One person in Australia is diagnosed with brain cancer every five hours, a statistic sadly all too familiar to Gold Coast resident Philippa Douglas.
But a new radiation therapy technology is offering hope and the Gold Coast Private Hospital has been the first to embrace this world-leading treatment.
Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) Gold Coast Private, part of Icon Group, is Australia’s first to provide HyperArc high-definition radiotherapy for the treatment of multiple brain tumours.
“The thing that gave me peace of mind was the precision of the treatment,” Ms Douglas said.
“Knowing I was being treated with the latest technology and that the radiation was targeting my tumours with millimetre accuracy, gives me hope.”
Icon Group radiation oncologist Dr Jim Jackson said the technology benefited both clinicians and patients.
“With HyperArc, we can treat patients with several brain tumours with pinpoint accuracy. It allows us to target the tumours, not the surrounding brain,” he said.
“This technology offers patients excellent tumour control, without the side effects associated with irradiating normal brain tissue.
“It is also beneficial for the patient, as it is quick and comfortable. A treatment takes less than 10 minutes and there are no invasive head restraints that can be stressful for patients.”
The technology enables clinicians to treat multiple, well-defined tumours with high doses of radiation therapy, that pinpoint the various tumours via a fully automated system.
Icon Group CEO Mark Middleton said his company invested in the latest technology and cancer techniques for the benefit of patients and their families.
“This marks an exciting milestone,” he said. “The Varian HyperArc technology places the Gold Coast at the forefront of exceptional cancer care, both in Australia and world-wide.
“As cancer rates continue to rise, and technology continues to progress, it is important for people to have access to state-of-the-art treatments, as close to home as possible,” he said.