RADIOTHERAPY services in Ballarat could soon move to the Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital.The Department of Health is carrying out a feasibility study into the potential for building an expanded Ballarat Austin Radiotherapy Oncology Centre on the Ballarat Health Services site.The current centre has been at the St John of God Hospital for the past seven years.St John of God Health Care Group CEO Dr Michael Stanford said that while the centre had been highly successful, the demand for services now exceeded its capacity."The BAROC service is funded by the public sector and provided by the public sector through Austin Health," he said."Given the Ballarat Health Services increased commitment to cancer services since BAROC was established, we believe it makes most sense for the Department of Health to fund the development of an expanded BAROC on the BHS site, with two linear accelerators, and for that centre to be commissioned no later than the end of the current single linear accelerator's useful life."Ballarat Health Services chief executive officer Andrew Rowe said BHS had experienced substantial growth in the number of oncology patients from Ballarat and the Grampians region."We know the number of people in our community needing radiotherapy services is increasing," he said."BHS, along with other key stakeholders, has actively participated in the State Government feasibility study into the establishment of an integrated cancer centre, complete with expanded radiotherapy facilities, on the Base Hospital site."If the outcome of the study recommends that option, it will be fully supported by BHS."A spokesman for the Department of Health was unable to say how long the study would take to complete.