RAY OF HOPE

ROCK­ING­HAM CAN­CER CEN­TRE OPENS

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ash­wini Saseedaran

Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana res­i­dents with a can­cer di­ag­no­sis can now ac­cess bet­ter ser­vices closer to home af­ter a new sta­teof-the-art can­cer cen­tre opened last week at Civic Boule­vard, Rock­ing­ham.

The Icon Can­cer Cen­tre pro­vides a wide range of can­cer care from chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion ther­apy to treat­ment for blood dis­or­ders and PET-CT ser­vices.

Premier Mark McGowan of­fi­cially opened the cen­tre on Fri­day along­side Icon Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Mid­dle­ton, who said the new ser­vice would re­move the lengthy journey Rock­ing­ham can­cer pa­tients used to make to the Perth metropoli­tan area to ac­cess care.

“Peo­ple shouldn’t have to travel huge dis­tances to ac­cess care so it was im­por­tant to build a can­cer cen­tre in Rock­ing­ham,” Mr Mid­dle­ton said.

“We’ve seen many sad cir­cum­stances where pa­tients have opted to not pur­sue treat­ments be­cause of the dis­tance and time away from fam­ily and friends but now we’ve brought the lat­est treat­ment tech­nol­ogy to the re­gion which we be­lieve will make a huge difference to lo­cal pa­tients and their fam­i­lies for many years to come.”

Rock­ing­ham res­i­dent Nikki McA­teer, 29, who was di­ag­nosed with rec­tal can­cer last month said the new cen­tre pro­vided a wel­come re­lief. “I feel so lucky that all my care is based here in Rock­ing­ham with ev­ery­thing I need within a 15-minute drive — it means I can still drop the kids off at school, have my treat­ment, con­tinue work­ing, and be here with my fam­ily,” she said.

The site in­cludes a 15-chair pri­vate day on­col­ogy with the ca­pac­ity to de­liver more than 11,000 chemo­ther­apy and blood dis­or­der treat­ments an­nu­ally, and one lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor for ra­di­a­tion ther­apy ca­pa­ble of 9000 treat­ments ev­ery year.

City of Rock­ing­ham deputy mayor Deb Ham­blin, City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels, Icon chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Mid­dle­ton, WA Premier Mark McGowan, lo­cal pa­tient Nikki McA­teer, Icon chair­man Stu­art Giles, Mem­ber for Brand Madeleine King and shadow health min­is­ter Sean L’Es­trange.

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