"Steady progress" in new
cross-border cancer unit
A Donegal based cancer
campaign group has welcomed the "firm and steady
progress" being made in the construction of the new
cross-border Radiotherapy Unit in Derry.
Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) said
the Linac treatment machines and CT simulator have
been installed and are being commissioned for
treatment by the Altnagelvin Hospital physics team.
It said the multidisciplinary team is "preparing
pathways and protocols to deliver advanced state of
the art radiotherapy treatments for patients".
Meanwhile, it said just a few of the consultant
oncology posts remain to be filled with more
interviews due to take place this month.
An estimated 400 patients per year from the Donegal
catchment area are expected to receive treatment at
the unit annually.
accelerator machines arriving earlier this year for
installation at the new cross-border radiotherapy
cancer centre at Altnagelvin Hospital,
CCC(NW) said it had
read the recent newsletter of the radiotherapy unit
It stated that the new service "will increase
treatment capacity, improve patient access and
shorten travel times for patients from the North
"In designing this service we are working with the
clinical teams in Letterkenny, Galway and Dublin to
advance the delivery of safe seamless services for
The team continued: "The radiotherapy and clinical
teams are engaging and working together to agree and
enable the safe handover of patients who will
require treatment. This work is focusing on:
electronic exchange of clinical information;
clinical pathways; referrals; clinical documents and
discharge letters and OPD letters."
A CCC(NW) spokesperson said: "(We) applaud the
achievements of the hard work of the project team
and continue to wish them well in all their