Healthscope to focus on cancer patients

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Private hospital operator Healthscope has partnered with leading cancer care provider Icon Group to deliver advanced cancer treatment options at seven sites across Australia.

In a deal announced on Friday (3 June), Healthscope and Icon Group said they would team up to establish radiation oncology centres in five states.

Icon Group, which is one of Australia’s largest dedicated cancer care providers, will reportedly invest $65 million to establish the services.

They will be set up at seven hospitals where radiation oncology services are not currently available.

The deal means Australians will have access to the latest radiation technology and treatment options, Healthscope Managing Director Robert Cooke said.

“Cancer care is a growing and complex area of medicine often requiring multiple forms of treatment over an extended period of time,” Mr Cooke said.

“We recognise that it can be extremely stressful for patients and their families, however it is often comforting to know that all their treatment needs can be provided within an integrated setting using world’s best practice oncology technology and treatments.”

Mr Cooke said Icon Group’s position as a leader in cancer research and clinical trials will “ensure our patients gain access to new and emerging treatments as they become available”.

Icon Group Chief Executive Officer Mark Middleton said Australia’s ageing population made it clear there was a need for advanced cancer care. He said Australians can look forward to “significantly enhanced access to radiation oncology services” under the new arrangement.

“These developments will allow us to introduce cutting edge technology into Healthscope hospitals to better target and treat cancer,” Mr Middleton said.

“Our use of state of the art linear accelerators and sophisticated dosimetry software and expertise provide us with world class radiation therapy services.”

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