Beacon Hospital has announced that it now has Ireland’s most advanced radiotherapy machine, The Varian Edge. Having offered radiotherapy since 2007, Beacon Hospital is a leading provider of this cancer treatment option, which uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours, without the need for incisions. The new machine will upgrade and enhance this service, as it allows for higher doses of radiation, to be targeted with even more accuracy at tumours. It has less impact on surrounding tissues and allows for even better results and fewer treatments for patients.
This is the first and only machine of its kind in Ireland and with only 3 in the UK and 130 worldwide it means that Ireland now has access to the very latest technology to treat cancer. By 2020, 1 in 2 people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime.
The technology can treat tumours found in brain, spine and lung cancer patients, as well as tumours in other areas of the body that are difficult to reach surgically.
The Edge system offers fast, effective treatment without an incision or the need to recover in hospital. With some treatment sessions taking as little as 15 minutes, and the absence of an incision, patients can quickly get back to their lives.
Edge also reduces the risk to surrounding healthy tissue with a real-time tracking system that enables Consultant Radiation Oncologists to detect slight tumour movement, keeping treatment focused on the target.
It also allows for breathing to be monitored during treatment, giving the patient a more comfortable experience.
Beacon Hospital has invested €3.2 million in the new machine. This comes as part of a broader two-year plan (2018-2019) that is seeing over €30m being invested in Beacon Hospital to enhance services, equipment and facilities.
The new machine comes as Beacon Hospital continues to lead the way when it comes to radiotherapy treatment. It has the most experienced radiotherapy stereotactic team in the country. It follows other firsts at Beacon Hospital. For example, it was the first centre in Ireland to offer Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), to areas other than the brain. SRS is a non-surgical radiation therapy used to treat functional abnormalities and small tumours. It has been offering this service for 12 years.
Professor John G. Armstrong, Director, Radiation Therapy Department at Beacon Hospital said:
“We’re delighted to introduce Ireland’s most advanced radiotherapy machine, The Varian Edge to our Cancer Care Centre. The first and only machine of its kind in Ireland, the Edge upgrades our current radiotherapy machine to the latest technology, using extreme precision to target and destroy tumours faster and more effectively. The new machine treats patients with higher doses of radiation with more accuracy, with less impact to surrounding tissues. This ultimately may lead to better results and less treatments for the patient.”
Michael Cullen, CEO of Beacon Hospital said:
“We have been treating patients with radiotherapy here at Beacon Hospital since 2007. Our pioneering team are involved in international research and are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to improve treatments, so with the introduction of the new Edge our patients now have access to the most advanced radiotherapy machine in Ireland. Our Cancer Care Centre offers a complete range of services including diagnostics, surgery, medical and radiation oncology, all delivered by highly qualified professionals in one central location.
“This significant investment underpins our broader growth strategy that is seeing over €30 million being invested over two years to ensure we continue to have the very best services, equipment and facilities.”