New radiotherapy film makes cancer treatment clear
24 September 2015
The radiotherapy department at Southend Hospital has produced a short film aimed at radiotherapy patients, their families and friends.
The video, which aims to demystify radiotherapy and provide
reassurance to patients about to undergo treatment, was created in
conjunction with the department and Southend-based film company
Curious Spirit Pictures
Nicolai Greet, radiotherapy services manager, who helped with
the script, said: "When patients receive their diagnosis there is a
lot of information for them to take on board. It's a scary time and
it can be difficult to access accurate information. This video will
ensure patients access to appropriate information which they can
share with family and friends to help them gain a better
There are many misconceptions with regards to radiotherapy and
news reports in recent years have painted a negative picture of the
treatment, which is something award-winning filmmaker Dan Baker
wanted to help address with this film.
"Most people don't realise that radiotherapy is the second
most-effective way to treat cancer behind surgery," said Dan,
adding, "and although the radiotherapy team at Southend is
relatively small, I hope that this film will go some way to
supporting their passion and innovation for enhancing
The video features the journey and process a patient will go
through when undergoing radiotherapy treatment. This includes the
linear accelerator (LINAC) device which delivers high energy x-rays
to the region of the patient's tumour.
Also happy with the production of the video is the team at the
Macmillan Informaiton and Support Centre, based in Southend
Hospital, which also features in the short film.
Centre manager, Friederiche Englund, said: "Radiotherapy can
have a dramatic impact on every aspect of a patient's life and on
those close to him or her. Often it is difficult to know who to ask
for help and support. A film giving information about radiotherapy
and the impact it can have on everyday life can highlight the
general themes to a wide audience and include information where to
go for further help.."
The video is now available on Southend University Hospital's
YouTube channel, can be viewed here and
is also being shared across its social media on Twitter and