The government announced today that an Ioncare Cancer Treatment Center is to be established in Antigua.
It will be modeled after Ioncare Co. a cancer-treatment-center in Portugal. The company boasts of a successful and innovative method for curing cancerous tumors in the human body.
No date was given for the establishment of the centre but if completed it will serve the people of the Caribbean, citizens of South and Central America who will travel to Antigua for the special treatment. Antiguans and Barbudans will be treated free of cost; others will pay $25,000 USD.
At the moment, most treatments of cancer are invasive, requiring surgery and the injection of powerful drugs into the veins in order to kill off cancer cells.
The new approach at the Ioncare Center in Portugal utilizes radiography that is targeted at the tumor after an instrument—similar to a GPS system—identifies and precisely locates the tumors in the body.
The radio waves that destroy the cancerous tumors do not affect surrounding tissue. The WHO (World Health Organization) promotes the use of the non-invasive system to destroy cancers.
According to the government, a large hotel capable of accommodating several hundred patients and families will be built, making the Center multi-functional.
It said following Cabinet that the total investment will exceed US$250 million dollars, will employ approximately 1,000 experts and workers, who will do 24-hour shifts.
A team is expected to visit Antigua to begin the architectural and engineering drawings required.
One Antigua and Barbuda citizen—a 67-year-old male who suffered from prostate cancer has reportedly traveled to Portugal to undergo the non-invasive treatment at that special center; that operation was successful.
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