Cancer and cardiovascular disease are the two largest health burdens in Australia, representing more than a third of recurrent healthcare expenditure. More than one in three Australians will discover they have cancer by the age of 75 and the incidence is increasing across all cancer types. Although Australia has one of the highest survival rates in the world, cancer is the largest contributor to disease and injury in Australia and the second most common cause of death.
About one in two cancer patients require radiation therapy at least once for the cure or palliation of their condition, however only one in three receives this essential treatment because of difficulties accessing specialised facilities and a lack of understanding about appropriate treatment options.
Over the last decade Genesis CancerCare has worked to bridge this gap by expanding its network of radiation oncology centres and introducing advanced treatment technologies in areas of need.
Modern radiation therapy equipment such as the linear accelerators used by Genesis CancerCare provides treatments with extremely high precision that are delivered accurately and rapidly. This advanced technology enables more radiation to be administered to a tumour site while reducing unwanted dose to surrounding healthy organs, resulting in a better clinical outcome for the patient.