The 360,000-euro project included plans to build a MedAustron
ion therapy centre in Wiener Neustadt. Ion therapy is believed to be
more efficient than conventional cancer therapy as it aims to
provide the optimum dose of radiation to destroy tumours.
Construction of the facility will begin next year and is due for
completion by 2012.
Plans are to sign a contract with the Hungarian health-care
insurance service so that some 300-400 Hungarian patients may be
treated at the centre, Peter Csizmar, chief executive of research
institute Empiricia told MTI.
Official data show Hungary is Europe’s leader in cancer-related
illnesses with 50,000 new patients diagnosed yearly and 33,000
The project was funded by the EU’s cross-border Interreg IIA