The Chief Executive Officer of the Launceston General Hospital, Dr Stephen Ayre, will today join treating specialist Dr Stan Gauden to thank the community for a decade of support for the hospital's Brachytherapy service.
"In the past 10 years almost 1,000 Brachytherapy procedures have been delivered by the Holman Clinic and Dr Gauden
staff are recognised today as international leaders in this form of cancer treatment." Dr Gauden, who is Chairman of the Northern W.P. Holman Clinic Trust, said High Dose Rate Brachytherapy involved the accurate placement of a computer-controlled radioactive source directly within or near a tumour site. Dr Gauden
said the number of patients presenting for Brachytherapy treatment had almost doubled since the service began.
"Our facilities have had to grow to meet this demand and that would not have been possible without the generous support of the Clinic's many benefactors.
"Over recent years community donations have supported extensions to the day oncology/chemotherapy area, the purchase of new technology and equipment and the refurbishment of patient areas and meeting rooms." Dr Gauden
said the Clinic Trust
was taking the opportunity of the Brachytherapy 10th birthday celebrations to sincerely thank the community for its generous support and to demonstrate the Clinic's