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Monaco’s Government is investing in two linear particle accelerators for the radiotherapy department of the Princess Grace Hospital. A linear accelerator customises high energy X-rays to match a tumour’s shape and destroy cancer cells while sparing normal tissue.
There are only two or three such advanced machines in the whole of France, and none in the PACA region, Stéphane Valeri, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, said.
Dr Cécile Ortholan, department head of radiotherapy at Princess Grace since 2011, added: “It’s like going from a small city car to a Ferrari. We can treat tumours for all cancers with greater precision. We treat 400 patients per year in Monaco.”
The Novalis truebeam machines will cost a total of €11 million, and the first is ready to enter service on Monday with the second arriving within a year.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has signed the Arctic Commitment and pledged its support for a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping.
All travellers entering France from Europe by air or sea will have to present a negative PCR test from Sunday 24th January.
A new website, Monaco Santé, has been created in the Principality, providing information and services for residents and visitors including online bookings and consultations.
Monaco has just completed its seventh year of Winter School in conjunction with the Sciences Po Menton campus, only this year, all classes were held virtually for the first time ever.