New cancer centre planned for Cork

 

UPMC, Pittsburgh, USA and Bon Secours Health System Ltd, Ireland, have formed a joint venture in Cork, Ireland, to own and operate one of the nation’s most advanced radiation therapy centres for the treatment of cancer patients.

It will combine the expertise of Ireland’s largest independent health care provider with UPMC’s model of cancer care that brings innovative and personalised treatment close to where patients live.

The radiotherapy centre will be built on the Bon Secours campus in Cork as part of a new, six-storey expansion currently under construction. The joint venture, to be managed by UPMC and owned equally by both partners, will lease space from Bon Secours. Starting in 2019, it expects to treat patients with two advanced Varian TrueBeam Radiotherapy System linear accelerators, providing image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Used for a variety of cancers, these approaches are designed to improve patient outcomes while minimising side effects.

In 2006, UPMC opened its first international cancer centre, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in Waterford, based on UPMC’s model at the Hillman Cancer Centre in Pittsburgh. UPMC also operates a radiation centre in Rome and works with partners in Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Colombia, Russia, Myanmar and other nations to improve cancer care worldwide.

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