Dr Lara Best
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Dr Lara Best

Dr Lara Best
Lara
Best
FRCPC, Med, Radiation Oncologist

Languages spoken

English

Overview

Centres

St Stephen's Hospital (Oncology)
St Stephen's Hospital (Oncology)

1 Medical Pl, Urraween QLD 4655, Australia

-25.2995809064844, 152.823651786477
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Specialises in

Benign
Condition
Condition/Benign Conditions
Brain & spine cancer
Condition
Condition/Cancer
Condition/Cancer/Brain and Spine Cancer
Head & neck cancer
Condition
Condition/Cancer
Condition/Cancer/Head and Neck Cancer
Lung cancer
Condition
Condition/Cancer
Condition/Cancer/Lung Cancer
Skin cancer
Condition
Condition/Cancer
Condition/Cancer/Skin Cancer

Treatments

Benign treatments
Service
Service/Benign
Service/Benign/Benign
Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH)
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH)
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
Palliative radiation therapy
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Palliative Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Radiation Therapy
Stereotactic ablative/body radiation therapy (SABR/SBRT)
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR)
Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)

Special clinical interests in brain, spine, head, neck, lung, upper GI and skin cancers, palliative radiation therapy and benign conditions particularly Dupuytren’s contracture & keloids.

Dr Lara Best is based in the Wide Bay area and attends GenesisCare clinics in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

Dr Best completed medical school at Queen’s University in Canada (2008) and completed Radiation Oncology training at Western University in Canada in 2013. She completed 2 fellowships, one at Calvary Mater Newcastle and the other at Queens University (Canada).

She went on to work at the Nova Scotia Cancer Center (Canada), where she was the provincial lead for brain & spine tumors, skin cancers and benign conditions. She was also the assistant Registrar training program director and very involved in teaching at the postgraduate level.

She completed a Masters of Education in 2019 focusing on the impact of technology on registrar learning in the Radiation Oncology workplace. This work has been published, and lead to a Governor General’s Gold Medal award.

Dr. Best moved to Australia with family in early 2021 to work as a fellow until successful completion of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) final exams.

Awards

Awards

  • Governor General’s Gold Medal 2019 (highest overall marks in a graduate program, Acadia University, Canada)
  • Presentation (international level workshop):Best L, Bowes D, Daigle-Maloney T, Sengupta A. Transition to Practice: Thinking Beyond the Exam. ICRE 2020
  • Invited lecturer: CARO annual registrar refresher course: Skin cancers
Research

Research interests

  • 3D-printed bolus for the treatment of skin cancers and medical education.
Professional memberships

Professional memberships

  • ASCO
  • ASTRO
  • CARO
  • ESTRO
  • TROG
Publications

Publications

  • Best L, Sengupta A, Murphy RJ, de Metz C, Trotter T, Loewen SK, Ingledew PA, Sargeant J. Transition to practice in radiation oncology: mind the gap. Radiother Oncol 2019; 138: 126-31.2016;8(9);e767.
  • Best L, de Metz C, Olivotto IA, Roy I, Whelan T, Arsenault J, Brundage M. Radiation therapy quality indicators for invasive breast cancer. Radiother Oncol 2017;123(2): 288-93.
  • Casey S, Best L, Vujovic O, Jordan K, Fisher B, Carey D, Bourdeau D, Yu E. Use of protoporphyrin fluorescence to determine clinical target volume for non-melanotic skin cancers treated with primary radiotherapy. Cureus 2016;8(9);e767.
  • Lock M, Best L, Wong E, Bauman G, D’Souza D, Venketesan V, Sexton T, Ahmad B, Rodrigues GB. A phase II trial of arc-based hypofractionated IMRT in localized Prostate Cancer. Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics August 2011; 80(5):1306-1315
  • Rodrigues G, Velker V, Best L. Radiation Oncology Primer and Review: Essential Concepts and Protocols. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, 2013.