Why choose us
Since 2005, we have been treating and caring for radiotherapy patients in the mid-west. The Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre is the only specialist radiotherapy treatment centre in Limerick.
Operated by Mater Private Network, our expert team offers a wide range of radiotherapy treatment options. We deliver personalised care, looking after the needs of all our patients.
The centre opened in October 2005 following a local collaborative project between the HSE Mid-West, the Mid-Western Hospitals Development Trust and Mater Private Network. You will find us located on the grounds of University Hospital Limerick, where we work as part of the wider cancer services team in the hospital. All radiotherapy patients in the region, both public and insured patients, have access to treatment here in our centre.
Initially, we opened with one linear accelerator offering external beam treatment in 2005. In March 2009 a second was installed offering more advanced treatment options.
All common cancer sites are treated at the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre including but not limited to:
Radiotherapy - Treatment
- head and neck
Radiotherapy - Palliative
- used to shrink or slow down cancer
- to control symptoms
- to improve quality of life
Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays to cure or control cancer; it's a very common cancer treatment.
There a number of radiotherapy treatments offered here at the centre:
- External beam radiotherapy
- IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy Treatment)
- IGRT (Image Guided Radiotherapy Treatment)
- SGRT (Surface Guided Radiotherapy)
- DIBH (Deep Inspiration Breathhold)
- Brachytherapy consultation
Explore our services
Radiotherapy is used to treat and cure cancer, often referred to as curative radiotherapy. In other cases it is used to control symptoms caused by the cancer, known as palliative radiotherapy.
On your first visit you will meet with a doctor called a consultant radiation oncologist and members of the team who will look after you. Your past medical history will be reviewed, you will be examined and treatment options will be discussed with you.
One of our nursing team members will accompany you to meet the consultant. They will go over your consultation notes together with you, offer guidance on preparing for your treatment, and address any questions you may have.
Before you commence your treatment, you will be required to attend the Cancer Centre for a CT planning scan. This scan will take approximately 30 minutes and will help your consultant and our physics team to devise a treatment plan specifically for you. Any particular preparation required for this scan will be discussed with you at your initial consultation and confirmed when arranging your treatment dates. Our patient support team will also register you for your treatments at this appointment.
Once your plan has been completed and approved, a member of our patient support team will be in touch with a treatment start date. They will review any preparations for your treatment with you also.
When you arrive at the radiotherapy department, you will be greeted by the administration team at the main reception desk.
Our nursing, dietician and administration team are available to support you during your treatments with us, and we are happy to help with any questions you may have.
Treatment hours: Monday to Friday | 8am - 8pm.
Eating well during radiotherapy treatment for cancer needn’t be a chore and it is a vitally important part of ensuring good treatment outcomes for patients. That is precisely why the dietetics team at Mater Private Network’s Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre in Limerick have released the Nourish Cookbook.Download Nourish Cookbook (pdf) | 5.48MB
Kerry Cancer Support Group offers a free bus service to bring patients from Kerry-Limerick for their radiotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre. This service runs 5 days a week.