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Radiation therapy coming to Cabrini Malvern

Date: 28/06/2017

Radiation therapy is an integral part of treatment for many cancers. Until now the treatment has not been available at Cabrini but that is about to change with a new service opening later this year.

Cabrini and GenesisCare have announced a partnership to deliver a new, state-of-art radiotherapy service to offer patients comprehensive cancer care at Cabrini, increasing access to this important form of cancer treatment.

GenesisCare began construction of an interim service facility in April 2017 within the grounds of Cabrini Malvern. Once complete, it is expected that some 30 patients per day will be treated there.

Thanks to the collaboration of Cabrini and GensisCare, patients will soon have access to fully integrated, comprehensive cancer care at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern. The new radiation oncology service complements the hospital’s existing suite of diagnostic, surgical and medical cancer care. The new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy service will deliver world class treatment to both inpatients and outpatients.

A linear accelerator, which drives the radiation beams will be housed in a bunker, surrounded by one-metre thick walls.

Modern radiation therapy precisely targets cancer cells to either destroy them or damage them to stop their growth or spread. It is painless and often used together with surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy to treat a wide range of cancers.

Once the new clinical building (facing Wattletree Road at the corner of Isabella Street in Malvern) is completed in 2019, a permanent radiation therapy service will open with two linear accelerators

The introduction of onsite radiotherapy at Cabrini Malvern campus will mean that Cabrini patients will no longer need to travel by medical transport or ambulance to receive this treatment and outpatients can receive complete cancer care at Cabrini Malvern.

“Cabrini is delighted with the radiation oncology medical team GenesisCare has assembled. They are all clinicians with strong, established clinical reputations, who will bring a diverse and comprehensive range of expertise to provide care to our cancer patients,” said Dr Simon Woods, Executive Director, Cabrini Malvern.

Radiation oncologists Dr Ian Porter, Dr Karen Taylor, Dr David Blakey and Dr Mario Guerrieri will bring their expertise to the new service at Cabrini Malvern.

Another addition to cancer treatment at Cabrini will be a PET scanner (PET stands for positron emission tomography) used predominantly to detect cancer.

Radioactive tracers are injected into the vein of a person’s arm and highlight areas of increased metabolic activity, including tumour deposits. It can track how well the cancer is responding to chemotherapy and whether tumours are shrinking or spreading.

The PET scanner will be installed at Cabrini Medical Imaging at Cabrini Malvern.

Both the radiotherapy and the PET scanner will be the culmination of Cabrini’s plans to provide a comprehensive cancer centre serving both Cabrini’s oncology patients and their families, as well as the wider community.

What is radiotherapy?

Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy and radiation oncology, is an essential treatment in the management of patients diagnosed with cancer. According to international studies, radiotherapy should be used as a primary treatment in the management of one in two newly diagnosed cancers, providing patients with a highly targeted form of treatment that results in excellent cancer control and cure rates with minimal side effects. Australian data demonstrates that radiotherapy is a highly effective weapon in the fight against cancer, delivering more than 40 per cent of cures.

About Cabrini

Cabrini is a Catholic, charitable institution sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which provides health and health-related services in Australia. Founded in 1948, Cabrini’s services in Australia span aged care, cancer care, cardiac services, emergency medicine, health promotion, home/community-based care, maternity services, paediatric care, palliative care, rehabilitation, research and education, as well as social and community outreach services. The Cabrini Technology division provides information and healthcare technology services to the health, disability and aged-care sectors in Australasia. The Cabrini Foundation oversees and guides fundraising activities for the organisation.

About GenesisCare

GenesisCare is the leading provider of radiotherapy services in Victoria, with eight centres across the state – Cabrini Malvern will be the ninth. It employs more than 200 medical professionals and support staff. It is the largest provider of radiotherapy services in Australia, the UK and Spain. GenesisCare’s network of clinicians are actively involved in or leading more than 100 clinical trials, and it is continuously enhancing its clinical pathways, technologies and treatments. Patient satisfaction places GenesisCare in the top 1 per cent of outpatient healthcare organisations in the world.

Media information: contact Jackie Meiers ph (03) 9508 1915 or 0419 009 146, Cabrini marketing and community relations department.