Sweden sending cancer patients to Finland for radiation therapy

Sweden has started sending cancer patients to Finland for treatment, due to an unusually high number of people needing radiation therapy in Stockholm, according to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and news outlet Mitt i Stockholm, which first reported the story.

“We’re working to get all patients their therapy within the time frames their illnesses demand. After undergoing medical exams, some patients will be offered radiation therapy in other parts of Sweden or in Finland,” Karolinska University Hospital’s chief physician Elda Sparrelid told Mitt i Stockholm.

The cancer patient backlog in Stockholm is due to delays in the rollout of new radiation therapy equipment, which was originally scheduled to be operational during the first half of the year, according to DN.