New machine will help CT hospital treat 1,500 oncology patients

Groote Schuur Hospital has installed a third linac radiotherapy machine.

FILE: Groote Schuur Hospital. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Groote Schuur Hospital says 1,500 new oncology patients can now be treated after the installation of a third radiotherapy machine.

The Oncology Department says patient waiting time can now be reduced to below four weeks.

The new linac radiotherapy machine will enable therapists to reduce patient treatment time to ten minutes per patient.

The technology also allows for the safer application of radiotherapy.

Groote Schuur Oncology's Professor Jeanette Parks says, "This machine means firstly, we can reduce our waiting list down to below eight weeks, which is in line with international standards.

"And secondly, this machine has been specifically designed to treat patients requiring high-tech radiotherapy, where we need to protect better certain normal structures."

Hospital management says more patients, outside Cape Town, can now be accommodated.

The unit also expects the cure rate to increase.