Locals invited to participate in community event to explore the new facility
Sunshine Coast, QUEENSLAND – Today, GenesisCare and the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic held an official ceremony to unveil the new $10 million cancer centre for patients in the greater Sunshine Coast region. The integrated centre is the first of its kind on the Sunshine Coast, with the ability to deliver more than 15,000 treatments in the first year alone.
Prior to its development, patients in the region had to travel to multiple locations across the Sunshine Coast or to Brisbane to receive treatment, placing significant burden on their day-to-day lives. Now, patients will have access to comprehensive cancer care on their doorstep.
According to Cancer Council Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s cancer ‘hotspots’, with one of the highest rates of cancer diagnosis in the state. More than 3,500 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the Sunshine Coast annually, with cancer taking the lives of approximately 1,123 residents each year.
The new, integrated cancer centre offers the latest in oncology treatment and holistic care services in one location, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, haematological services and other allied health support such as oncology massage, dietetics, exercise physiology and psychology.
GenesisCare Radiation Oncologist, Dr Debra Furniss, who has been consulting on the Sunshine Coast since 2013 said: “This is a huge step forward for cancer care on the Sunshine Coast and for regional Australia. The ageing population in our region is rapidly growing, so there is an increasing need for easily accessible specialist treatment.”
“Now patients in the local area will be able to access a variety of cancer care treatments and services all under one roof. This includes the latest radiation therapy techniques, including stereotactic radiosurgery, which is used to treat brain cancers and stereotactic ablative body radiation therapy for lung, spine and liver cancers. These cutting-edge techniques kill cancer cells while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue, which can help minimise potential side-effects, and mean fewer treatment visits for patients.4.”
GenesisCare Queensland General Manager, Andrew Saunders, said: “At GenesisCare, we are dedicated to continually improving our services to deliver the highest quality treatment and care to cancer patients in Queensland and all across Australia.”
“Our team of multidisciplinary health and welfare professionals are committed to designing personalised treatments and care plans that offer the best possible life outcomes for our patients.”
Both Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic and GenesisCare have a long history of serving patients on the Sunshine Coast and leading the way with cutting-edge clinical advancements. As part of this new facility, GenesisCare has relocated its existing radiation therapy services and team of healthcare professionals from its Nambour centre to the new integrated hub, offering a more holistic service to patients.
Dr John Reardon, who co-founded Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic with his wife Sandra Reardon in 1998, said: “While our once small practice has grown quite considerably, residents across the Sunshine Coast can be assured that we will continue to provide the same personal, high-quality care we have delivered over the past 20 years. Our teams are excited for the opportunity this partnership brings and the ability to streamline services for patients.”
To mark the opening of the new, integrated cancer centre, GenesisCare and Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic will be unveiling a commemorative plaque at a community event held at the facility on Saturday 20 July.
The new centre is located in the Buderim Health Precinct at 10 King Street and forms part of the strong network of Montserrat Cancer Care Clinics and GenesisCare nationally and internationally.
About the community event:
Location: Buderim Health Precinct, 10 King Street, Buderim, QLD
Date: Saturday, 20 July
Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm
- The local community is invited to join GenesisCare and SCHOC Montserrat Cancer Care
- Other invited community groups include: The Cancer Council, Canteen, Leukaemia Foundation, Bloomhill Cancer Care, McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse, Sunshine Coast Prostate Cancer Support, Buderim Private Breast Clinic/Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program, The McKenzie Clinic, Dragons Abreast Sunshine Coast, Look Good Feel Better, Beautiful You Program, Just Diagnosed Ap, My EP (Exercise Physiology)
Activities: Welcome to country with the Gubbi Gubbi dance troop, sausage sizzle, face painting information stalls from local cancer care providers, facility walk through and giveaways.