Cancer device installation begins
TECHNICIANS have begun the job of installing Lismore Base Hospital’s second radiotherapy cancer treatment device after the machine arrived this week.
The arrival of the second linear accelerator will be marked by a small ceremony involving Page MP Janelle Saffin, Northern NSW Health Network governing council chair Hazel Bridget, acting health service chief executive Vahid Saberi, North Coast Cancer Institute radiation therapy area manager Stuart Greenham, deputy radiation therapist and medical physicist Nick Bennie at the hospital’s cancer unit on Friday.
The new linear accelerator is expected to take several months to install.
Once in place it will double the number of patients able to be treated at the cancer unit from about 400 per year to about 800.
The second device arrives a little over a year after the first linear accelerator was delivered to the cancer unit.