The Nairobi Hospital in Kenya Commences Treating Cancer with Advanced Radiotherapy Delivers Using Equipment and Software
A modern linear accelerator has been installed at The Nairobi Hospital in Kenya to provide local cancer patients with advanced radiotherapy treatments for the first time. The hospital hopes to treat up to 50 patients a day on the newly-installed ClinacÂ® DMX machine from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) of Palo Alto, California.
Â â€śThere are very few cancer centres in the east and central African region so we are pleased to be able offer precise and efficient treatments on our new systemâ€ť, says Dr. Cleopa Mailu, chief executive officer of The Nairobi Hospital. â€śWe selected Varian equipment and software because we felt it was best suited for our needs as a modern cancer treatment center.
Patients at the private clinic will initially be treated 3-D conformal radiotherapy and clinicians at the hospital intend to introduce more advanced treatments such as intensity-moducalated radiotherapy and stereopatic radiosurgery in the near future. A 3-D conformal treatment involves shaping the treatment beam so that it matches the three dimensional shape of the tumor, minimize exposure of surrounding healthy tissues.
Â The Varian Clinac DMX is equipped with an advanced beam shaping device to help match the dose distribution to the size, shape, and location of tumors. A second Varian Clinac accelerator is due to be installed imminently. The Nairobi Hospital has also acquired a full suite of Varian software and management tools including ARIAÂ® oncology information system, Eclipseâ„˘ treatment planning software and a 4-D integrated treatment console to enable them to deliver quality treatments quickly and care for more patients.
Â Vincent RonflĂ©, Varianâ€™s regional sales manager in Africa, says, â€śEquipping The Nairobi Hospital with modern linear accelerators and making advanced treatments available now gives a very positive signal to the country. There are some real strides being made in healthcare in this region."
Â â€ť Shirely Murray, from Varianâ€™s regional distributor Techmed Africa, adds, â€śFor me personally, this has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable of any project Iâ€™ve worked on. I fell in love with Kenya and its peopleâ€™s enthusiasm, professionalism and work ethic. The Nairobi Hospitalâ€™s patient care is among the best I have ever seen and I feel privileged and proud to have been part of the team that helped make Dr. Mailuâ€™s dream a reality."
Â â€ť The Nairobi Hospital is a private facility in Kenya recognized throughout East Africa as an advanced diagnostic and treatment hospital. This 320bed Hospital contains surgical, medical, obstetric, paediatric and critical care wards.