The Clara Brathwaite Oncology Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will now be better equipped to assist patients requiring radiotherapy for their breast cancer treatments.
The centre recently received a donation of brassiere sets and skin markers at
Imaging and Ultrasound Inc.’s offices in Belleville, St. Michael, which was purchased following a series of donations to a charitable cause.
Derlwyn Wilkinson of the QEH’s Radiology Department stated, “The portable skin markers are affixed to the patient’s skin and are used to indicate the exact area on the patient’s body that will be irradiated, and these ones are durable, water resistant,and comfortable to the patient.”
He added that, “The breast/brassiere set will be used for patients who are getting radiotherapy following conservative breast cancer surgery, and it will give us an up to date solution to some of the problems we face when we have to position and immobilize patients for treatment. In radiotherapy the area being treated has to be kept very still, so that the exact area where the cancer is can be treated properly. Therefore, this brassiere set ensures that we can get the patient immobilized and ensure the treatment is given in the same way each day.”
Wilkinson concluded that the equipment will be put into use immediately.