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First radiation therapy centre for children opens in Greece

Δημοσίευση 13 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:18 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
First radiation therapy centre for children opens in Greece
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Health Minister Andreas Loverdos on Wednesday inaugurated the first radiation therapy centre specifically for child cancer victims in Greece at the Aglaia Kyriakou children's hospital in Athens. The new centre was built with money raised by 'Floga', the association of parents of children with cancer, and seeks to improve cancer treatment for children in Greece.

Health Minister Andreas Loverdos on Wednesday inaugurated the first radiation therapy centre specifically for child cancer victims in Greece at the Aglaia Kyriakou children's hospital in Athens. The new centre was built with money raised by 'Floga', the association of parents of children with cancer, and seeks to improve cancer treatment for children in Greece.

Until now, children and teens received radiation therapy in centres designed for adults that often used older technology equipment leading to serious side effects, made even more severe for young people whose tissues were still developing.

At the inauguration, Loverdos announced that the health ministry will set up a special working group to handle donations and grants and ensure that they are used speedily, without delays caused by bureaucracy.