North Wales Spent 12.6m For Cancer Treatment

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More than £12.6million will be invested in new equipment at the North Wales Cancer Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, Health Minister Edwina Hart announced today

The Welsh Assembly Government funding will go towards replacing two linear accelerators (Linacs) and to replace a CT simulator. The new Linacs will improve on the current quality of service provided with the new machines having more advanced technology that is able to more accurately destroy cancer cells.

Linacs provide computerised three-dimensional reconstruction of patient anatomy to allow clinicians to deliver radiotherapy to cancer patients more precisely reducing the risk to healthy organs. The CT simulator is used in the planning of radiotherapy treatment and will enable the design of a treatment plan unique to each patient's anatomy.

The new equipment, supporting suite and bunkers will:

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* Improve and speed up treatment of patients;

* Help retain and recruit specialist staff;

* Have the ability to transfer patient data electronically between machines; and,

* Make it easier to further upgrade the facilities in future.

Health Minister Edwina Hart said: "With one in three people diagnosed with cancer at some stage throughout their lives - ensuring that our hospitals have the best equipment possible to tackle the disease is a top priority for the Welsh Assembly Government. Swift treatment eases patient anxiety and makes an unquestionable difference in ensuring the best possible outcome."

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