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Elekta-Equra Health Partnership to Increase South African Cancer Patients' Access to Radiation Therapy
Date:6/10/2013

CAPE TOWN, South Africa and STOCKHOLM, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To address the growing need for radiation therapy services in South Africa, Equra Health (Cape Town) has entered into a long-term agreement with Elekta in which Equra will acquire 15 Elekta radiation therapy systems and allied equipment. Equra and Elekta also will work together to build an advanced facility for training cancer management professionals. The partnership addresses a global trend, in which developing countries – including South Africa and other African nations – are contributing significantly more new cancer cases worldwide than are developed countries.

"In 2008, 56 percent of reported new cancer cases came from developing countries, and by 2020 it is projected that up to 70 percent of new cancer cases will come from these countries*," says Erhardt Korf, Chief Operating Officer at Equra Health, a corporation of 24 private clinics. "This preferred provider partnership with Elekta will ensure that the South African population, and in time additional countries in Africa, will have access to world class technology, accurate planning systems and excellent technical and application support."

The need for advanced radiation therapy machines in South Africa alone is acute, he adds. In a country of about 50 million inhabitants, 71 linear accelerators are in operation in public and private centers, of which Equra Health operates 27 linear accelerators, mainly from Siemens and Elekta.

"GLOBOCAN's 2008 published cancer incidence figures put South Africa's cancer burden at an estimated 255 new cases per 100,000 people each year," Korf notes. "Assuming that 60 percent of all new cancer cases will benefit from radiotherapy
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