New ma­chine of­fers ad­vanced treat­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By JON BAS­SETT

WHAT may be in­ap­pro­pri­ate mu­sic out­side is ap­pro­pri­ate when cancer pa­tients get on the new $3 mil­lion Var­ian True­beam ra­di­a­tion ther­apy ma­chine at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal in Ned­lands.

“One fea­ture it has, which the old ma­chine didn’t, is it has an ipod dock and pa­tients can bring their own mu­sic,” se­nior ra­di­ol­o­gist Cather­ine Hu­bie said.

The True­beam ma­chine is the first of a pair each treat­ing up to 45 pa­tients a day af­ter it was com­mis­sioned last week,

The ma­chines will com­ple­ment five older lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tors at the hos­pi­tal’s Com­pre­hen­sive Cancer Cen­tre.

Cur­rently, the True­beam is only be­ing used for breast can­cers and some sar­co­mas un­til its twin is also com­mis­sioned, af­ter which the ma­chines will treat all can­cers.

Its ben­e­fits are al­ready be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by pa­tients, and its op­er­a­tors who had to travel to Ne­vada in the United States to be trained in its use ear­lier this year.

“It has ad­vanced fea­tures, in­clud­ing the imag­ing be­ing slightly bet­ter, and it can de­liver a greater ra­di­a­tion dose in its beam,” Ms Hu­bie said.

Pa­tients’ ap­point­ments com­pris­ing putting on gowns, X-rays, checks and ac­tual treat­ments last­ing a few sec­onds can now last less than 15 min­utes.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474610

Se­nior ra­di­a­tion ther­a­pists Cather­ine Hu­bie and He­len Lloyd with a pa­tient us­ing the new cancer scan­ner.

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