The Life Healthcare Group, one of South Africa’s leading hospital groups brings sophisticated radiation cancer technology to cancer patients in the Midlands, utilising a highly qualified and dedicated team at Life Hilton Private Hospital to ensure that patients get the best care possible.
Cancer is a condition that affects not only cancer patients but their family and community as a whole, from diagnosis to treatment, and should be managed as a collective with all role players doing their part to achieve the best outcomes for patients. “At Life Healthcare we are especially proud of the advances we’ve made in offering a technologically innovative radiotherapy unit at our Life Hilton Private Hospital. We strive to deliver market leading quality care across our service offerings and one of the ways we can do this is through being at the forefront of providing innovative technology to our patients”, says André Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Life Healthcare Group.
The cutting edge technology comes in the form of the Novalis Tx™ Stereotactic RadioSurgery unit, providing advanced radiation therapy to cancer patients with difficult to reach tumours. The Novalis Tx™ shapes the radiation beam precisely to patient’s tumours, ensuring that the best possible treatment dose is delivered while healthy tissue is protected. The radiation beam also adapts to the patient’s breathing and other body movements to continuously maintain safe, complete and accurate treatment. The unit rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. It offers fast treatment session and gives new hope to patients with tumours once considered untreatable.
“We are also proud to announce that this technology is being made available in a third Life Healthcare facility in early 2017 at Life Eugene Marais Hospital (Pretoria, Gauteng)”, added Meyer.
Previously a technology only available overseas, South African oncologists and patients now have the opportunity to benefit from this new standard in radiosurgery treatment.
Elizabeth*, a 60 year old breast cancer patient described her situation as very serious. “The organs around the tumour couldn’t tolerate any more radiation, and so the treatments had to be focused very precisely. Honestly, this felt like my last shot at being treated. But as they were describing what Novalis Tx™ can do, the clinicians projected a positive, can-do attitude that really helped to restore my hopes for a positive outcome. After the first four sessions, I felt well enough to go back to work. On the last day of treatment, which fell on a Saturday, I left the centre and was able to go on with my usual weekend activities.”
“The most advanced technology, together with our experienced, internationally trained and caring radiotherapy team ensures that patients receive the best treatment available. We are privileged at Life Hilton Private Hospital to have such a team of cancer specialists”, says Dr Ziad Seedat, oncologist at Life Hilton Private Hospital’s radiotherapy unit.