Busamed Modderfontein invest in brachytherapy

Oncology unit manager at Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital, Lindiwe Fokazi.

Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art brachytherapy machine for comprehensive cancer treatment for patients.

Brachytherapy is radiotherapy treatment that is localised and targeted, limiting side effects and potentially reducing treatment time. The hugely beneficial treatment will be done through the hospital’s new Elektra Flexitron brachytherapy unit.

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Manager at the hospital’s oncology unit Lindiwe Fokazi said, “Our goal is to bring all forms of cancer treatment under one roof and create a comprehensive oncology care unit that supports patients throughout their cancer journey. With the introduction of this machine, we now have everything in one place and our patients are treated holistically.

“We have chemotherapy, external radiotherapy and now brachytherapy, and if our patients suffer from side effects or require medical attention, we can admit them here. They are provided with constant care.”

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The brachytherapy machine is designed to treat cervical, uterine, rectal, nasopharynx, oesophagus cancers and skin lesions.

Fokazi added, “With this machine, we can deliver high doses of radiation directly to a tumour and reduce damage to surrounding structures.

“It is very difficult to give a high dose externally as it damages the surrounding area and you don’t have precise local control. This particular machine, the Elekta Flexitron, comes with a variety of applicators designed to treat different types of cancer and locations with pinpoint accuracy.”

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Along with machine’s treatment, Elektra also has a strong support team with engineers and technical support. Fokazi said, “We needed to know that we could have our machine repaired immediately so as not to impact on patient care.”

Details: www.bmphooc.co.za

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By Andrei van Wyk

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