The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is exclusively supporting a large-scale grant in Greece, totaling €20 million, pertaining to the replacement of 10 obsolete linear accelerators in public hospitals around the country. The grant is also supporting the free maintenance of each linear accelerator for two years, plus training programs for hospital personnel to ensure optimal operation of the radiotherapy equipment.
The project is expected to be completed in 2018.
The new linear accelerators will constitute state-of-the-art, high precision equipment, greatly improving care for cancer patients in Greece. More than 28,000 cancer patients in Greece require radiotherapy, but due to lack of equipment and long waiting times, approximately 24,000 patients receive the care they need. In Greece, the total density for linear accelerators per million population is 3.8, while the respective EU average is approximately 6.5-7.
Specifically, the 10 pieces of radiotherapy equipment will be installed in the following hospitals:
• Athens General Hospital “Alexandra”: 1 linear accelerator
• Attikon University General Hospital: 2 linear accelerators (replacement and addition)
• University General Hospital of Alexandroupoli: 1 linear accelerator
• University General Hospital of Larissa: 1 linear accelerator
• University General Hospital of Patras (Rio): 1 linear accelerator
• University General Hospital of Heraklion: 2 linear accelerators
• Theagenio Cancer Hospital, Thessaloniki: 2 linear accelerators