Dr Matthew Foote (Radiation Oncologist)
I am a radiation oncologist that specialises in the delivery of precision (stereotactic) radiation therapy (high energy X-rays) to a range of malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) brain tumours. Stereotactic radiation therapy, which includes Gamma Knife, can be used in some patients with both functioning and non-functioning pituitary tumours. The training that I required to practice this treatment technique was attained in Canada and since returning to Brisbane I have been involved in establishing these services locally, nationally and internationally. The highly technical aspects of this treatment combined with its effectiveness and minimal side effects is what initially attracted me to this subspecialty. The multidisciplinary nature of treating pituitary disorders, working with such a range of dedicated medical and allied health colleagues, as well as being able to improve the life of my patients makes this a most rewarding aspect of my work.
Outside of work I enjoy relaxing with family and friends. Over the past 6 years I have undertaken a number of endurance cycling and running events. My most notable achievement was completing the ‘Commrades Ultramarathon’ a 90km run in South Africa in 2017.