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Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre two new radiotherapy machines

Cancer patients in the west now have access to the latest technology in radiation cancer treatment.

Today, the Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre (SHRTC) facility commenced treatment on two new medical linear accelerator (LINAC) machines, as part of an investment in Melbourne’s west worth more than $6 million.

The Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre is a partnership between Western Health and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Installation of the Varian Truebeam machines allows for delivery of especially complex treatments, including for small tumours in the brain, and highest dose treatments to other targets in the body.

Previously, patients had to travel to Peter Mac’s Parkville campus to receive these treatments.

The new machines are also more efficient, and can treat 10% more patients per year than the older machines.

The new machines use high-energy X-rays or electrons to destroy cancer cells. It is the device most commonly used to deliver radiation treatments to people with cancer.

The first patient to be treated on the new LINACS, Philip Ring, said: “It’s great to have these new machines in Sunshine. I live in St Albans, so it’s easier to be treated at Sunshine Hospital rather than going into the city. Particularly because I’ll be coming in every week day for seven weeks.”

Western Health Chief Executive Russell Harrison said: “We are thrilled that the communities in Melbourne’s western suburbs now have access to these state-of-the-art machines, complementing the cancer care we provide at Western Health. Treatment delivered close to home is so important and offers many benefits to our patients and their families.”

Claire Phillips, Director of Radiation Oncology at Peter Mac, said: “We are always looking to make it easier for patients to access treatment. These new capabilities will make treatment more bearable for a significant number of our patients”.


For more information or to arrange an interview, call:

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – Anastasia Casagrande, 0434 574 840

Western Health – Ellise McLoughlan, 0428 445 097

About Peter Mac and Western Health

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world-leading cancer research, education and treatment centre and Australia’s only public health service solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.

Western Health manages four acute public hospitals: Sunshine Hospital (including Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s), Footscray Hospital, Williamstown Hospital and Bacchus Marsh Hospital, providing a combination of hospital, community-based and in-reach services in one of the fastest growing and most diverse regions of Australia.