First to treat multiple brain tumours with new therapy
First in New Zealand to treat multiple brain tumours
with new advanced radiation therapy
A Wellington cancer patient has become the first person in New Zealand to have multiple brain tumours treated at the one time with a new radiation therapy technology at Bowen Icon Cancer Centre at Bowen Hospital.
Bowen Icon Cancer Centre is the first in New Zealand to treat a patient with multiple brain tumours using Varian’s HyperArcTM, a new advanced cancer treatment technology providing a true end-to-end solution for multiple brain tumours. The HyperArc technology utilises the features of the Varian machine that delivers radiation therapy (TrueBeam linear accelerator) to accurately deliver precise radiation therapy and enables a patient’s cancer treatment to be delivered with greater efficiency, accuracy and comfort.
HyperArc enables clinicians to treat multiple tumours with high-doses of radiation therapy precisely pinpointing the tumours in various locations in the brain – all with a full automated system. It enables multiple tumours to be treated while ensuring limited doses to surrounding healthy brain tissue. Some systems require multiple setup points and the need for treatments to stop and start, meaning patients are on the treatment bed for longer. HyperArc is able to deliver treatment to multiple tumours quicker in one automated setup point, meaning patients are on the bed for shorter periods of time, with treatment lasting only a few minutes, and the process is completed in the safest way possible with one single process from start to finish.
41-year-old Emily Brodnicki was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer in 2016. Having gone through surgery and six months of intense chemotherapy for bowel cancer, Emily has since continued to see specialists. In 2018 the cancer had spread to her lung, where she received radiation therapy treatment. Earlier this year, CT scans found three tumours in her brain. However, Emily has been able to receive treatment using the HyperArc technology which has allowed her to continue living the best possible life.
“When I was told I had tumours in my brain, I was just devastated. I thought I’d had a stroke, but hearing it was a tumour – I thought that was the end. It was a really scary time,” said Emily.
“Hearing that I might have to get my whole brain radiated was daunting, I was told it could result in early dementia. But then when I was informed I could receive this new precise treatment, I became optimistic. The treatment was so non-invasive, it was incredible. I was only on the bed for about 15 minutes and I felt fine afterwards. I never really felt that unwell or tired.”
“The fact that someone could do something at every stage gave me hope. Being able to access this treatment and have my tumours all treated at once was just amazing. I’m able to continue spending time with my amazing husband and kids and making the most of every minute.”
Icon Group CEO Mark Middleton said the company invests in the latest technology and cancer techniques for the benefit of patients and their families.
“The Varian HyperArc™ technology places Bowen at the forefront of exceptional cancer care, both in New Zealand and across the world. Every day, an estimated 63 people in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer, providing the latest technology is vital to give people the best possible treatment outcomes, and ensure they receive this care when and where they need it,” said Mr Middleton.
Acurity Health Group CEO, Dr Jonathan Coleman said the partnership with Icon Group to develop Bowen Icon Cancer Centre has increased cancer treatment options for patients.
“Private cancer care plays an important role in supporting public hospital services by broadening the treatment options for patients like Emily,” says Dr Coleman.
Bowen Icon Cancer Centre offers treatment for all cancers and blood disorders and personalised support for patients and their loved ones for every step of their cancer treatment. The centre includes a 6-chair day hospital with the ease of no wait-list, consultation and treatment in a timely manner, free parking for patients and an experienced team of medical professionals.
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• Bowen Icon Cancer Centre is home to New Zealand's second Varian HyperArc technology, the latest radiation therapy innovation for multiple brain tumours, primarily used to treat secondary brain tumours
• Bowen Icon Cancer Centre is the first in New Zealand to treat a patient with multiple brain metastases using the Varian HyperArc™ technology.
• Accurate and precise treatments delivered across a shorter period of time
• Multiple tumours to be treated at the same time (without the need to manually change patient setup) while ensuring limited doses to healthy brain tissue, resulting in less severe side effects e.g. reduced headaches and hair loss
• Faster treatment, less time on bed for patients
• Champions patient safety – including a virtual dry run feature ensuring treatments can be quality checked and tested and setup times for patients reduced.
About Bowen Icon Cancer Centre
Bowen Icon Cancer Centre is a partnership between Acurity Health Group and specialist cancer care provider Icon Group. It is the only fully integrated private cancer facility for oncology outpatients throughout the Wellington region and beyond. Through Bowen Icon Cancer Centre, Acurity Health Group and Icon Group are committed to investing in the best technology available to provide the best possible cancer care, closer to home for New Zealanders.
For more information visit www.boweniconcancercentre.co.nz
About Icon Group
Icon Group is Australia’s largest dedicated cancer care provider with a growing reach into New Zealand, Singapore and China.
The Group’s cancer services include 29 cancer centres in Australia and New Zealand, including day oncology hospitals, radiation oncology facilities and comprehensive centres that bring both oncology disciplines together.
The Group also encompasses Epic Pharmacy: provider of medication management and pharmacy services to the hospital, oncology and aged care sectors; and Slade Health: one of Australia’s largest chemotherapy compounders with three TGA-approved manufacturing sites across the eastern seaboard. For more information visit www.icongroup.global and follow us on social media @IconGroupGlobal
Acurity Health Group
One of New Zealand’s leading private
providers of healthcare services, Acurity owns and operates
Wakefield and Bowen Hospitals in Wellington, and Royston
Hospital in Hawke’s Bay.
With a partnership with Icon Group based in Brisbane, Australia, Acurity also delivers private oncology services at Bowen Icon Cancer Centre in Wellington.
It also has investments in Endoscopy Auckland, Laparoscopy Auckland, Grace Hospital Tauranga, Proactive, and Birthcare Auckland.
Acurity aims to be the preferred provider of private healthcare services, chosen by leading specialists, major health insurers, patients and their families. This is demonstrated through Acurity’s commitment to developing and growing their hospitals and continuously investing in the latest technology, while being a leader in their sector.
Issued on behalf of Icon Group and Acurity Health Group by SenateSHJ.