Westmead launches new LINAC

Westmead Hospital radiation oncology staff Vicky Cawood, Hanh Vu and Jillian Harris.

Westmead Hospital’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) officially opened its new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator today (August 21), which uses revolutionary technology to target tiny tumours.

The $5.2 million Varian STx linear accelerator uses advanced imaging and special immobilisation equipment to directly target small tumours, particularly benign and malignant brain tumours.

Westmead CPMCC director Dr Verity Ahern said the new machine would become part of the history of the busy oncology department.

“This is such a win for our patients,” she said.

“This machine is part of the Western Sydney Cancer Network and will be used to treat patients from across the region – it’s good to know that they’ll be getting the best and latest technology.”

“Getting this machine is like getting a new baby; it really is the missing link in what we can offer our patients.”

Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre director Dr Verity Ahern and Westmead Hospital cancer services operations director Debbie Sharpe.

Westmead Hospital cancer services operations director Debbie Sharpe said the machine was a fantastic addition to the hospital’s LINAC entourage.

“As a former radiographer, this is a really exciting day,” she said.

“It’s great to have a machine that is really targeting cancer and the new space looks fantastic.”

The new LINAC machine is part of Westmead Hospital’s Capital Works program, which replaces major pieces of ageing medical equipment.

The capital works program also included a more than $1m refurbishment of the LINAC facilities.

The first patient is set to be treated on the new machine this week.

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