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WATCH: New $2.5m machine to target cancer cells

Oceania Oncology radiotherapy centre general manager Chris Inggs talks with Jonathan Watts about the installation of a linear accelerator.
Oceania Oncology radiotherapy centre general manager Chris Inggs talks with Jonathan Watts about the installation of a linear accelerator. Alistair Brightman

A $2.5 MILLION machine that delivers high energy X-ray beams to target cancer cells will be available to patients at Oceania Oncology's Fraser Coast radiotherapy centre from December 15.

Oceania Oncology general manager Chris Inggs said the linear accelerator, a world-class technology, treated solid cancer tumours and delivered the maximum dose of radiation while protecting the tumour walls.

"Hervey Bay is the first area in the Fraser Coast to provide the service to cancer patients who no longer have to go to Bundaberg or Brisbane to get appropriate treatment," he said.

"By having the machine here in the Bay, patients now get access to more affordable local treatment."

Mr Inggs said the new technology was significant to the community as studies has shown regional cancer patients had far worse outcomes than those in metropolitan areas.

"A lot of that is based on access to treatment and availability of care and with this new technology in the new centre in Hervey Bay, we are hoping to get rid of that disparity," he said.

"The linear accelerator which has been in the planning for three years now will see at least 300 patients seeking lifesaving treatment in the first two years.

"This signals our commitment to giving Queensland cancer patients the best possible prospects for treating and surviving cancer."

Topics:  cancer, hervey bay, oceania oncology, treatment



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