More care options for WA cancer patients

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Comprehensive cancer care, close to home.

That's the outcome of Hollywood Private Hospital in Perth installing the latest technology to help treat cancer patients.

A partnership between GenesisCare and Ramsay Health, means the new radiation oncology centre at Hollywood will incorporate the the latest technology, offering comprehensive and evidence-based care to local cancer patients.

This includes cutting-edge radiotherapy delivered by a state-of-the art linear accelerator (LINAC), the Electra Versa HD with the Brainlab ExacTrac X-ray system, which delivers external beam radiation treatments to cancer patients.

Radiation oncologist, Dr Yvonne Zissiadis, said the new equipment allowed doctors to view patients as they were being treated.

“This treatment is rapid and it’s high precision,” she said.

“We’re very privileged here to work in a comprehensive cancer centre and we all work together for the benefit of the patient.”

Targeted delivery techniques for radiation therapy are key to improving patient outcomes and quality of life. The precision of the new technology ensures it can target and destroy cancerous cells in an exact area of a patient’s body, with minimal exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue.

It can be used to treat cancer in virtually any area of the body, across a variety of radiation delivery techniques, including:

  • Conventional external beam radiation therapy
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Image guided radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
The Hollywood Consulting Centre, which houses the new radiation oncology centre 

GensisCare’s acting general manager, Louise Coffey, said the new oncology centre would be able to treat up to 1000 patients each year.

“This will be across all areas, and we’re particularly focusing on breast and prostate cancer patients,” she said.

“From the patient’s initial consult, to the start of their treatment, will be as efficient as possible.”

Hollywood Private Hospital CEO, Peter Mott, said he was proud to offer the best cancer care possible.

“Our medical staff work here as part of a multidisciplinary team,” he said.

“This partnership with Genesis means that previously, patients had to go offsite for radiotherapy and  now we can offer all their care in one location. We really have become a one stop shop for cancer care.”

The new oncology centre is set to open in February 2021.

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