MANDURAH, Western Australia – For the first time, cancer patients in the Peel region will no longer have to travel outside their local community to access potentially lifesaving radiation therapy treatment, thanks to a new $10 million comprehensive cancer treatment centre in Mandurah which officially opened today.
The cancer centre provides state-of-the-art radiation therapy and chemotherapy services, with 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.1
Mandurah Mayor, Rhys Williams, said: “Having to travel to another town for treatment is 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.”
Michael Davis, General Manager of GenesisCare Oncology in Western Australia 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. This is why we decided to provide these world class services in Mandurah.
“Our aim was to create a purpose-built, fully integrated cancer centre which meets the growing needs of the local population. We are incredibly proud to be officially opening our doors to patients today and we look forward to working with the local community to make access to care as easy as possible.”
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.
Radiation Oncologist and Director of Medical Services, Dr Eugene Leong, who has been consulting in Mandurah since 2014, said: “For some of our patients where a cure is no longer possible, radiation therapy can play a key role in alleviating the debilitating symptoms of cancer and improving the patient’s overall quality of life.
“We have invested in the latest technology to expand our palliative radiation therapy options, which will make a huge difference to local patients and their families.”
“As doctors, the greatest gift we can give to our palliative patients is quality time with their family and loved ones. This new centre is equipped to do just that and I am immensely proud to be part of the Mandurah team.”
In addition to providing a range of cancer treatment services, the facility in Mandurah will also host specialist consultation rooms for cardiology, sleep and respiratory conditions. The Centre for Oncology, Cardiology, Sleep & Respiratory Medicine in Mandurah is located adjacent to Peel Health Campus on the corner of Kookaburra Drive and Minilya Parkway.
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. Any costs associated with each individual treatment are outlined prior to commencement, with multiple payment options available including after-pay. Free on-site parking, survivorship clinics and an exercise clinic as well as other essential clinical services are available at the centre.
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- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cancer Incidence by Area.