GenesisCare is the first in the independent sector to treat patients with the Versa HDTM, Elekta’s latest and most sophisticated radiotherapy machine. The equipment has been installed into the organisation’s sixth centre in Guildford, and uses cutting-edge linac technology to provide the most precisely targeted external beam radiotherapy treatment available.
The new centre, which is based in St Martha Oncology Centre at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, is the first of its kind in the region and has been welcomed by both doctors and patients. Guildford consultant oncologist, Dr Anthony Neal, commented: “The centre will enhance and complement the comprehensive and excellent NHS radiotherapy facility in Guildford, and ensure that the best available cancer treatments are available to our local population.
“The Versa HD unit is the centrepiece of the facility, and provides an amazing capability to treat patients efficiently, effectively with the latest techniques, and with the utmost reproducibility and safety.”
Jacqui Dorney, lead radiographer and manager at GenesisCare’s Guildford centre, added: “We are the only independent organisation to routinely provide daily image guided radiotherapy treatments via a network of regional centres across the UK, and we’re delighted to be opening our sixth centre in Surrey. It’s great to be working with consultant oncologists and other healthcare professionals in the region, and to be able to provide patient choice.”
The sophisticated features of the Versa HD™ will enable GenesisCare to expand on its extensive experience in intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT). With high-definition beam shaping via Elekta’s Agility™ 160 multi-leaf collimator and the system’s High Dose Rate mode, Versa HD will significantly improve the execution of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and allow patients to benefit from techniques such as volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT).
Dr Neal concluded: “GenesisCare has a very strong track record of developing radiotherapy units of excellence in the private sector. They appreciate the holistic needs of patients with cancer, particularly with respect to information and support services. The development of this new centre is a very exciting prospect.”