$28m upgrade for state’s oncology program
MORE than $28 million will be spent on new weapons in the state’s fight against cancer.
Premier Will Hodgman yesterday announced that the tenders to upgrade the state’s ageing oncology equipment had been awarded during the Walk4BrainCancer event in Margate.
The world-class technology will be funded by the State Government and the Commonwealth Radiation Oncology Health Program Grants program.
Mr Hodgman said it was anticipated delivery of the new equipment would start next year and go a long way to making life easier for both staff and patients.
“We will be installing four new linear accelerators — two for the WP Holman Clinic at the Launceston General Hospital and two for the WP Holman Clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital,” Mr Hodgman said.
“Linear accelerators provide image-guided radiotherapy with high precision to treat tumours and lesions in various parts of the body, including lungs, breasts, head and neck. This capital equipment project also includes a statewide treatment planning system for radiation therapy.
“The treatment system enables modern radiation therapy planning for all kinds of treatment and will result in improved planning and efficiency.”