A new modern chemotherapy unit has opened at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand, in addition to the existing oncology services already available at the hospital.

According to Netcare, the chemotherapy services are backed by evidence-based protocols and a dedicated multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

“The new chemotherapy unit extends the range of treatments we are able to provide to cancer patients, and we hope that this development will help to make it more convenient and accessible for them if they have to undergo chemotherapy,” said Netcare’s Gauteng South West Regional Director, Sandile Mbele.

“With nuclear medicine and surgical treatment options, including the highly advanced Da Vinci Si robotic-assisted surgery system used to treat localised prostate cancer, as well as kidney and bladder cancers, already operational at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital, the introduction of a chemotherapy service there means that we are now able to fight a bigger range of cancers in the most effective way,” added Netcare’s executive responsible for oncology, Noeleen Phillipson.

The chemotherapy unit has five treatment stations, and treatment is provided in accordance with the South African Oncology Consortium’s protocols.

“Netcare’s approach to cancer care services is based on the principles of the appropriate use of high-end treatment technology and collaboration with independent oncologists embracing best practice in oncology treatment, so that patients are assured of clinical excellence,” said Phillipson.

“At the same time, individuals requiring chemotherapy are also supported through services such as counselling and guidance on coping with the illness, nutritional advice by dieticians and physiotherapy provided by physiotherapists for patients suffering with lymphoedema,” continued Phillipson.

Mbele says Netcare Waterfall City Hospital’s cancer services are furthermore strengthened by diagnostic capabilities, such as those offered through the radiology and pathology departments.

“The spectrum of cancer care services that are available at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital means that we can answer the needs of our patients even better. The addition of the new chemotherapy unit is a significant development in the services we offer to cancer patients in Gauteng and, in fact, across South Africa,” concluded Mbele.

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