Fiona Stanley Hospital unveils new linac machine to aid treatment of cancer patients


Health Minister John Day and cancer patient Donna House with the new machine at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Health Minister John Day and cancer patient Donna House with the new machine at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

FIONA Stanley Hospital has launched a $2.5 million machine, which will increase the speed of treatment to cancer patients.

Local oncology patients will experience reduced waiting times and faster treatment due to the latest in linear accelerator (linac) technology, the hospital unveiled on Tuesday .

Health Minister John Day said the new linac would help deliver significant improvements in targeted radiation therapies.

“This fourth machine will enable the hospital’s radiation oncology department to treat many more people each day, slashing overall waiting and treatment times,” Mr Day said.

“With four machines now in use, there will be even more patient-friendly treatment times between 8am and 5pm weekdays, instead of the extended hours previously required to meet demand.”