aim of the Cancer Centre is to ensure that the Central Coast
community has access to the best possible holistic care – free of
cost and free from stress.

Set in a peaceful, relaxing and highly functional environment,
Central Coast patients can access high quality, modern
radiotherapy treatments close to home without needing to
travel to Sydney or Newcastle.