Media Release - 30/10/09
The roof of
Christchurch Hospital’s new
oncology bunker has now been
a small pocket left for a topping off ceremony next Tuesday, to which media are
Department is very excited
about what this rather
building will help to achieve – faster access to radiation therapy for cancer patients,”
Dr Iain Ward, Canterbury District Health Board’s Clinical Director Radiation Oncology
By the end of
the year, the bunker will be
home to a new Linear
that will start giving radiation treatment in April. This linac will replace one of two
ageing machines in the Oncology Department, with the second to be replaced before
the end of next year.
machine will be 12 -20 per
cent more efficient than its
translating to a total of about 1,000 more treatments or 70 more courses of
treatment each year,” Dr Ward said.
“It is great
news for Canterbury cancer
patients as we will be able
radiation treatment earlier. The new machines will also more accurately target
cancers, limiting the level of radiation reaching surrounding tissue and reducing side effects.”
When both new
accelerators have been
installed and the old
there will be a vacant bunker in the Oncology Department for a fourth linac.
moment we don’t know when we
will need the extra capacity
of a fourth
machine,” Dr Ward said. Other improvements to the Oncology Department in the
next year will include a new chemotherapy suite, new clinic rooms, waiting areas
and offices. The total cost of the work, excluding the fourth linac, will be $10 million.
plans are being made to
shift the Oncology
Department into stage two of
the Christchurch Hospital redevelopment, this won’t happen for about 11 years and
the extra capacity for treatment and clinic space is needed as soon as possible.
Oncology Bunker Facts