GenesisCare’s Epping radiation oncology centre is celebrating its 10th birthday this week, marking a decade of improved local access to high quality radiation therapy in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs.
In the early 2000s, the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne were earmarked by the state government as an area of need, with locals having to travel to the CBD or the Austin Hospital to access radiation therapy.
Recognising the growing need for high quality radiation oncology services in the local area, GenesisCare opened its Epping centre on the 6th of July in 2009.
Senior radiation oncologist, Dr Michael Ng, who established the Epping service and has been consulting at Epping since it opened, said “despite being a greenfield site at the time, from the get-go we were able to offer patients rapid access to the latest developments in radiation therapy.”
“When we first opened the centre in Epping, the area was at the fringe of metropolitan Melbourne with a small, but growing Northern Hospital nearby. However, in the last decade we have witnessed a huge growth in the population and local health services, with the Northern Hospital expansion and Epping Private Hospital opening in the last year.”
“As a centre, we have continued to grow and evolve and whilst being able to offer standard radiation therapy, we have also invested in the latest technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.”
Epping was one of the first centres at GenesisCare to introduce stereotactic radiotherapy and deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) radiation therapy, which have since been rolled out state-wide.
“Without a doubt, the highlight of my time at Epping has been working with the staff and getting to know the local community – the Northern suburbs has such a diverse and eclectic mix of cultures and it has been such a pleasure getting to know and help all my patients and their families,” said Dr Ng.
“The patients in the local area are very proactive in wanting to get better and have such a strong supportive family network, which is so important to patients during their cancer journey.”
Epping Centre Leader, Marcus Laferlita, congratulated “every single staff member, past and present, for their hard work, passion and commitment to delivering the highest quality of cancer care for our patients.”
“In the last decade, we have treated 5336 patients, and fittingly, this year has been our busiest yet.”
“We recently invested in a second linear accelerator, the latest Varian TrueBeam radiotherapy system, which means we will have the capacity to provide greater access to treatment, as the local population and demand for services grow.”