Australia’s largest provider of radiotherapy treatment continues its leadership in bringing state-of-the-art technology into mainstream cancer therapy to improve patient outcomes
SYDNEY, August 24, 2018 – Elekta (EKTA-B.ST) today announced that GenesisCare, the largest private provider of cancer treatment in Australia and Europe, has placed an order for Elekta’s magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system, Elekta Unity.
GenesisCare Executive Manager of Oncology, Keith Hansen, said: “This is a paradigm shift for radiotherapy. The new MR-linac will allow us to see soft tissue during treatment with unprecedented accuracy. In real-time we’ll be able to track the tumour, and also any movement of organs at risk, to further minimise a patient’s side effects. The added visibility of the MRI will also enable us to treat regions that have been difficult to treat before.
“This is a very exciting innovation in the evolution of radiotherapy, and a great example of re-designing a care experience to get the best possible life outcomes for our patients. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Elekta to increase access to what will be one of Australia’s first clinical MR-linacs used to treat patients, and look forward to delivering our first treatments using this cutting-edge technology from mid-2019.”
“It is estimated that nearly 140,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Australia in 2018 alone, and that there will be nearly 50,000 cancer deaths in the same period,” said Richard Hausmann, Elekta President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of the contributions that Elekta products, software and services have made to advance the care of Australian cancer patients, and we are gratified that GenesisCare is helping to achieve our shared vision of making innovative technologies available to patients who may benefit from them.”
GenesisCare has developed a world-class model for cancer care that is designed to improve healthcare quality and access by ensuring patients receive the right care when needed, continuously finding ways to capture and monitor patient outcomes and providing better support to the people looking after patients. Consistent with this model, GenesisCare fosters the sharing of best practices around technology, training, clinical practice, process and systems to facilitate integrated care delivery.
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Elekta Unity is listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and Medsafe New Zealand.