Business Today – 18 October 2023
With rising cancer cases in Malaysia which is estimated at 66,000+ new diagnoses annually by 2030, in efforts to support underprivileged patients Beacon Hospital is giving IntraOperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) for clinically eligible breast cancer patients at a subsidised rate of RM1.
IORT is a highly precise radiation treatment that is administered directly at the site of tumour resection during surgery. By adopting this targeted approach, the aim is to enable timely treatment and enhance overall outcomes while minimising collateral damage to healthy tissues.
In suitable cases, IORT provides a treatment option with fewer side effects, potentially lowering the risk of recurrences and ensuring a better quality of life for patients, said Datuk Dr Devanand, Consultant Breast Surgeon of Beacon Hospital.
Being a firm believer that quality healthcare should be accessible to patients from all walks of life, especially for breast cancer patient where the total cost of treatment can be a significant burden, we are offering the IORT treatment for RM1 only, in line with Beacon Hospital’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mission to reduce the financial burden and encourage more patients to seek treatment early, explained Mr. Calvin Karthigesu, Director of Patient Relation & CSR.