Hillcrest to get a leading oncology unit

2018-02-06 06:00

A PARTNERSHIP between Busamed and the Hopelands Cancer Centre will see the introduction of the most advanced cancer treatment technology in sub-Saharan Africa, at Hopelands Cancer Centre’s new rooms at the Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital.

The new centre has two consultation rooms, a chemotherapy room and a radiotherapy room, and is expected to be in operation by mid-March.

The equipment being installed is The Halcyon system, Varian Medical System’s newest device for cancer treatment.

It has been designed and engineered for ease of use and consequently simplifies and enhances almost every aspect of image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy (VMAT).

Varian Medical Systems has been at the forefront of medical technology since the fifties, and continues to pioneer development in the fields of radiotherapy, radiosurgery, X-ray tube technology, digital image detectors, cargo screening, and non-destructive testing.

“This technology has undergone extensive clinical trials in the United States at both the Abramson Cancer Centre at the University of Pennsylvania and the MD Anderson Cancer Centre at the University of Texas,” said Dr Ziad Seedat, managing director of the Hopelands Group.

“The Halcyon was selected as it is patient friendly and safe; it offers a number of advantages including the speed of treatment, resulting in greater accuracy, and it allows for modulation of the intensity as well as shaping of the treatment dependant on the patient’s requirements” said Seedat.

“The Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital was chosen as the location for the clinic owing to its accessibility from both the Highway area, as well as the freeway, and its proximity to a growing community. In addition, placing the equipment in a hospital offers the benefits of easy access to a variety of medical specialists, resulting in quick diagnosis and that is always beneficial to patients,” said Seedat.

“The introduction of this state-of-the- art facility adds significant value to the already reputable medical services on offer at the Hospital,” said Japie Greyling, Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital manager.

“We expect our patients to benefit from the obvious synergies that exist in this partnership.”

The installation of the equipment is under way and staff are being trained both locally as well as abroad in preparation for the facility’s opening in mid-March.

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