New comprehensive cancer centre in Concord with capacity to treat more than 1,000 patients a year

For the first time, cancer patients in Concord will no longer have to travel outside their local community to access world-class radiation therapy, thanks to a new $7 million cancer centre unveiled at an official opening ceremony today.

The state-of-the-art facility offers cutting-edge cancer treatments and services, including highly advanced radiation therapy techniques and technology, CT scanning and rapid access for patients receiving palliative care. Medical oncology services will be available from 2020.

The centre will be equipped to deliver up to 16,200 radiation therapy and medical oncology treatments for up to 1,100 cancer patients annually.

GenesisCare CEO, Dan Collins, said: “At GenesisCare, we believe that anyone needing cancer treatment should have access to high quality care close to home. We are proud to officially open our new cancer centre in Concord today.”

“Technology and treatments are always advancing, so it’s a privilege to offer personalised care plans using the latest evidence and innovation. Our clinical teams want to deliver the best possible life outcomes for every patient in Concord and the surrounding district.”

The new facility offers the latest advances in radiation therapy technology, including the Elekta VersaHD with the ExacTrac positioning system, providing millimetre-accuracy in pinpointing radiation to the brain, prostate, liver and lung.

A team of more than 20 experienced and respected oncologists, nurses and support staff have been recruited to deliver quality care at the centre.

GenesisCare Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at Concord, Dr Chelsie O’Connor, who has been consulting in the area for many years, said: “The local community has been calling for a local cancer service for years and it’s fantastic that patients now have access to treatment closer to home.”

“Throughout the entire project we worked closely with local community and patient groups to design a space where patients and their carers felt comfortable and supported in their cancer journey.”

The Deputy Mayor of the City of Canada Bay, which encompasses Concord, Julia Little, said the opening was terrific news for the community: “Today’s opening of this new state-of-the-art facility in the City of Canada Bay area is fantastic news for local residents. Our local community now has access to comprehensive world-class care and treatment at their doorstep.”

The City of Canada Bay Local Government Area was identified as one of the state’s three priority areas for a new service, based on the NSW Government’s review of Cancer Institute NSW’s projected cancer rates in the region.1 The centre was developed to help meet increasing needs, with cancer rates in the area expected to rise by 2-3 per cent each year.1

The facility is located on the corner of Concord Rd and Currawang St, Concord. Patients can access the centre via multiple public transport hubs or make the most of free on-site parking, taking away an extra stress from their treatment experience.

Spokespeople available for interview

  • Patients – Sandra Street and Ross Baker
  • GenesisCare:
    • Dan Collins, CEO, GenesisCare
    • Dr Chelsie O’Connor, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director, GenesisCare
    • Dr Kathy Kociuba, General Manager Oncology NSW, GenesisCare
  • Community representatives:
    • Julia Little, Deputy Mayor, City of Canada Bay Council
    • Uncle Allen Madden, Aboriginal Elder

References

  1. Cancer Institute NSW, Cancer Control in New South Wales Statewide report, 2017. Sydney: Cancer Institute NSW, 2018.

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