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Radiotherapy

Sydney Adventist Hospital provides complete care for most forms of cancer including specialised radiation therapy. The Radiation Oncology Institute (formerly Sydney Radiotherapy & Oncology Centre) is located within the grounds of Sydney Adventist Hospital and is one of two treatment centres owned and operated by a dedicated team of cancer specialists.  The second centre is located in Gosford.


Services

The Radiation Oncology Institute features two modern linear accelerators, simulator and computerised Three Dimensional (3D) planning system, including IMRT, to customise radiation therapy for each patient. The 3D planning system provides the means to accurately calculate conformal radiation therapy that is delivered using the linear accelerators. For the patient, this means a more defined radiation dose to the tumour and lower doses to healthy tissues. This is aimed at higher success rates for tumour control and less side-effects from treatment.

The latest in radiotherapy machines was installed in the Wahroonga practice in 2005.  These Linear Accelerators enable delivery of conformal therapy using features such as MultiLeaf Collimation (MLC) and Electronic Portal Imaging (EPI) to ensure a more accurate dose delivery and treatment of a tighter tumour volume.  A similar machine was installed in Gosford in 2003, ensuring both Centres are capable of providing the most advanced radiation therapy programs.


Accommodation

Country patients who require a weekly radiotherapy program can be accommodated on the Hospital grounds at Jacaranda Lodge


Staff

Specialist Radiation Oncologists prescribe the treatment that is delivered daily by the Radiation Therapists. Specialist Registered Nurses and administration staff complete the team to provide a comprehensive cancer service aimed at reducing the stresses and difficulties normally associated with such an intensive treatment program.

The Radiation Oncologists are:

  • Dr. Richard A Foster B.Sc., B.Med.Sci., M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.R.    

Dr. Richard Foster graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1982 and has trained in radiation oncology at centres in Newcastle , then in Sydney at the Prince of Wales and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals .
In addition to his admission privileges at the Sydney Adventist Hospital , Dr. Foster consults at Gosford District Hospital and the Hornsby and Kuringai District Hospital as an Honorary Visiting Medical Officer.
Dr. Foster has published in the Australian Medical Literature and presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists. He has also presented discussion papers at the request of specialists and lay groups and refereed articles submitted to the College journal.
Dr Foster's main interests include cancers of the breast, prostate, bowel, lung, head and neck and an interest in palliative care.
His current memberships include RANZCR and ASTRO.

 

  • Dr. Edward C Sun M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.R.    

Dr. Edward Sun graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 and has undertaken specialty training at Westmead Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital. In 1984, he was awarded both the NSW State Cancer Council Training Fellowship in Radiotherapy and the C.E. Eddy Prize in the D.R.A.C.R. Part 1 examination.
After two years at the Institute of Radiotherapy Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, gaining experience in Gynaecological Oncology  and Brachytherapy, Dr Sun returned to join the Sydney Radiotherapy and Oncology practice in 1992 and currently consults at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Gosford, Hornsby , Kuringai Hospital and North Gosford Private Hospital.  He is a consultant in Radiation Oncology to the Central Coast Area Health Service. Dr Sun is also a Clinical Teacher with the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle. 
Current memberships of Dr Sun include ASTRO, ESTRO, ANZ Head and Neck Society and Australasian Brachytherapy Group .
Dr. Sun has particular interest in urological cancers, head and neck cancer lymphomas and Brachytherapy treaments of various malignancies including prostate and gynaecological cancers.

  • Dr. Amy Yuen Meei Teh BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons) FRANZCR

Dr. Amy Teh graduated with Honors from the University of New South Wales in 2001, and has undertaken specialty training in Radiation Oncology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, as well as Andrew Love Cancer Centre (Victoria), Austin and Ballarat Radiation Oncology Centers (Victoria).  Dr. Teh also undertook part of her specialty training at The Cancer Institute at the National University Hospital in Singapore where she worked primarily in Head and Neck and Gynecological Oncology. Dr. Teh pursued further research in Breast Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital in Canada, where she was awarded the “Weekend to End Breast Cancer Research Fellowship” for her work.  Whilst in Canada, Dr. Teh also worked in the areas of gynecological oncology, hematology and prostate cancers.  Dr. Teh has returned to join the Sydney and Central Coast Radiotherapy and Oncology Centers in August 2009.
Dr. Teh has published on breast cancer and lung cancer in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.  She has presented both locally and internationally, at the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists (RANZCR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Meeting in Los Angeles, and the University of Toronto Radiation Oncology Scientific Meeting in Toronto.
Dr. Teh is a member of the RANZCR, ASTRO, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), and Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology (CARO).  She continues with her research in breast cancer, and also has special interest in Palliative Medicine.

  • Dr Andrew Fong BSc (Med), MB, BS, FRANZCR

Dr Andrew Fong graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2000, and has undertaken specialty training at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal North Shore Hospital.  He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists in February 2009.
 Dr Fong was appointed one of the inaugural Hospira Withers and Peters Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists in 2009, and focused on research at the Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (CCORE) and at Liverpool Hospital.  His research evaluated the utilisation of breast cancer treatment, and he was lead author on a large multinational study comparing breast cancer treatment rates between Australia, Canada, and Scotland.  The results of his research were presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting in San Diego in November 2010, and he presented the full results at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas in December 2010. He has also presented papers locally at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney and Singapore.
 Dr Fong has published on breast cancer and electronic healthcare both locally in the Journal for Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, as well as internationally in The Breast, with articles still in press.  He is currently completing a Masters in Electronic Healthcare.
 Dr Fong is a member of RANZCR, and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group. He has been actively involved in teaching at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, as well having an appointment as a conjoint associate lecturer at the University of New South Wales, at the Liverpool Clinical School.  He is also Chair of the RANZCR Website Management Committee, with a focus on electronic learning.
 Dr Fong has particular interests in breast cancer, head and neck cancer, as well as intensity modulated radiation therapy.

  • Dr Lee Na Chong – BHB, MBChB, FRANZCR

Dr Lee Na Chong graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine New Zealand in 1999. Dr Chong completed specialty training at Concord Repatriation and General Hospital
In 2001 and Westmead and Nepean Cancer Care Centres in 2002.  Two Children and a short career break later, she was the awarded the Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College
Of Radiologist (RANZCR) in October 2008.
Dr Chong is a regular attendee at the Australasian Annual/Bi-annual Radiation Oncology Meetings including Leura Breast Meetings, Uro-oncology Group Meetings and Scientific Meetings for
Radiation Oncologists. Memberships include RANZCR, TROG (Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group) and the ANZ  BCT (Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trial Group). 

 

Referrals and Fees

GP or Specialist referrals are required for Radiation Therapy consultation. Most radiation therapy can be given on an out-patient basis. Fees are therefore rebated by Medicare, in-part, for most patients. Private Health Funds only reimburse part of the costs if the patient is admitted to hospital for the duration of the treatment. Discounts are offered for early payments and terms are available for those requiring time to pay. Eligible Repatriation patients are not charged for consultation or treatment as fees are paid for by the DVA.


Location

The Radiation Oncology Institute is conveniently located on the ground floor of the Shannon Building, (Level 3) Sydney Adventist Hospital. The Institute is accessed through the first Hospital entrance near Fox Valley Medical & Dental Centre (see map).  Designated parking is available for radiotherapy patients directly outside.


Further Information

Consultations are available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
 
Treatment appointments are made after planning has been arranged and treatment is available between 7:15am to 4:30pm.

For further information please visit our website or contact the Radiation Oncology Institute on (02) 9487 9300 or fax (02) 9487 9303.