Thanks to your donations, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation is able to purchase leading edge cancer treatment equipment for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and Regional Cancer Centres across Newfoundland and Labrador. Together, in conjunction with the Cancer Care Program of Eastern Health, capital equipment priorities are reviewed every fiscal year.
Some examples of the Foundation’s Investments in Equipment Include:
Brachytherapy makes it possible to treat a cancer safely with a higher dose of radiation than can be given with external beam radiation therapy. It is an essential component of radiotherapy for cancers of the prostate, cervix and uterus. It allows our radiation oncologists, like Dr. Teri Stuckless in photo, to treat cancers to a very high dose while still protecting the patients’ normal tissues from permanent damage thus improving our chances of cure.
With an investment of $75,000 from the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, new cervix cancer brachytherapy applicators, a new endocavity transducer and a new abdominal transducer were purchased to enhance our standard of high quality treatment so that the cancer patients of Newfoundland and Labrador receive precise and accurate brachytherapy.
Radiation Therapy Machine
The Foundation partnered with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to install a new Radiation Therapy Machine, TrueBeam STX, at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.
The total cost of implementing TrueBeam STx was $6.1 million, with contributions coming from Husky Energy, Suncor Energy, Newfoundland Power, TradesNL and other private donors.
Approved by Health Canada in 2010, the TrueBeam STx system will allow the cancer care team to navigate the complexities of cancer treatment including particular challenging cases in the brain spine, lung, liver, and prostate. With improved technology, the ability exists to better target higher doses of radiation to smaller parts of the body.
4-Dimension CT Simulators
The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation has raised $2 Million dollars to purchase two 4 Dimension CT Simulators for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. A key piece of equipment in Radiation Treatment planning, the benefits of these 4D CT Simulators include:
- Superior Image quality
- Shorter scan times for patients
- The ability to merge numerous diagnostic impages to see tumour changes or features
Investments in Patient & Family Comfort
The Foundation invests in equipment to enhance the comfort of cancer patients and their families for Cancer Centres across Newfoundland and Labrador. The Foundation regularly purchases Chemotherapy Recliners, Patient and Family Chairs, Blood Pressure Monitors, Blanket Warmers and Chemotherapy Beds.