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Cancer - Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology team use various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer, control the growth of the cancer or to relieve symptoms, such as pain. We understand the importance of research in discovering, designing and testing new treatments, and are actively involved in multiple clinical trials and research projects.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

St Vincent’s Hospital  Western Health Box Hill Hospital

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre 


University of South Australia 

Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Institutes and Ingham Institute 


Research Team

Research Staff

Medical Physics

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Therapy

Thu Tran – Research Lead 

William Patterson

Flavio Nelli

Michael Francis - Research Lead 

Dr Rod Lynch 

Shane Brasier - Research Lead 

Philip Moloney

Tom Ffrench

Grace Donahoo


Featured Publications

Shared vision for a state-wide patient data exchange solution. Thompson, K. ASMIRT-NZIMRT 2020 Conference [Postponed until 2021]. Conference Abstract.

The effect of the horizontal metallic drive on reference dosimetry in the SNC 3D scanner water tank. Aftab S, Barnes MP, Doebrich M, Lehmann J. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2020; 21(4):95-101.
Cited By  

Development of a multicentre automated model to reduce planning variability in radiotherapy of prostate cancer. Panettieri, V., Ball, D., Chapman, A., Cristofaro, N., Gawthrop, J., Griffin, P., Herath, S., Hoyle, S., Jukes, L., Kron, T., Markham, C., Marr, L., Moloney, P., Nelli, F., Ramachandran, P., Smith, A. and Hornby, C.J. Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology. 2019 11: 34–40.
Cited By   Citation in Context

A Model-based Algorithm to correct for the loss of Backscatter in Superficial X-ray Radiation Therapy. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract].  Harwood, JR., Nelli, FE. Physica Medica. 2019, 65: 157-166.

Design and Synthesis of an Organic Nanostructure to Combine Adjuvant Radiotherapy with Photodynamic Treatment to Enhance Radiation Effects. Geso, M., Blencowe, A., Lynch, R., Mathlum, M., Patterson, W. In: Proceedings of the Amercian Society for Radiation Oncology 61st Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, USA, 15 – 18 September 2019. Conference Abstract.

PSMA‐PET‐ seeing what others can't. Bowe S, Glenn C. 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, Perth, Australia, 24-26 March 2017. Conference Abstract.

VMAT-FFF Lung-SBRT QA: A Method for Routinely Assessing the Dosimetric Impact of the Interplay Effect. Nelli, F., Harwood, J. In:  Engineering and Physics Science in Medicine, Sydney Australia, 2016. Conference Abstract.

VMAT 5 years on ‐ the Geelong experience. Chandler S, Bowe S. InL 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, Brisbane, Australia, 22‐24 April 2016. Conference Abstract.

SBRT for Medically Inoperable Lung Cancer Using VMAT with FFF Beams: Early Experience at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre. Hui AC, Francis MP, Chandler S, Nelli FE, Pitson G. Australian Lung Cancer Conference [Details Unknown]. Conference Abstract.

Impact of Altered Radiotherapy Fractionation Schedules on Acute Skin Toxicity in Breast Cancer. Nguyen K, Pitson G, French T. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Conference [Details Unknown]. Conference Abstract.


Support Our Research

Participate in a Clinical Trial

To find out about clinical trials currently underway at Barwon Health, click here


Clinical trials require ongoing investment and there are several ways to support this amazing work.

You can make a donation today and contribute to an item on our research wish list, consider a bequest in your will, or establish a lasting legacy fund in your name. No matter what size, your philanthropic support with deliver an immediate impact.

To donate now or for more information and further discuss your support, please contact the Barwon Health Foundation.

Wish List

$25,000 will fund a Research Assistant to conduct a project that uses data to help decision- making for oncology patients. The aim is to more accurately predict potential outcomes of treatment in terms of factors such as life expectancy and quality of life, so the patient can make a more informed decision.

Last Modified: Thursday, 22 October 2020

Research Leads

Dr Graham Pitson, MBBS, FRANZCR
Director of Radiation Oncology

Michael Francis Web P1056920

Dr Michael Francis, MBBS, FRANZCR
Interim Clinical Lead – Radiation Oncology

Shane Brasier Web P1056926

Shane Brasier, BAppSc
Operations Manager Radiotherapy

Thu Tran Web P1056921

Thu Tran, BSc (Hons), MAppSc, EMBA
Chief Medical Physicist

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