New cancer treatment launched in Cork

Pictured at the launch at the Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre are Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Derry Canty; Dr. Paul Kelly, Consultant Radiation Oncologist; Eamonn Fitzgerald, Managing Director UPMC in Ireland; Harry Canning, CEO Bon Secours Cork and Mary Hickey. (Picture: Gerard McCarthy)

Traditional radiation therapy requires patients to receive small, permanent tattoos on their skin to help the radiation therapist position them for treatment. However, new technology which has been officially launched by Bon Secours Radiotherapy Cork in partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre, now removes that need.

Marks and tattoos historically helped set patients up by providing alignment to the desired treatment area and were used as a guide at each radiation treatment visit, with on average, patients receive three to four tattoos or marks.


Speaking at the launch of the Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT), available at the cancer centre in Cork, Mary Hickey, Operations Manager, said: “At the Bon Secours Radiotherapy Cork in partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre, we are constantly striving to provide the best possible care for our patients and introducing this SGRT precision technology has enhanced patient safety and comfort.

“Aside from the technological advances, mark free treatments have a real impact for the patient cosmetically as they will no longer be left with permanent tattoos following cancer treatment.

“Using a state-of-the-art technology, AlignRT, we’re proud to offer radiation therapy treatment to communities close to home, eliminating the need for these tattoos and skin marks,” Ms Hickey said.