Barrie Hospital Introducing New Radiation Machine

LINAC Expected to Make Access To Care Much Easier For Cancer Patients

A new tool in the RVH belt could increase access to cancer care.

The Barrie medical centre has added a fourth radiation machine to its inventory; called a linear accelerator (LINAC), the device should allow easier access for cancer patients who require radiation therapy.

“Last year we treated more than 1,600 patients and with this fourth machine, we will care for 33 percent more, ensuring patients requiring radiation therapy can receive timely care, closer to home,” said Nancy Savage, Regional Vice President of Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario).

A LINAC treats cancer using high-energy x-rays or electrons, directed straight at a patient’s tumour. This new device has advanced capabilities such as a robotic patient support table, and the ability to deliver radiation faster.

In banner photo: from right, Dr. Christiaan Stevens, medical director, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program; Keith Nakonechny, medical physicist, RVH; Brandee Pidgeon, manager, Radiation Treatment & Rotary Lodge, RVH; Kyle Malkoske, head, Physics/Oncology, RVH