14 Jul 2021

Radiation therapy cancer treatment service to be permanent

10:05 am on 14 July 2021

A temporary cancer treatment service, set up in Auckland after the Covid-19 pandemic cut off access to a centre in Melbourne, is being made permanent with government funding.

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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Health Minister Andrew Little announced the Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) service at Auckland Hospital would be funded with $1.9 million in the first year and about $1.6m the year after, jointly funded through the Health Ministry, district health boards, the Unicorn Foundation, and cancer control agency Te Aho o Te Kahu.

He said patients had previously travelled to Melbourne to receive the injected radiation treatment, but a small interim service had been set up in Auckland during travel restrictions imposed because of Covid-19.

The funding would allow the service to expand and be made permanent, he said.

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