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HIGH Wycombe pen­sioner Hachem Na­j­jarine will be one of the first pa­tients to be treated at the new Icon Can­cer Cen­tre in Mid­land when it opens on July 31.

The 76-year-old was di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer in 2009, a con­di­tion he orig­i­nally over­came with surgery and chemo­ther­apy. How­ever a visit to his doc­tor this year showed the can­cer had re­turned and was now in his lung and neck.

“It was an ab­so­lute shock when I found out that the can­cer had re­turned, but it did of­fer some re­lief to find out that I could ac­cess my treat­ment in Mid­land, just a 10minute drive away,” he said.

“Not need­ing to travel one and a half hours into the city, hav­ing to deal with traf­fic or pay­ing ex­or­bi­tant fees for park­ing, it’s those lit­tle things that can make all the dif­fer­ence when you’re go­ing through can­cer.

“I know peo­ple who don’t drive or have a car so its im­por­tant to have this cen­tre avail­able to lo­cals and peo­ple in sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

Wife Linda said she was grate­ful the cen­tre had opened.

“I’ve been through this be­fore and as time goes on he’ll be in a lot of pain,” she said.

“Hav­ing a cen­tre closer to home means I can get him home quicker to rest or take him to the cen­tre when he needs to go.”

The can­cer cen­tre, op­po­site Mid­land Hospi­tal, com­bines a 15-chair day hospi­tal, an on­site phar­macy and has ca­pac­ity for two ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy machines.

Icon Group Found­ing chair­man Stu­art Giles said the cen­tre would make it eas­ier for pa­tients in Mid­land, Perth’s north-eastern cor­ri­dor and the Wheat­belt re­gion to ac­cess world-class can­cer treat­ment.

An­nu­ally, the cen­tre could de­liver more than 12,000 chemo­ther­apy or haema­tol­ogy treat­ments for pa­tients with pri­vate health insurance.

The cen­tre also has the ca­pac­ity to de­liver 18,000 ra­di­a­tion ther­apy treat­ments, with no pri­vate health insurance re­quired by pa­tients un­der­go­ing this ser­vice.

Picture: Dar­ren Speedie, Vi­sion In­spired Pho­tog­ra­phy

Hachem Na­j­jarine and his wife Linda.

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