Photos by Jeff Dawson
Yesterday’s annual Byron Lighthouse Run again drew hundreds of community-minded locals to raise money for a new equipment to fight breast cancer on the northern rivers.
The new piece of technology, a prone breast board allow patients to receive treatment lying on their stomach, has been a priority for Lismore Base Hospital’s Radiation Oncology unit for some time.
The run was organised by Crackin’ Cancer and the Byron Lighthouse Run, supported by sponsor Fusion Health, in liaison with the radiation oncology team at the hospital.
Stephen Manley, Northern NSW Local Health District’s radiation therapy manager said improvements to prone breast boards since the unit bought the current one would allow the unit to treat a broader range of patients.
‘We have two treatment rooms and planning room so the additional board should ensure that no-one has to wait for one to be available,’ Mr Manley said.
The new generation of breast boards allows for treatment of lymph nodes as well as the breast and ensures more accurate treatment, as well as greater patient comfort.
Mr Manley said the Byron Lighthouse Run was a great way to bring the upgrade about.
‘It is our very own northern rivers event, it is for the benefit of the community, and an early morning run or walk is good for everyone.