Five Trucks Of Equipment Bring Cancer Services One Step Closer

Posted on 25th Jun 2012 under News

In a major milestone for the introduction of improved cancer services for the Cairns community, two linear accelerators have arrived at the hospital today.

Minister for Health Geoff Wilson said he was delighted at the arrival of this vital equipment which will provide improved cancer services for North Queensland residents.

“Once assembled, these linear accelerators will form the machines that administer radiation therapy to locals needing treatment,” Mr Wilson said.

“The first patients are expected to receive their radiation oncology treatment when the service commences in mid-2011.

“This is more evidence of the Bligh Government’s commitment to providing cancer services to Queenslanders closer to where they live.”

Member for Cairns Desley Boyle was pleased locals would be able to receive radiation treatment closer to home for the first time ever.

“This will mean an extra 340 patients will no longer need to travel to Townsville or Brisbane to receive their treatment,” Ms Boyle said.

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