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September 3, 2013
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) President and CEO Bonnie Adamson welcomed the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for London North Centre, to LHSC’s Victoria Hospital today.
Minister Matthews held a media conference to announce improvements in the quality of care for London-area cancer patients by adding two additional state-of-the-art radiation therapy machines at LHSC, bringing the total to three. One of these machines has already been in use at the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) since November 2012.A second machine was recently installed in June and LHSC expects to have the third installed in early 2014. Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators are among the most advanced of their kind and will replace older units in the LRCP. The machines deliver radiation therapy more efficiently than previous-generation machines, resulting in reduced side effects, less time spent on a treatment bed, and better outcomes for our patients.
Linear accelerators are used to deliver external-beam radiation treatment to cancer patients by focusing on cancer cells without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. This results in reduced side effects, less time spent on a treatment bed, and better outcomes.
“We know how important it is for our patients and their families to have access to safe and high-quality care, and equally importantly, to receive that care close to home. Ultimately theseongoinginvestments in new radiation therapy equipment will result in improved outcomes and provide better care for our cancer patients,” says Adamson.
Minister Matthews also outlined the great success that LHSC is having in reducing wait times for non-urgent cancer surgeries, due in large part to their strong regional partnerships and the collaborative efforts of all hospitals that perform cancer surgeries in the south west region.
Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is given a demonstration of the TrueBeam linear accelerator at LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program. Providng the demonstration are medical physicists Stewart Gaede (left) and Hatim Fakir (right).
See more photos from the announcement on LHSC's Facebook page.