Affidea Cancer Treatment Centre in Bosnia Turns 5

2015.08.02

Banja Luka Centre for Radiotherapy, the first Affidea centre established in the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been providing services for oncology patients in the Republic of Srpska for five years this August.

This centre was exceptional from the very start: built in a record 11 months, it is the most modern centre for radiotherapy in the region. The first patient was admitted on 2nd August 2010.

From the outset, the Centre for Radiotherapy in Banja Luka has provided a set of radiotherapy services to the level of 3D conformal radiotherapy, which still represents the gold standard in the treatment of cancer patients. In the ensuing five years, the centre continuously added further state-of-the-art treatments to its list of services, following the principle of evidence-based medicine. In 2011 it introduced intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), which maximizes the sparing of healthy tissue located in the immediate vicinity of the tumour. The year after that, it fully implemented the IGRT technique (image-guided radiotherapy).

Technological development of the centre continued throughout 2013 and 2014 when VMAT rotational therapy was introduced into the clinical practice. In its fifth year of operation, the centre introduced stereotactic radiation for brain tumours and extra cranial tumours, as well as respiratory gated radiotherapy.

One of the most incredible achievements of the Banja Luka Centre for Radiotherapy is that there is no waiting list – a patient begins therapy within 48 hours from initial examination and simulation, regardless of the treatment complexity.

Today the Banja Luka Centre for Radiotherapy is among the best Affidea centresand regionally recognisedradiotherapy institutions,

In Banja Luka, Affidea provides services to between 110 and 140 patients daily.