Alfred Health

Lead academic: Professor Geoff Webb
Aim: To optimise radiation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy in which a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to an area of the body requiring treatment. Ideally, the seed will deliver an optimal dose of radiation to destroy tumor cells but protect delicate tissue. During prostate cancer treatment the radioactive seed is placed inside the prostate. Planning this treatment is a manual and time consuming burden to radiotherapists.

In partnership with Alfred Health and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Monash IT researchers developed clever algorithms to assist radiotherapists in delivering optimal doses of Brachytherapy treatments. Our researchers developed an interactive optimisation approach so that clinicians can integrate these algorithms into effective and time efficient treatment, planning and practice, and improve the lives of patients.

Peter MacCallum Cancer CentreThe Alfred

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