Hospital acquires new cancer fighting technology

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New technology providing high-precision treatment in the fight against cancer is now available at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

The Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator is therapy, targeting tumours by using three dimensional imaging for pinpoint accuracy avoiding damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

The machine can turn 360 degrees and treat any part of the body where radiation treatment is prescribed, including lungs, breast, prostate, head and neck.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Director of Radiation Oncology, Chris Milross said the new machines will allow the hospital to treat even more patients.

“Not only will the technology allow us to treat patients with the latest techniques, it also offers a reduced daily treatment time for patients so that they can get back to the things they love,” said Mr Milross.

New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard launched the new cancer fighting machine.

“This linear accelerator, which will give more people access to better targeted radiation oncology, is a big boost to the treatment of cancers for the people of NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.

One machine has been installed at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, with the second machine expected to be delivered and operational in 2018.

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