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Radiation treatment for over 1,000 patients

The Ceylinco Healthcare Centre's Radiation Treatment Unit had dispensed radiation treatment to over 1,000 cancer patients by the end of May 2009.


The Ceylinco Healthcare Centre

The treatment has resulted in a significant saving of foreign exchange and by the end of May 2009 an estimated Rs 261 million had been saved on medical treatment excluding the cost of air travel and accommodation that would have been incurred if these treatments were done overseas, the unit said.

"Receiving radiation treatment in one's own country also eliminates the stress of travel and provides the important additional benefit of having one's loved ones near," said Senior Oncologist and Medical Director at the Ceylinco Healthcare Centre Dr. Sarath Abeykoon.

The state-of-the-art Radiation Treatment Unit offers external beam treatments using Sri Lanka's first Linear Accelerator, Breachy therapy, which involves internal radiation, Radioactive Iodine therapy and Chemotherapy.

The Linear Accelerator is the international Gold standards in the delivery of external beam radiotherapy.

In early 2008, the Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Unit carried out the first ever IMRT in Sri Lanka and now carries out IMRT on a regular basis. IMRT is one of the safest and most advanced radiation therapy techniques for the treatment of many forms of cancer.

It treats the tumour with precision, thereby reducing harm to the non-cancerous cells.

This treatment enables radiation oncologist to deliver tightly conforming high doses of radiation directly to the tumour irrespective of its shape.

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