CANCER CARE COMES TO MIDLAND:
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.
Hachem Najjarine and his wife Linda.