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Six future radiation therapists receive Elekta educational scholarships

Elekta selected six students to receive the company’s 2021-2022 Elekta Radiation Therapy Scholarship, a grant to help them pursue a career as a radiation therapist. The winners are Prince Asamoah, Anya Burke, Calista Johnson, Lydia LaCost, Keena St Louis, and Kelly Thai. Prince Asamoah – A goal to improve the lives of people with cancer…

Paying it forward in Papua New Guinea

A decade’s worth of trips between her position at Melbourne’s Alfred Health Radiation Oncology and ANGAU Hospital’s National Cancer Treatment Centre (Lae, Papua New Guinea [PNG]) has given Catherine “Cath” Beaufort a keen understanding of PNG’s people and their healthcare challenges. Cancer management, in particular, is plagued by a lack of advanced technology and training,…

No more landfill trips for Elekta’s United Kingdom manufacturing facility

As of March 1, Elekta’s facilities in Crawley, UK “Cornerstone,” stopped trucking the solid waste products from linear accelerator manufacture and office refuse to a landfill. Whatever can’t be recycled back into the manufacturing stream is converted into electricity via incineration and organic matter is transformed into biomass fuel. The company-wide zero-landfill goal for all…

Beirut hospital to offer more advanced cancer treatment with linac upgrade

Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, has perhaps suffered more than other cities during the Covid-19 pandemic. In August 2020, an explosion in the city’s harbor left over 200 people dead, injured 7,500 and put an additional burden on hospitals already under pressure due to the pandemic. Consequently, hundreds – possibly thousands – of people with cancer were…

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…

Gender equality – where’s the science in it?

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we have brought together three female Elekta leaders to discuss their perspectives on gender equality in science-based roles. Here you’ll find out what the current challenges are and what can be done to entice more women to work in this field. Giulia Thompson, PhD,…