Help close to home

Jo-Ann McMahon with Dr Raphael Chee from Genesis Cancer Care. Picture: Emma Reeves d414976
Jo-Ann McMahon with Dr Raphael Chee from Genesis Cancer Care. Picture: Emma Reeves d414976

Having been a cancer patient for the past year, Wanneroo resident Jo-Ann McMahon knows this first-hand.

Much attention is given to the debilitating effects chemotherapy and radiation can have, but the added wear of travelling to and from treatment sessions is often forgotten.

It has a greater impact on those who do not live near key therapy centres, such as Ms McMahon.

As a breast cancer patient, she had no other option but to make the 60km round trip from Wanneroo to Subiaco for weekly bouts of chemotherapy at St John of God Hospital.

What’s more, she had to organise someone to drive her to the appointments because of the tiring effects of the treatment.

Then came her radiation therapy, needed not weekly but daily for seven weeks.

In the past, this would have meant more than 2100km in travel to and from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands over the 35 days of her treatment.

But northern suburbs residents now have a new option.

Ms McMahon has just completed her radiation treatment through Genesis Cancer Care, based at Shenton House in Joondalup.

‘The idea of driving from Wanneroo to the city every day for a 10-minute treatment was exhausting to think about’