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State-of-art treatment for cancer patients

Up to 100 cancer patients this year will benefit from a sophisticated new treatment that has been launched at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

The advanced technology allows doctors to offer more accurate and less intrusive treatments to patients with brain and other cancers.

It is one of the most sophisticated and precise radiotherapy treatments available.

As many as 100 patients will have the treatment at Beaumont this year, with that number increasing to about 200 annually over the coming years as the service develops.

It will also mean that patients will no longer have to travel abroad for the treatment.

Apart from its precision, the treatment is more comfortable for patients than older system, which required the patient's head to be immobilised in a metal frame.

Dr David Fitzpatrick, consultant radiation oncologist, said: "This will allow our patients to benefit from a new standard of radiotherapy treatment that delivers fast, precise and less invasive treatment.

"The speed at which we can treat patients – in as little as 20 minutes – will mean many more patients can access world-leading cancer treatment."

Mohsen Javadpour, consultant neurosurgeon at the National Neurosurgical Centre Beaumont, said the equipment "allows us to target difficult-to-treat cancers, such as inoperable tumours deep in the brain where open surgery carries a high risk".

"It enables us to treat the tumour while protecting the nearby healthy tissue. The recovery time is much shorter compared to open surgery and most treatments can be performed as a day case."

 

Facility

The €1m facility was funded by the Friends of St Luke's and was developed in partnership with the St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network, the National Cancer Control Programme and the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital

Its addition will establish the Beaumont facility as the National Centre for Stereotactic Radiosurgery and will add to the current stereotactic service in St Luke's Hospital, Rathgar.

Chairperson of Friends of St Luke's, Aideen Goggin, said they were "delighted to fund this exciting new development in treating patients of the St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network.

"This is only made possible through the generosity of our supporters throughout the country".

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