New cancer unit weeks away from opening

Members of CCCNW at the unveiling of plans for the new cancer treatment centre at Altnagelvin, which is due to open in the coming weeks.

Members of CCCNW at the unveiling of plans for the new cancer treatment centre at Altnagelvin, which is due to open in the coming weeks.

‘This is a time to celebrate’ – says local lobby group

The cross-border Altnagelvin radiotherapy unit is just weeks away from opening after many years of planning and building work, the Inishowen Independent can reveal.

The €50 million facility, which will treat up to ninety per cent of Inishowen cancer sufferers, is expected to boost cure rates by as much as 16 per cent.

It is also expected to reduce all waiting times to less than four weeks and will allow local patients to be treated in Derry and go home on the same day, instead of travelling to Dublin or Galway.

The Irish government has invested  19 million for the capital build and the National Cancer Control Programme will be contributing to the ongoing costs.

Noelle Duddy, of Co-operating for Cancer Care North-West, the group which has spearheaded the Altnagelvin campaign for much of the past decade, is understandably delighted and proud that the planned centre is finally about to become a reality.

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