$28m up­grade for state’s on­col­ogy pro­gram

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - CHANEL KINNIBURGH

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.”

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