There are six cobalt machines that assist in the provision of teletherapy treatment. Approximately 15 patients are given treatment daily. During teletherapy treatment patients are requested to lie down on a treatment bed whilst the treatment is carried out. Teletherapy is a non-invasive procedure, which uses external radiation to treat the cancer. During the treatment the radioactive isotope called cobalt-60 is directed at the specific cancer sites within the body, where it emits radioactive beams. These beams are absorbed and kill the cancer cells, and therefore can improve the patient’s health status. During the treatment, the hospital clinicians and assistants will be there to support patients and respond to any queries.
A new LINAC machine is also in the process of being installed at the hospital. When installed the new LINAC will provide an effective means of teletherapy treatment.