A WORLD-CLASS integrated cancer centre has opened in the Peel region.
The $10 million GenesisCare centre near Peel Health Campus allows cancer patients to be treated locally.
Cancer patients have access to potentially lifesaving radiation therapy treatment and chemotherapy services.
The centre has the capacity to treat up to 1000 patients every year.
It has been developed to help meet the growing demand for oncology services in the region, with Mandurah recording one of the highest rates of diagnosed cases of cancer in Australia.
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said having to travel to another town for treatment was the last thing someone with cancer should have to think about.
“Every person, regardless of where they live, should be able to access world-class cancer treatment at their doorstep.
“We have been waiting for a service like this here in Mandurah for such a long time and I am incredibly grateful to GenesisCare for investing in the health and wellbeing of our local community.”
GenesisCare Oncology general manager Michael Davis said GenesisCare was founded on the belief that care should be available when and where you need it, and it should be designed to help give you the best life outcomes possible.
“Our aim was to create a purpose-built, fully integrated cancer centre which meets the growing needs of the local population,” he said.
Mandurah resident Rose Burnett (54) was one of the first patients to receive treatment at the facility. She had 30 days of treatment for breast cancer.
She said she was grateful for the local facility, otherwise she would have had to drive up to three hours each day for treatment (for 30 days straight).
The new centre offers the latest technology and techniques in radiation therapy and chemotherapy, including an Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator with stereotactic capabilities.
It also provides treatments to improve the quality of life for palliative patients.
All patients, private or public, will be able to access the service, with a large portion of the cost of treatment covered by Medicare rebates.
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