New brachytherapy suite for women in
HALIFAX – Women are getting more
comfortable and more efficient treatment for gynecological cancer in a
new brachytherapy suite at Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax. The
suite was made possible through a private donation and a partnership
between the Department of Health, QEII Foundation and Capital Health.
“This suite helps us provide better healthcare for Nova Scotian families
while also living within our means,” said Health Minister Maureen
MacDonald, who toured the facility July 22. “This will free up operating
room time and reduce the number of patients that need to be admitted to
hospital so it will indirectly reduce the wait times of other patients.”
Dean and Evelyn Salsman donated $1 million to the QEII Foundation to
establish the brachytherapy suite and the Department of Health provided
just under $1 million.
It is the first dedicated brachytherapy suite in Canada that combines
the services and equipment necessary for a patient to be treated in one
room. Before, a patient would need to go through three areas, including
the operating room for general anesthetic, to receive treatment.
Posted August 26, 2010