Cutting-edge technology meets compassionate care
We learn why Busamed Hillcrest Oncology Centre is considered the local gateway to top-tier radiation therapy services.
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Busamed Hillcrest Oncology Centre was established in 2018 with a focus on enhancing patient well-being. While specialising in breast cancer, our dedicated team extends its expertise to treat various cancers, including head and neck, lung, prostate, and other sites.
Having assisted thousands of patients and their families, our commitment is unwavering. We deliver exceptional treatment using advanced technology in a comforting and easily accessible environment. This reflects our pride in showcasing the collective strength of institutions collaborating to uplift the health of our community.
Our dedication to advancing patient care leads us to continually invest in innovative technology at Busamed Hillcrest Oncology. Our mission is clear: to provide an excellent standard of care and exceptional treatment close to home.
We were the first in Sub-Saharan Africa to offer the Halcyon™ Radiation Therapy System, a revolutionary technology capable of delivering high-quality radiation therapy for various cancer types.
The Halcyon™ linear accelerator, resembling a CT scanner, prioritises your comfort. Its design minimises noise and vibration, and a two-way intercom facilitates communication with your radiation therapist. The extra-large circular opening adds to the overall comfort of your experience.
Precision and protection with AlignRT® InBore™
In pursuit of advancing the precision and safety standards in radiation therapy on the Halcyon™ platform and aligning with our commitment to pioneering InBore™ treatment delivery, we have strategically invested in the cutting-edge AlignRT® InBore™ technology. Notably, we are the inaugural institution in Africa to incorporate this state-of-the-art solution. This ground-breaking technology seamlessly integrates precision, safety, and workflow efficiency, thereby augmenting the overall treatment experience for our patients.
AlignRT® InBore™ incorporates a discreetly placed miniaturised camera within the Halcyon™ treatment ring, ensuring sub-millimetric accuracy in patient monitoring. Through a unique projection of a speckled pattern on your skin, thousands of reference points are utilised by AlignRT®, providing unparalleled precision. The captured imaging information is seamlessly integrated into a software programme, allowing real-time and accurate tracking throughout your setup and radiotherapy treatment. This ensures immediate alerting if any movement deviates from the optimal position.
Tattoo and mark-free treatment
Traditional radiation therapy requires patients to receive small, often permanent tattoos on their skin to help the radiation therapist position them for treatment. AlignRT® InBore™ projects thousands of virtual tattoos on the surface of your body to monitor your positioning with sub millimetric accuracy.
Using AlignRT® InBore™, Busamed Hillcrest Oncology Centre has joined a growing number of premiere radiation oncology centres around the world offering tattoo and mark-free treatments.
This technology enhances setup accuracy by continuously monitoring a patient’s movements during treatment delivery, thereby improving the overall treatment experience. Additionally, this technology serves as a platform to notably decrease cardiac doses for patients undergoing radiotherapy to the left breast.
Proven as a game-changer for treatments such as Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) and stereotactic procedures, AlignRT® InBore™ offers an unprecedented level of treatment accuracy that prioritises your comfort. Embrace the future of patient care at Busamed Hillcrest Oncology Centre with AlignRT® InBore™, where technology meets compassion for a personalised and enhanced treatment journey.
MEET THE EXPERT – Dr Ziad Seedat
Dr Ziad Seedat attended the University of Natal and Edinburgh and joined Hopelands in 2004. His special interests are in head and neck stereotactic radiosurgery. He is a director and executive committee member of the South African Oncology Consortium, has served on the steering committee of the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists, and is a member of the European Society for Medical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
This article was sponsored by Vision RT
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