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Vigilance a key part of catching cancer early

When it comes to discovering lumps or bumps in or on one’s body, denial and wishful thinking that they’ll just go away is a poor strategy, according to Alex Hill, Healthcare Account Director for Elekta (Georgia, northern Florida) and testicular cancer survivor. “My advice to anyone who notices something like that is get it checked…

Embracing virtual working to help radiotherapy teams to continue vital care

New NHS figures have revealed the significant impact Covid-19 has had on cancer patients, with diagnostics and surgery being badly affected. A breakdown of the figures by Cancer Research show that 4.6 million fewer diagnostic tests were carried out during the pandemic than the previous year and the charity estimates 45,000 fewer patients began treatment…

How the “Maternal Wall” impacts STEM professionals

A confident, rising star in Elekta’s linac business, Sonal Bhadane still fretted about what would become of her career when in 2016 she became pregnant with her first child. “I was doing really well at my job, I was on the verge of promotion and everything in my career was on an upward trajectory,” says…

Pandemic puts focus on hypofractionated radiotherapy in Colombia

While many Colombian cancer patients experienced long delays in their radiotherapy treatment for prostate and breast cancer due to Covid-19 restrictions, the pandemic has encouraged and accelerated the adoption of hypofractionated protocols that have significantly shortened the patient’s cancer treatment journey. “We started using hypofractionated radiotherapy – 60 Gy in 20 fractions – for our…

20-minute single-fraction lung treatment to ease surgical workload during pandemic

In this case study, a newly adopted ultra-hypofractionation scheme was used to treat a male patient diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the right lung and bronchus. The case was considered medically and technically operable but in light of the ongoing pandemic and since the patient had no underlying health conditions or previous radiation…

Growing green credentials for Earth Day

For more than half a decade, April 22 has been heralded as Earth Day. It was originally created to raise awareness of the environmental condition of the U.S. and bring the issues into the country’s national agenda. The day is now marked internationally, and this year’s theme is about restoring the earth. To mark the…

Elekta radiation therapy system brings hope to cancer patients in China’s Zhejiang province

Elekta Infinity gives clinicians the technology to deliver precision radiation medicine. June 2020 saw a new dawn of hope and better cancer treatments for patients in and around China’s Zhejiang province with the installation of an Elekta Infinity™ linear accelerator at Zhejiang People’s Hospital. Elekta Infinity brings sophisticated 4D CBCT image guidance and other advanced…

March into happiness

International Day of Happiness is marked on Saturday, March 20 and this year it couldn’t be more poignant. The day was originally decided by the UN General Assembly when 193 United Nations member states collectively called for happiness to be highlighted globally as a far more significant and important issue. To mark the occasion, Karin…