CORK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL will host the most comprehensive range of cancer treatment services in the country when its new radiation oncology department, the Glandore Centre, becomes operational in the coming months.
The centre, built at a cost of €40 million, houses the most up to date radiotherapy/oncology facilities available nationally, with five linear accelerators, scanning equipment, and treatment planning facilities which will enable the delivery of precision radiotherapy.
It will be the only public hospital facility in Ireland using surface guided radiation treatment (SGRT), speeding up and improving the accuracy of treatment and reducing the need for immobilisation. SGRT at the centre is being funded by the Cork charity, Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT) at a cost of €800,000.
The new centre which was officially opened today by the Tánaiste, will provide cancer treatment for patients from all over Munster.
Simon Coveney described the centre as an outstanding achievement for CUH.
“This is one of the most modern cancer treatment facilities to be found anywhere,” he said. “It brings together wonderful staff expertise and cutting-edge technology.
“This new Glandore Centre is a tremendous resource for Munster cancer patients and their families. Helped by this treatment centre, they will be able to face the challenges of cancer with increased hope and positivity.”
A key innovation for the new centre is a formal collaborative relationship with The Christie Hospital in Manchester, one of the world’s leading cancer treatment and research centres. The Christie has worked with CUH for 18 months, providing mentorship of staff.
CEO at Cork University Hospital, Tony McNamara, said the investment of €40m in cancer services will further complement other significant developments in cancer care in the hospital.