New Cancer Machine in South African Hospital Speeds Up Treatment

Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town has unveiled a new radiotherapy machine worth U.S.$2.3 million that can treat up to 40 patients a day. The new Halcyon machine looks a lot like a CT scanner, and it virtually makes no noise, said Nanette Joubert, a medical physicist. Everything is contained inside the machine, which makes it much safer. A full treatment can be done within six minutes. This is four times faster than standard treatments.

The new Halcyon radiotherapy machine at Groote Schuur hospital. In front is Nanette Joubert, medical physicist. Back from left to right: Dr Bhavna Patel, CEO of the hospital; Dr Bernadette Eick, chief operations officer; Francois Heyns, a patient; and Prof Jeannette Parks; head of Radiation Oncology.


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