The new Netcare Pinehaven oncology centre in Krugersdorp has extended its treatments to include chemotherapy and advanced radiotherapy treatment for communities on the West Rand.

The Netcare Pinehaven oncology centre, which was officially opened in October 2017 and is located at Netcare Pinehaven Hospital, has a capacity to provide treatment to up to 35 patients per day. The centre serves areas including Pinehaven, Featherbrooke, Krugersdorp, Roodepoort and Florida and even further afield.

Manager of Netcare Pinehaven Hospital’s radiation unit, Pogiso Tlholoe, says that the facility’s Elektra Synergy linear accelerator brings world-class, highly targeted radiation therapies to the region for the first time.

“This precise and highly targeted radiotherapy equipment, integrating advanced imaging technology, enables clinicians to accurately visualise tumours and minimise radiotherapy impacts on healthy tissue. This treatment is faster and more reliable than older radiotherapy treatment delivery systems. A range of therapies can be performed by means of the centre’s linear accelerator including external beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated therapy, volumetric arc therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery,” said Tlholoe.

“In addition to offering advanced treatments, the team of multidisciplinary experts at Netcare Pinehaven oncology centre is committed to delivering personal, supportive care. The facility is also beautifully furnished and decorated, creating a tranquil and patient-centred environment for patients as they undergo their treatment,” continued Tlholoe.

To mark the recent World Cancer Day, Netcare Pinehaven oncology centre staged a cancer awareness campaign, whereby members of the public visiting Netcare Pinehaven Hospital were given the opportunity to view the facilities now available in their community.

Cancer patients and their supporters were also able to attend a CanSurvive cancer support group meeting, which was addressed by radiation oncologist, Dr Paul Paradza, who explained all aspects of radiation treatment.

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