Canberra Hospital's capacity to provide life-saving cancer treatment is expected to increase by 20 per cent, with the launch of new equipment by ACT chief minister and minister for health Katy Gallagher on August 21.
"Cancer is a burden for many people in our community and I am pleased these new facility will provide a further boost to our health system. Cancer patients will now be provided with access to the latest advances in technology for treatment," the chief minister said.
"The additional technologies available with the new and replacement linear accelerators will provide improved quality of treatment. This increase in capacity will help Capital Region Cancer Service continue to work towards meeting the increased demand for cancer treatment in the ACT and its surrounding region."
The new device is a linear accelerator which is used for external beam radiation treatment for cancer patients – where the launch increases the machines from two to four. The new machine will increase the treatment capacity at the CRCS Radiation Oncology department by around 20 per cent.
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