Radiotherapy

The Radiotherapy Department was initiated in October 1994. We are the first private hospital with Radiotherapy Services in the southern region of Malaysia and we have achieved 20 years of clinical experience on cancer treatment. Since then, we have upgraded our technology from conventional treatment to advance technology.

Radiotherapy

Mahkota’s Radiotherapy Department is led by three full-time radiation oncologists and supported by a group of highly trained medical professionals including three Medical Physicists and five Radiation Therapists.

The department is equipped with a comprehensive range of medical equipment including CT simulator, treatment planning system and linear accelerator with the capability of performing three-dimensional (3D) conformal radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT).

VMAT is one of the most advanced and sophisticated external beam radiation therapy treatments currently available which establishes a new standard for radiation therapy treatment speed and dose reduction to the patient. With VMAT, single or multiple radiation beams sweep in uninterrupted arc(s) around the patient, dramatically speeding treatment delivery. Doctors can use VMAT with complete or partial arc(s) to reduce treatment times from eight to twelve minutes required for “conventional” radiation therapy to as few as two minutes.

IGRT with three-dimensional volume imaging technology integrated into treatment systems increases the precision of VMAT. This enables physicians to visualise the tumour target at the time of treatment delivery to maximise the radiation dose to the target and minimises exposure to surrounding healthy tissues.

Patient may need to undergo a CT simulation before radiation therapy is carried out. CT images produced from the CT simulation will be used to formulate customised treatment plan for each patient.

Thereafter, radiation therapy is administered externally via linear accelerator in regimented doses. During treatment, patient is placed comfortably on a treatment couch. The treatment, which lasts about 15 minutes, is painless. Radiation therapy is given five days a week while the whole course of treatment varies from one to seven weeks depending on the size, location and type of cancer.

 

Operating Hours

8:30 am – 5:30 pm      (Monday – Friday)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm    (Saturday)

 

Where are we located?

Basement, Mahkota Medical Centre

 

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