Linear accelerator revolutionising cancer treatment in Jamaica

With cancer being among the leading causes of deaths worldwide and accounting for 21 per cent of deaths in Jamaica, the opening of the first of two modern cancer treatment centres at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James is expected to revolutionise the way cancer treatment is administered in Jamaica.The project, at a cost of US$14.5 million [J$1.7 billion], was funded by various donors, led by the National Health Fund. This covers the building and outfitting of the two centres, the second of which will be based at the St Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston.The centre is equipped with a linear accelerator, which is the primary technology being used around the world to provide radiation therapy and treat various types of cancers. Dr Praveen Sharma, consultant radiation oncologist at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, explained that the cobalt machines which were being used in Jamaica for cancer treatment were not only limited with respect to their capacity, but have also exceeded their useful life, making treatment less effective and more risky: THIS IS NEWS FOR THE JAMAICA-GLEANER ; READ MORE