New local cancer treatment

From Left: Dr. Raphael Chee (Director of Cancer services), Ronald Davis (Yanchep). Ronald was one of the first patients to use the new Joondalup services for cancer treatment at Genesis Care in Shenton House.
From Left: Dr. Raphael Chee (Director of Cancer services), Ronald Davis (Yanchep). Ronald was one of the first patients to use the new Joondalup services for cancer treatment at Genesis Care in Shenton House.

Mr Davis (79), who has prostate cancer, was among the first to receive treatment from a multimillion-dollar linear accelerator at the new GenesisCare Shenton House, opposite Joondalup Health Campus.

The new service means the retired Yanchep National Park ranger will avoid having to travel about 60km to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital five times a week.

‘Being able to come to Joondalup will take my vehicle off the freeway twice a day,’ said Mr Davis, who cares for wife Joy (77). ‘I will have 36 weekday treatments ” they’ve given me the weekends off.’

GenesisCare is in the $20 million Shenton House block, a partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Perth and Perth Radiological Clinic.

The building, on the Grand Boulevard-Shenton Avenue junction, includes medical suites, Grace Anglican Church and parking bays.

GenesisCare spent more than $10 million on its premises, offering cancer care, cardiology services and the area’s first in-patient sleep lab.

About $4 million went on the linear accelerator and allied equipment, which produces X-rays directed only at the cancer.

A second machine is due soon and there is room for a third. About 300 patients a day will use the cancer and cardiology services.

‘Through the opening of Shenton House and major technology upgrades in other locations over the past 18 months, GenesisCare has more than doubled access for cancer patients needing radiotherapy in WA,’ cancer services director Raphael Chee said.

‘Governments recognise poorer access to cancer treatments in non-metropolitan areas is a major contributor to lower survival rates.

‘One in three Australians will contract cancer at some stage in their lives.’

GenesisCare managing director Dan Collins said many people with heart disease had a sleep disorder.

‘In an effort to better treat our patients’ needs, we are linking high quality in-patient sleep care with our heart care services,’ he said.