Adjuvant (supplemental) radiation therapy uses high-energy rays (such as X-rays) to kill cancer cells or shrink tumours. Most commonly, radiation therapy is used to kill any cancer cells that remain in the breast, chest wall or underarm area after surgery. It is also used to treat the healthy breast tissue that remains after a lumpectomy – not to kill cancer cells that have remained, but to radiate the tissue to prevent it from creating breast cancer cells again.

The Strathfield Breast Centre has three radiation oncologists as part of its multidisciplinary team. Advice is provided concerning the role of radiotherapy in breast conservation both for breast cancer and for ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS). The role of radiotherapy following mastectomy is discussed as well as its role in the metastatic setting.

Dr Susan Carroll MB BS FRANZCR

Susan Carroll is a Senior Staff specialist in Radiation Oncology at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse situated at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Campus in Camperdown and the Concord Cancer Centre located at Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Susan consults at Lifehouse, Strathfield Private Hospital and Concord Cancer Centre. She subspecialises in Breast cancer and actively participates in translational and clinical research in collaboration with the Garvin Institute, and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group.

The treatment machines are situated in the Radiation Oncology Department at Lifehouse in Camperdown on the Royal Prince Alfred Campus and are equipped with state of the art technology. Here Susan works with a wonderful team of dedicated and experienced professionals. The department has free, on-site dedicated parking for patients on treatment.

Dr Rebecca Chin MB BS (Hons) FRANZCR

Rebecca Chin is an experienced Radiation Oncologist with the Multi-Disciplinary Breast Team here at The Strathfield Breast Centre. She has been delivering comprehensive breast treatment for the last twenty years in her role as a consultant Radiation Oncologist. Rebecca regularly attends national and international meetings to keep abreast of recent advances in treatment, new technology and the evolving role of radiotherapy in various cancers. Such meetings provide radiation oncologists with the scientific basis for current therapeutic managements as well as providing the opportunity for personal networking between peers in this speciality field.

Rebecca treats patients at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga. The Practice has 2 linear accelerators with special equipment for accurate planning of treatment, with 3 dimensional conformal radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). During 2014 a new department became functional, with a state of the art tomotherapy unit being available for treatments as well as 2 new linear accelerators. At the Practice a dedicated radiotherapy, physics and nursing staff supports Dr Chin in providing external beam therapy and brachytherapy.

Dr Verity Ahearn MB BS FRANZCR

Verity was appointed a staff specialist at Westmead, now the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre(CPMC), in 1996. Following specialty training at Westmead, Verity undertook a Fellowship in paediatric radiation oncology in Toronto, Canada, and then worked for three years at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London in a busy breast cancer practice as a Fellow and locum consultant. Verity is now the Director of the Sydney West Radiation Oncology Network (Westmead, Nepean, and Blacktown). She has been involved in the development of patient and clinician guidelines for breast cancer through the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre as well as the Cancer Institute NSW.

Verity has been the principal investigator of several national and international breast cancer clinical trials in which women from Westmead have participated. She is the Trial Chairperson of the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group trial “PET scans for locally advanced breast cancer and diagnostic MRI to determine the extent of operation and radiotherapy (PET LABRADOR).

CPMCC has four linear accelerators and all patients are managed with the best available technologies, while remaining focussed on the care of the individual with a dedicated team of radiation therapists, nurses and physicists.