All-in-one oncology unit at Mediclinic Constantiaberg transforms cancer care
Posted on 17 August 2021
Precision technology. World-class expertise. A seamless and comfortable patient experience. The future of oncology care is here.
In association with Icon Oncology and network oncologists Cancercare, the unit is housed at Mediclinic Constantiaberg and brings together specialist oncologists, next-generation precision radiotherapy technology and in-house chemotherapy care treatments all under one roof.
Whereas traditional models of cancer treatment involve patients travelling to separate facilities for consultations, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, this one-stop oncology unit promises to significantly enhance the cancer patient’s journey by reconciling separate steps and treatments into a single, efficient and streamlined process.
The unit’s primary goal: to enhance the patient experience, add value at each step of the treatment process, and ultimately, improve clinical outcomes.
“Mediclinic’s continuum of care is expanding by offering patients new treatment options at the high standard of clinical quality that they expect,” says Koert Pretorius, CEO: Mediclinic Southern Africa. “The launch of this unit really reflects that philosophy. We want to bring expertise to where people need it the most.”
Behind this partnership, agrees Anthony Pedersen, CEO: Icon Oncology, is a shared understanding of value. “This is a new full-service chemotherapy offering that offers, we believe, a crucial next step in the evolution of cancer treatment. By reducing wastage in the treatment process, we aim to provide for our patients the best quality and most effective care at the most affordable price.”
Dr Georgina McAdam, one of the experienced oncologists on site, is excited about the new environment and the opportunity it brings to work closer as a multidisciplinary team. “This new partnership has empowered us to offer a one-stop shop. Here, in one space, we have surgeons, radiologists, physicians, together with a host of crucial allied health professionals, and together we focus on facilitating an optimal treatment journey.”
“Ideally, the cancer journey should be facilitated by multidisciplinary meetings between the surgeon, the radiologist, the oncologist, and many others,” agrees Dr Jill Harris. “Here, we can focus on providing a completely integrated treatment process. Because cancer treatment can continue for many years, we want to form a close and lifelong bond with our patients. We get to know each other, our patients get to know us, and we get to know them very well.”
That relationship is enhanced by the introduction of truly world-class technology, says Dr Garth Davids. “In the past few years cancer care has taken a few giant leaps forward, and this facility reflects that progress,” he explains. “We’ve recently installed a Varian Truebeam linear accelerator, which has the ability to deliver very precise radiotherapy treatments. This is through what we call stereotactic radiotherapy: very focused doses of radiation that precisely target tumours while simultaneously sparing surrounding tissue.”
Expert, accessible cancer care, all in one place. Pretorius and Pedersen hope this partnership will ensure more patients can receive the right care, at the right time and at the right price.