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Cancer Backlog

Swedish patients to get radiation therapy in Finland

25 Jul 2019, 03:29 ( 4 Months ago) | updated: 25 Jul 2019, 11:18 ( 4 Months ago)

DF Report
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Finland will start getting cancer patients from the neighbouring Sweden for radiation therapy within a few months.

Stockholm County will send about one patient per week to Finland, reported the national broadcaster Yle quoting a physician in Sweden.

The patients will be sent following abnormal hike of cancer patients who need radiation therapy in Stockholm, said the report referring to the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and the news outlet Mitt i Stockholm.

‘We’re working to get all patients their therapy within the time frames their illnesses demand. After undergoing medical exams, some patients will be offered radiation therapy in other parts of Sweden or in Finland,” reported Yle quoting Karolinska University Hospital’s Chief Physician Elda Sparrelid as telling Mitt i Stockholm.

The cancer patient backlog in Stockholm is due to delays in the rollout of new radiation therapy equipment, which was originally scheduled to be operational during the first half of the year, according to DN, the report added.