Cancer Centre cleared to provide radiation therapy

From left, Health Minister Molwyn Joseph, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean Dr Conville Brown and Managing Director Dr Tom McGowan. (Photo by Theresa Gordon/OBSERVER media)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given the Cancer Centre of the Eastern Caribbean the green light to provide radiation treatment to residents who will require such services, following the official certification of the centre last month.

Cancer Centre Chairman Dr Conville Brown said the medical facility will be providing radiation therapy to patients as early as next week.

He said prior to this, the facility was only able to provide limited service to patients.

“We were given permission to work with the less sophisticated aspects of therapy called 3D conformal, so we were able to initiate treatment with that. Other patients had to be deferred while we waited clearance,” Dr Brown told a news conference yesterday.

The IAEA is responsible for verifying that the services provided by national laboratories are in keeping with internationally accepted standards, including the traceability of radiation protection instruments.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)


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