/PRNewswire/ — The Rinat Akhmetov (Development of Ukraine) Foundation
took bold strides in 2011 to advance patient care by acquiring a comprehensive
range of cancer management technology to equip the radiotherapy department at
Rivne Regional Oncologic Dispensary in Ukraine. The Foundation chose
Elekta to supply a comprehensive radiotherapy treatment solution, which
includes an advanced digital treatment system, oncology information system and
treatment planning systems.
“The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation needed to address a
critical shortage of modern cancer treatment technology in eight provinces in Western Ukraine,” says Tetyana, Shcheglovskaya M.D.,
Head of the Radiotherapy Department at Rivne Regional Oncologic Dispensary.
“For the Rivne center, it considered a combination of factors, including
technical sophistication, price and company reputation among several tenders,
ultimately selecting Elekta to provide this equipment.”
With its significantly strengthened cancer management
capacity, the 240-bed Rivne clinic will serve as a magnet for patient care in a
wide region, encompassing the cities of Lutsk,
Ternopl and Zhitomyr. In addition, Rivne Regional Oncologic Dispensary will
serve patients in Chernobyl,
approximately 175 miles to the east. Chernobyl
is the site of the 1986 nuclear power plant accident.
In its first three months, Rivne Regional Oncologic
Dispensary has increased its daily radiotherapy patient volume to more than 50
and has enjoyed some early clinical successes.
“The results have been very good,” Dr.
Shcheglovskaya reports. “For example, tumor shrinkage has been more than
90 percent in clinical cases involving tumor of the maxillary sinus. We have
been able to treat a wide range of patient ages, including individuals with
She attributes part of this success to the smooth
implementation of Rivne’s Elekta technology.
“We were impressed by the quality of the clinical
training for our staff and the problem-free process of the project launch, Dr.
Shcheglovskaya says. “From a technology perspective, the big advantages
have been the simplicity of the workflow and the reliability of the Elekta
equipment. The high level of service also has made an impact on us. When we
needed support, it was just a phone call away with rapid on-site help if
For a city of about 250,000 inhabitants, Rivne Regional
Oncologic Dispensary represents a major step forward, she adds.
“We hope to become one of the best radiotherapy centers
in a few years, thanks to the help of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation,” Dr.
Shcheglovskaya says. “Our aim is to use everything we have received in the
best way to help Ukrainian patients.”
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Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical
solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops
sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for
radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow
enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the
boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and
resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers
and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.
Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are
used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,300 employees
globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden,
and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb.
Posted by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT