Stavros Niarchos Foundation proceeded to the donation of two linear accelerators to “Attikon” University General Hospital.
The accelerators will offer the possibility of increasing the number of cancer patients that undergo radiotherapy, while at the same time they will result in a significant reduction of their waiting time and better treatment of their illness.
The linear accelerators of the Hospital’s Radiotherapy Department were inaugurated by the President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Thursday morning. Later he was showed around the premises the machines were installed and operated and was informed by the experts about their potential.
Mr. Pavlopoulos made plenty of questions to the scientists, which were mainly focused on the new possibilities of modern linear accelerators, the waiting times of patients and how much these times will be improved by their operation.
The experts explained to the President that with the help of this modern technology that SNF donated, they can offer “qualitative chemotherapy” to the patient. More precisely, the machines can accurately target the cancerous areas with higher doses of radiation without affecting the healthy tissues.
“With new linear accelerators, irradiation increases, the treatment is shorter and safer,” they said.
The donation at “Attikon” has exceeded 4 million euros including the installation-operation of the two new linear accelerators and the upgrading of an existing accelerator in the hospital. The Foundation will hold the fort of the maintenance of all machines for the next two years as well as the cost of training for those who will handle them.
It is noted that every year in Greece more than 28,000 people need radiation therapy, while 4,000 patients remain on a waiting list due to the limited number of machines.
In our country there are 3.8 radiotherapy machines per million population, when the corresponding average in EU countries is 6.5 to 7.
In total, the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation includes the supply and installation of ten linear accelerators in seven public hospitals in the country, and more specifically at University General Hospitals Attikon (Athens), Alexandroupolis, Larissa, Patras and Heraklion, as well as Alexandra General Hospital (Athens) and the one of Thessaloniki “Theageneio”.