Kapow! Avengers battle cancer at Westmead Hospital

Radiation therapists Alison Brown, Hanh Vu, Rachel Ward, Ashlee Dunn, Simon Ashworth and John Fernandez.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled onto a Marvel blockbuster studio set at the Westmead Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) Radiation Oncology Department this week.

Favourite superheroes including Spider-Man, Black Widow and Iron Man took over the department as the team celebrated National Radiographers and Radiation Therapists Week, 4–10 November.

What’s the difference? Radiographers specialise in medical imaging including x-rays and ultrasounds to help doctors diagnose diseases and injuries, while radiation therapists administer the radiation used to treat cancer.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is decked out Spider-Man style.

The transformation also helped to raise awareness and funds for the Dry July campaign and promote Targeting Cancer, which recognises the significant role of radiation therapy in treating cancer.

CPMCC radiation therapist intern and Marvel Comics super-fan Ashlee Dunn was surprised by how enthused the staff were to decorate the department.

“I had no idea we had so many Marvel fans,” Ashlee said. 

“Our patients and staff really enjoyed walking into the transformed Marvel movie and comic blockbuster lair.”

Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre and CPMCC corridors also featured plenty of blue and orange decorations for National Radiographers and Radiation Therapists Week; an annual opportunity to celebrate these professionals and their vital role in modern healthcare.

To donate to the Westmead CPMCC Dry July campaign, visit https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/cpmcc-westmead-staff-and-patients.