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Radiation Oncology (Radiotherapy)


Welcome to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) is a safe and effective cancer treatment. Our aim is always to deliver the safest, state-of-the-art radiation therapy for a variety of cancers (malignancies) and benign conditions with a focus on quality and a truly personalised patient experience. Radiotherapy is available at both the RAH and Lyell McEwin Hospital.

Our team of highly qualified radiation oncologists work closely with specialised multidisciplinary teams compromising surgeons (surgical oncologists), medical oncologists, haematologists, palliative care services, nursing and allied health professionals to deliver world class comprehensive cancer care.

Our experienced radiation oncology staff are made up of radiation oncologists (medical doctors), radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses, and administrative personnel, all of whom are dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate care.

We encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our service by clicking on the tabs below. is also a good place to learn more about modern radiation therapy.

Important information for Radiation Oncology patients relating to the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organisation has declared a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our usual processes are being changed to keep you as safe as possible.

Effective immediately, you will need to report to us by telephone (08 7074 4116) if you:

  • have travelled overseas or interstate in the last 14 days.
  • have had close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.
  • have a fever, sore throat, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • are living with someone in self-isolation.

We may make arrangements to conduct your appointment over the phone or via video conference in place of a face to face consultation, if required.

If attending for any type of appointment in our facility, you will have your temperature taken, and will be required to keep your distance from others, particularly if seated in a waiting room. Please use hand sanitizer on arrival.

If you have any concerns or queries about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects your treatment please discuss this with your treating doctor.

If you are attending our facility, we ask you to strictly follow SA Health advice on ‘stopping the spread’ of coronavirus.

Please refer to the SA Health website ( for up to date local information on COVID-19.

Australian Government COVID-19 health alerts can be found here:

Proton therapy comparative planning

The RAH team have been working on proton planning with multiple treatment planning systems and is able to offer a national comparative planning service to assist in the decision making and referral of patients overseas for proton therapy treatment.

Please view the Proton therapy comparative planning web page for more information

Available treatment techniques

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