Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART)

Adaptive radiation therapy is a radiation therapy process. We use it to adapt treatment to account for internal anatomical changes

Some organs in the body that need radiation therapy can change in size and shape. These changes can happen over the days and weeks that a course of treatment can take. The aim of Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART) is to account for these changes. It lets us deliver the radiation dose to the tumour with great accuracy. 

What we use Adaptive Radiation Therapy for 

We use ART most often used with bladder cancer. The bladder can vary a lot in size and shape when full or empty, and ART considers this during treatment. Applications of ART to other areas of the body are evolving. 

What Adaptive Radiation Therapy means to you 

Image-guided radiation therapy is essential when we include ART in radiation therapy treatments. We take images before or during your treatment. These let the radiation therapy team see the shape and size of the area needing treatment. We then adapt the treatment for any observed changes. This delivers the most exact treatment daily. 

The ART Team 

We plan and deliver ART at our five radiation therapy sites. These sites are in Melbourne, Bendigo, Box Hill, Moorabbin and Sunshine.  

Our team of specialists will plan and deliver ART. This team includes radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and medical physicists. A range of other professionals will also support you. These professionals include nurses and allied health practitioners. Our radiation therapy team is proud to offer this treatment. We are developing and progressing treatment options for the people of Victoria.

Related links

Cancer Council