CHILD cancer patients will receive potentially life saving treatment more easily with a multi-million dollar radiotherapy machine that has been installed in Melbourne.
The $ 4.5 million Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will target the most difficult to treat cancers including those of the lung, brain, spine and liver.
A 60-tonne crane lowered the machine into its bunker on Saturday, where it was assembled.
The machine will begin operating early next year.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis said the biggest benefits of the machine will be for children, who will not need to wear masks, halos and frames that were required to use the previous machine.
He said the machine can also target tumours with greater speed and precision.