Radiotherapy Program

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is exclusively supporting a large-scale grant in Greece, totaling €20 million, pertaining to the procurement and imstallation of 10 linear accelerators in 7 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 by the end of 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 linear accelerators will be installed in the following hospitals:

Athens General Hospital “Alexandra”: 1 linear accelerator (It will be delivered on May 7th and is expected to begin its clinical operation by June 2018)

Attikon University General Hospital: 2 linear accelerators (the first linear accelerator has been delivered and is expected to begin its clinical operation by May 2018; the process for the installation of second accelerator is expected to begin in June 2018)

University General Hospital of Alexandroupoli: 1 linear accelerator (it has been installed and its clinical operation has begun)

University General Hospital of Larissa: 1 linear accelerator (it has been installed and its clinical operation has begun)

University General Hospital of Patras (Rio): 1 linear accelerator (it has been installed and its clinical operation has begun)

University General Hospital of Heraklion: 2 linear accelerators (the first linear accelerator has been delivered and is operating and the second linear accelerator is expected to be delivered by end of April and begin its clinical operation by June 2018)

Theagenio Cancer Hospital, Thessaloniki: 2 linear accelerators (the first linear accelerator has been delivered and is operating and the second linear accelerator is expected to be delivered by mid-May 2018 and begin its clinical operation by July 2018)