‘State-Of-The-Art Radiation Therapy Equipment’

August 16, 2016 | 14 Comments

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre announced the signing of a contract for “state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment,” the Varian Truebeam system, saying they have “moved one step closer to establishing a radiation treatment facility for on-island cancer care.”

The Truebeam system is the “latest and best available high technology equipment for radiation treatment,” according to the Centre’s Executive Director Tara Curtis who said “the system will bring leading edge cancer care to Bermuda as it is designed to treat moving targets with advanced speed and accuracy.

“Truebeam treats cancer anywhere in the body where radiation treatment is indicated,” she added.

“Having a local facility in Bermuda will bring many advantages to cancer patients, their loves ones and the community, including no out-of-pocket expenses for patients, no patient co-payment, the ability for patients to continue to work during treatment and reduce costs to the overall healthcare system.”

Varian Truebeam System Bermuda August 16 2016

Dr. Chris Fosker, Clinical Oncologist at the Bermuda Hospitals Board, Affiliate Medical staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Bermuda Consultant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, will oversee the local treatment facility.

Dr. Fosker states, “Radiation treatment for curing cancer is typically delivered over a four to six week period with treatment appointments of less than 1 hour per day for 5 days per week.

“The majority of patients in treatment can keep to a relatively normal life and continue to work, with minimal disruption as a result of treatment.

“We have chosen a Varian Truebeam system as the best radiation machine for patients in Bermuda. The Varian Truebeam is one of the main radiation machines used by Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. Having our technology matched with theirs will streamline our clinical collaboration with one of the best cancer institutes in the world.”

Video of the ground breaking held for the facility last month

Over the past ten months, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre has worked closely with the Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center, who is ranked #4 in the USA for cancer care, for the design and construction of the facility.

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre began construction of the new radiation treatment facility in mid- July.

The facility is expected to be operational in mid-2017 and will be able to provide treatment for the majority of cancer types.

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  1. sage says:

    We can “cure” cancer? Big claim. (2.06)

  2. Jrsmith says:

    Cannabis

  3. One would assume that “other cancer types” will be treated overseas.
    I wonder which ones are those???

  4. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Still not convinced how radiation is ever beneficial to any living organism receiving it…true scientific facts…only financial benefits for some one is all I can see…One way of keeping all the money you’d spend on airlines and accommodation plus other expenses to foreign entities…but trust me that money will still be spent.

    Google Dr.Sebi…

  5. Navin Johnson says:

    Why not switch from Lahey the 5th out of 6 best hospital in Boston to Dana Farber…who wants to be the first patient? Make sure the machine is plugged in please…

  6. Smurf says:

    Check out this site: http://radonc.ucla.edu/truebeam-faqs

    Hopefully the administrators of the various treatments are skilled in using this particular machine.

  7. Navin Johnson says:

    Is it a NEW machine or refurbished? Will MRI’S still need to be sent overseas to be interpreted ? Not confident at all

  8. Carnival spectator says:

    I don’t trust any medical treatment in Bermuda! Oncology has an appalling record of service locally. No thanks. And I hope we are not forced to use local radiation treatment by the insurance companies!

  9. Reality says:

    You can either inject thc into the tumor and watch the tumor kill itself, and stay all natural and virtually cost-free. OR you can fork out thousands and thousands to go use some fancy looking machine designed to make you think radiation isn’t what gives you cancer in the first place. Ironic how ignorant and corrupt the nation is. Deny the people the natural and safe method, and call it illegal. For what reason? Nobody with common sense or an IQ over 100 would ever dare say there is any logical reason. But we can identify that MONEY is the main reason.

  10. Real truth says:

    Correction… Radiation does not cure cancer… It kills cancer and everything else it comes in contact with…
    That new machine is one expensive killer. All for the sake of money……… Look at the killer stats and odds that radiation therapy causes….. When you have lost loved ones through radiation treatments….. You will understand…….

  11. overboard says:

    I have had radiation and am just fine 5 years later. It takes a nuclear physicist to determinate the angle of the rays. This means a very skilled person operating the machine.

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