State will fund cancer treatment using advanced technology in Georgia

Fridon Todua shows off the new technologies as the Prime Minister visits the clinic. Photo by the PM's press office., 07 Dec 2016 - 18:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Government of Georgia is expanding the number of state-funded medical services on offer to people in Georgia suffering with cancer.

The latest EDGE radiosurgery system, which targets specific areas with high precision and ensures greater chances for recovery, is the latest treatment option that will soon be available in Georgia to treat patients with oncology diseases.

Treatment using the latest equipment will be financed by the Governmental Universal Healthcare Program.

Today Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, together with Minister of Health David Sergeenko, visited the new Georgian Academician Fridon Todua Clinic and viewed several hi-tech equipment that will carry out the complicated surgeries.

Academic Fridon Todua shows off the new technologies to Georgia's Prime Minister (R) today. Photo by the PM's press office.

Kvirikashvili welcomed the fact that through cooperation with the Universal Healthcare Program and using the right model of partnership between the state and the private sector, it was possible to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that meant patients no longer had to travel abroad for vital medical treatment.

In the past our fellow citizens were forced to sell their properties, assume heavy financial burdens [to get treatment] but today it is all available here in Georgia,” the PM said.

The state-of-the-art medical equipment meant Georgia could now offer new treatment options where people had a better outcome as healthy tissues were not damaged during the treatment process. 

This program will be financed by the state. We should be proud of Academician Fridon Todua. Having returned to Georgia in 1990, he has invested €34 million in this clinic, which is truly commendable because, as you know, even the walls can treat a person if they are at home," Kvirikashvili sad.

At the new clinic building in Tbilisi, which was built over the past eight months, two latest linear accelerators were placed. These were:

  • EDGE radiosurgery system, and
  • brachytherapy device.

These devices ensured greater chances of recovery thanks to their precision, speed and streamlined treatment while avoiding the dose received by healthy tissues.