Radiotherapy treatment at new hospital edges closer

PLANS to provide radiotherapy to private patients at a new hospital to open soon in Waterford have edged a step closer. And it emerged the hospital plans delivery of a second linear accelerator, the machine which provides radiotherapy, before Christmas.

UPMC Cancer Centres International has appointed two senior personnel to work at the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre at Butlerstown in Waterford where the first cancer patients will receive radiotherapy and other treatments from early November.

Dr Dayle J Hacking has been appointed consultant radiation oncologist while Mr Nathan G Anderson is the new medical physicist.

Dr Hacking graduated from University of Rhodesia and completed his postgraduate studies at University of Natal in Durban, he was previously registrar at the Department of Surgery and, subsequently, the Department of Radiotherapy & Oncology at the University of Natal. He also worked as a consultant medical and radiation oncologist in Canada before being appointed as consultant radiotherapist/oncologist at Addington Hospital in Durban.

Mr Nathan G Anderson is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and comes to UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as medical physicist after almost three years working as senior medical physicist at Lankenau Hospital Cancer Centre, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr Hospital Cancer Centre in Philadelphia.

Mr Anderson has also previously worked as a network physicist in Pittsburgh with the UPMC Cancer Centres. A graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, he completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Opening in November, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre is a joint venture between UPMC Cancer Centres International and Irish healthcare company Euro Care International who are developing the adjacent Whitfield Clinic.

The first linear accelerator for radiotherapy arrived at the centre on July 31 and is currently being installed. A 2nd linear accelerator is scheduled for November.

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