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North West Cancer Centre on target for opening

Thursday, 24 November 2016

North West Cancer Centre on target for opening thumbnailThe Linac treatment machine available at the new North West Cancer Centre.

THE Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has confirmed that the Radiotherapy Service at Altnagelvin Hospital is on target to commence at the end of November.
The new service will greatly enhance existing cancer care already delivered at Altnagelvin and will provide radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients living within the Western Trust area, the northern sector of the Northern Trust (BT51 to BT57) and Donegal (Letterkenny University Hospital locality).
Lead Clinical Oncologist, Dr David Stewart, said: "For the past three years, our oncology team, therapeutic radiography staff and medical physics team have been working together to design patient pathways and to plan for the delivery of the new service.
“We have also worked closely with our health colleagues at the regional cancer centres in Belfast and Galway and with cancer services staff in the Northern Trust and Letterkenny University Hospital."
Dr Stewart added: "To support the implementation of radiotherapy treatment at the hospital, the opening of the Radiotherapy Department will be phased. This is to ensure radiotherapy within Northern Ireland continues to be delivered safely to the highest standard.
“The initial phase will see a small number of new patients with prostate cancer receive their treatment at the centre. This will commence within a matter of days. Phase Two, in the New Year, will see a gradual increase in the number of patients and different types of cancers being treated at the centre."

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