Radiation Therapy

"The machine itself did not worry me but the mask I had to wear while receiving treatment was a bit daunting and claustrophobic at first, but I brought my own music for the team to play to take my mind off it. The sessions were only 15 minutes so I often reminded myself I only need to wear it for a very minimal period of my day.”
AYA patient

AYA Cancer Network Resources


Radiation Therapy Patient Information Videos

Radiation Therapy AYA Working Group

A number of passionate Radiation Therapists from around the country have formed this working group with the Network to improve the care given to AYAs within their service and to collaborate across centres.

For more information contact:


RT Working Group Terms of reference 2022

Professional Development

The AYA Cancer Network aims to support health professionals and other support providers working with young people with cancer.
If you follow the link you will find information on education and professional development opportunities available to you. If you know of any other opportunities please send details of these to ayacancer@adhb.govt.nz

Click here to go to the AYA Cancer Network Professional Development options

Support Directory

The following non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can provide a range of support services including counselling, to young people with cancer and their whānau.

The following organisations can provide support for young people and their whānau who need emotional and mental health support

Local hospital support teams i.e. social workers, psychologists, psychiatrist chaplaincy, Kaiatawhai and The Pacific Support Team

Heidi Watson

The Clinical Leader is responsible for providing clinical leadership and national oversight of the network .

Heidi is a passionate and experienced health professional with a strong clinical, education and leadership background. Her enthusiasm for, and commitment to youth health has focused on improving the outcomes of youth with cancer and chronic health conditions. Previously, Heidi held the position of AYA Cancer Nurse Specialist for Auckland District Health Board. Alongside her AYA clinical leadership role she holds a youth health academic position at the University of Auckland.