Gary Bee, Dosimetrist and Chris Hasler, Clinical Scientist attended the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) conference held in Barcelona earlier this month and presented the results of audit projects undertaken in The Beacon over the past two year years. The annual ESTRO event is the largest radiotherapy gathering in Europe and attracts representatives from many countries.
Gary Bee discussed the results of a review of breast radiotherapy patients which has shown it is possible to refine the radiotherapy treatment planning process for patients with breast cancer. Chris Hasler, Clinical Scientist, reported on an audit of radiotherapy imaging units undertaken in six centres across the South West region.
The Beacon Centre provides radiotherapy treatment to more than 1,200 patients per annum. It accommodates chemotherapy and outpatient services, together with a radiotherapy unit with Elekta linear accelerators, a CT simulator and an 18 bed inpatient oncology ward, chemotherapy suite for 22 patients and a clinical trials room.
An innovative PPP project and the first to be driven by equipment, MESL provided the Project Director to Financial Close and the Chairman to the consortium providing the funding, design, construction and commissioning of the building and equipment and then the maintenance of the building and the major pieces of equipment, principally the linear accelerators, for 30 years.