As a leading centre for oncology in Malaysia, Gleneagles Hospital Penang’s Radiotherapy Centre treats over a thousand patients each year.
Our radiotherapists are trained to treat the following cancers:
- Brain tumours
- Head & neck cancers
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Genitourinary cancers (include Gynaecological cancers)
- Soft tissue sarcomas
Our Treatment Facilities and Equipment
The Radiotherapy Centre houses two Elekta linear accelerators that allow us to provide advanced cancer therapies such as:
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
Recently launched on 3rd December 2019, the new Elekta Versa HD is the latest radiation therapy treatment system designed to improve patient care and treat a broader spectrum of cancers.
The Elekta Versa HD has the versatility to deliver conventional radiotherapy in addition to advanced therapies such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and radiosurgery (SRS). With this new addition, our patients can enjoy shorter durations of radiotherapy, faster recovery as well as more targeted treatment while minimising side effects, supporting our commitment to provide the best possible treatment to our cancer patients.
Our Oncology and Radiotherapy Specialists
Gleneagles Hospital Penang has one of the largest team of specialists in treating cancer in the northern region of Malaysia. Our Cancer Centre houses a multi-disciplinary team of specialists led by Oncology & Radiotherapy specialists, who are ably supported by a dedicated team of experienced nurses who are trained to sensitively manage the physical and emotional needs of our cancer patients. Furthermore, a Tumour Board is set up to facilitate our team of specialists to regularly conduct case studies and obtain input from each other on the best treatment options for our patients.
A Guide to Radiotherapy
What is Radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy is the use of high energy x-rays (called ionising radiation) to treat cancer. Radiotherapy is delivered using a machine called a linear accelerator that directs the radiation beam to treat the area occupied by the cancer and a small area of normal tissue around it.
How Does Radiotherapy Work?
Radiotherapy uses high dose radiation to kill cancer cells, hence stopping them from growing and dividing.
What is the Aim of Radiotherapy?
- Destroy as many cancer cells as possible while limiting the damage to surrounding normal tissue
- Cure some cancers where possible, in combination with other treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery
- Control cancers by shrinking the tumours or by stopping them from spreading
- When cure is not possible, radiotherapy may be used to provide pain / symptom relief
What is the Process to Start Radiotherapy?
Once you have decided to receive radiotherapy treatment, your doctor will go through a process with you to prepare for treatment.
Your consent will be taken before you start radiotherapy. Your doctor will explain the treatment process, as well as the risks and benefits of radiotherapy. It is important that you understand the information given before signing the consent form. Please ask your doctor if you have any questions.
It may be necessary to have a cast or plastic mask custom-made for you. This helps you to stay still during treatment.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Each radiotherapy treatment session takes about 10 - 20 minutes. The full course of treatment may range anywhere from 1 day to 9 weeks to complete.
What are the Side Effects of Radiotherapy?
The side effects of radiotherapy vary from one individual to another. Most side effects are temporary and will gradually resolve within 4-6 weeks after treatment. Your radiation therapist will discuss the side effects you may experience at the beginning of your treatment. Please let your doctor or radiation therapist know if you experience any discomfort.
Note: It is important to ask your doctor if you can use any medicines, creams or remedies other than those prescribed as they may interfere with radiotherapy.
What Should I Eat During the Course of My Treatment?
It is recommended that you enjoy a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids during the course of your treatment.