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Brazil's cancer centres command high equipment spends:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Investments in new equipment for Brazil's latest high-tech cancer centre reached R$3.7 million (US$1.6 million) of the R$4.5 million total set-up cost. The Centro de Alta Complexidade em Oncologia (Cacon) of the Governador Jo-o Alves Filho hospital in Arauju, state of Sergipe, is an example of Brazil's commitment to improve levels of cancer care. In line with the rest of the network of centres being set up under the ongoing Expande programme (see Clinica No 995, p 15), it has been equipped with new radiodiagnostic, mammography and brachytherapy facilities and a linear accelerator. The Arauju centre, just opened, aims to provide the latest diagnostics, haemotherapy, radiotherapy and clinical and surgical oncology services to around 600 patients daily, from Sergipe and neighbouring states.

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