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Auckland DHB Radiation Therapy

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Description

Radiation Therapy
Radiation Therapy is a painless, localised treatment of cancerous and some non-cancerous tumours with radiation. Radiation therapy machines produce high energy x-rays that are directed at an area identified by a doctor for treatment. The x-rays have a biological effect on cells within this area which stops them from reproducing.

Radiation Therapy may be used for curative cancer treatment or as palliative treatment (where cure is not possible and the aim is for local disease control or symptomatic relief) or as therapeutic treatment (where the therapy has survival benefit and it can be curative).

During treatment you don’t feel anything, but you may hear a quiet buzzing noise from the machine.

At Auckland Hospital, the Radiation Therapy Department is a team of over 60 professionals; doctors, radiation therapists, oncology nurses, medical physicists and allied health workers, working together to provide the best possible treatment and care. There are 7 treatment machines. Click here for a map.

What is Cancer?
Everyone’s body is made up of millions of cells, which normally grow, divide and are renewed in a balanced or programmed way. Sometimes this process is disrupted and the cells grow in an uncontrolled way – a solid group of these cells is called a tumour. Another word commonly used for tumour is growth and it can mean the same thing.

A tumour/growth can be benign (grows but will not spread into different parts of the body) or malignant (spreads into different parts of the body as well as grows locally). Tumours spread by cells travelling through the lymphatic system (the body’s cleaning system) to lymph nodes (often known as glands) or through blood to other organs in the body. These cells can then multiply. If this happens the cancer is called metastatic.
Cancer isn't contagious, so you can go on being close to family and friends.

Consultants

Referral Expectations

After receiving a letter requesting an appointment in the outpatient clinic, one of the consultant radiation oncologists working in the Department reviews these letters to determine who should be seen first, based on the information provided by the letter.  

Coming to your Appointment

  • Please report to our reception on L4 of Building 8
  • Show the receptionist your appointment card and take a seat at reception
  • A radiation therapist will call for you and check your name, address, phone numbers and birth date.

When you come to the Radiation Oncology Outpatient Department you will be seen by a member of the Radiation Oncology Team who will ask questions about your illness and examine you, and discuss management of your condition.
An information booklet called Radiation Therapy, Auckland City Hospital is provided when you meet your Radiation Oncologist (A doctor specialising in radiation treatment).
Further information will be given to patients and families when you visit the Department.
 

What to bring: 

  • Please bring any pain or anti-nausea medication you are taking with you to your appointments in case you need them
  • Also be sure to bring your appointment card with you.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Radiation Therapy - Simulation Appointment

    To plan your radiation treatment a CT scan of your body in the treatment position is needed.… More PDF

  • Radiation Therapy - Treatment

    For treatment you lie down on the bed in the same position you were at simulation.… More PDF

  • Side Effects of Radiation Therapy

    For information about side effects that you may experience, see Side Effects. More PDF

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Public Transport

Link Buses stop outside the hospital every 15 minutes.

Parking

  • Free parking is available outside the building and in the Domain.
  • Paid parking is available in the hospital car park.
     

Contact Details

Auckland City Hospital

Central Auckland

  • Patient enquiries

    (09) 375 4300

  • Known extension/pager

    (09) 307 4949

  • Admission & Planning Unit

    Ext 24210 / 23225 | Fax: (09) 375 7038

  • Acute Referrals Service

    (09) 375 7030, Ext: 24048 |Fax: (09) 307 2858

  • Emergency Department

    (09) 376 0000, open 24 hours / 7 days

  • Outpatient appointments & surgical booking enquiries

    (09) 638 0400 / scheduling@adhb.govt.nz 

Mental Health Services

  • 24 Hour Crisis Line

    0800 800717

  • GP / External Specialist Help Desk

    (09) 307 2800

Building 8
Auckland City Hospital
Park Rd
Grafton
Auckland.

Building 8 is an orange brick building behind the old main hospital. It is on your right when you drive through the new entrance and drop off area. If you are coming through the main foyer which is Level 5, Main Building, you need to go to Level 4 and follow the green line to take you to the Radiation Therapy Treatment site.

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Street Address

Building 8
Auckland City Hospital
Park Rd
Grafton
Auckland.

Building 8 is an orange brick building behind the old main hospital. It is on your right when you drive through the new entrance and drop off area. If you are coming through the main foyer which is Level 5, Main Building, you need to go to Level 4 and follow the green line to take you to the Radiation Therapy Treatment site.

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 4:15PM on September 7, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Radiation Therapy.