New system treats multiple brain tumours

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Greenslopes Private Hospital has brought world-leading brain cancer treatment technology to Brisbane, offering greater efficiency, accuracy and comfort for patients. 

Clinicians at the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Centre (ROC) can now treat multiple tumours at the same time with precise, high-dose radiation therapy.

The fully-automated Varian system uses HyperArc  technology to pinpoint the tumours in various locations in the brain, while ensuring the surrounding healthy tissue receives only limited exposure.

It means patients’ treatment times are reduced to just a few minutes, and the process is safer than ever before.

Greenslopes is only the second ROC in Australia – after Gold Coast Private Hospital – to have the new software, and it expects to use it for treating at least 100 patients this year.

Radiation oncologist Associate Professor Matthew Foote said the new technology puts Greenslopes “at the forefront of exceptional cancer care, both in Australia and in the world”.

“HyperArc enables us to accurately target up to eight tumours in the brain at once, which previously could not be achieved and would have required whole-brain radiation.

“The automation and precision of this type of treatment means patients can also have fewer side effects, allowing them to continue on with their day-to-day lives,” he said.

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