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Beacon Hospital wins award for delivering pioneering cancer treatment

UPMC Beacon Hospital is the only hospital in Ireland to provide the treatment.

Beacon Hospital in South Dublin.
Beacon Hospital in South Dublin.
Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

THE UPMC BEACON Hospital in Dublin has been awarded for delivering a pioneering treatment in stereotactic radiosurgery, which is used to treat cancer.

The Beacon is the only hospital in Ireland that provides stereotactic radiosurgery, and since 2008, the hospital has delivered 2,548 treatments, 1,176 of which took place last year, on over 500 patients.

Stereotactic radiotherapy delivers high doses of radiotherapy by directing fine beams of radiation at very small tumours. It is a non-invasive technique which can replace the need for complex invasive surgery in the case of some brain or lung tumours, cancer of the spine, liver and kidney among other areas.

Welcoming the Radiosurgery Excellence Award 2013 that will be presented by Varian, manufacturers of the stereotactic radiosurgery equipment, Mr Joel Yuhas, CEO of UPMC Beacon Hospital said:

We are delighted to accept this award and are proud of UPMC’s pioneering position in this field in Ireland.

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