Icon Group CEO, Mark Middleton said his team would partner with St Vincent’s to provide the latest in radiation therapy treatment including Varian’s HyperArc – the latest treatment for advanced brain cancer and IDENTIFY technology – Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT), tattoo-free advanced radiation therapy.
“The centre will be equipped with a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the latest in radiation therapy technology with the capacity to deliver 18,000 radiation therapy treatments annually, including the latest techniques for a wide range of cancers for Brisbane’s inner north,” Mr Middleton said.
“We’re proud to be able to bring world-class cancer care to more communities, ensuring people have access to life-saving treatment closer to home.”
Patient focused, clinical collaboration
Dr Rick Abraham, a medical oncologist at St Vincents Northside and Icon, said establishing an on-site radiation facility is a vital part vital part of providing better choice and access for patients.
“Many patients going through chemotherapy are quite unwell and with patients that also require radiation treatment it’s extremely beneficial to provide on-site, integrated cancer care,” said Dr Abraham.
“We can now offer something that’s special through this partnership with a great multidisciplinary team, great facilities and strong collaboration. I’m confident we can build a service that’s going to make a difference for Brisbane’s inner northside.”
Radiation therapy is a highly targeted, safe, and effective treatment used to treat a wide range of cancers including but not limited to breast, prostate, skin, lung, and brain and is often used in combination with other treatments, like chemotherapy. Radiation therapy treatment is usually given in daily intervals over several weeks with every course unique to each patient’s condition.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the new radiation therapy service is expected to be up and running at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside by late 2024.