SUNSHINE COAST, QUEENSLAND – Cancer patients in the greater Sunshine Coast will benefit from a $10 million state-of-the-art treatment centre, set to open in Buderim in early 2019. GenesisCare and Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic are partnering to develop the comprehensive cancer centre, which will have the ability to deliver an estimated 15,000 treatments to more than 1,200 patients in the first year alone.
Currently patients in the region have to travel to multiple locations across the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane for their oncology treatments, and will soon be able to access the most commonly needed oncology care at a single central location. The facility will include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and haematological services, along with other allied health support such as oncology massage, dietetics, exercise physiology and psychology.
GenesisCare’s Queensland Medical Director of Oncology, Dr Marie Burke, said that the announcement of this new integrated centre is great news for the Sunshine Coast community.
“We’re thrilled that patients on the Sunshine Coast will benefit from Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic’s local expertise and GenesisCare’s international experience at this cutting edge, comprehensive cancer care centre. The service will be linked to local surgical, medical and imaging health professionals, and our clinical and allied health teams will be strongly focused on integrating with existing services in the local community.
“A cancer diagnosis can be very challenging for an individual and their loved ones, and our patients have told us that having access to world-class treatment close-to-home helps to ease some of the burden. It’s a privilege for us to work collaboratively with such a well-regarded partner as we expand our services in regional Queensland,” Dr Burke said.
GenesisCare will relocate its existing radiation therapy services and team of healthcare professionals from its Nambour centre to the new integrated hub to offer a more holistic service to patients. Radiation therapy is a highly effective weapon in the fight against cancer, involved in around 40 per cent of all cancer cures . It uses a highly-sophisticated machine called a linear accelerator that precisely delivers radiation beams to target cancer cells.
Leanne Tones, CEO of Montserrat Cancer Care Services, has been working closely with all parties to ensure patient expectations are exceeded.
“Streamlining access to patient services will make an immeasurable difference to patients throughout their cancer journey. Importantly, Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic will be continuing to provide the same high-level of expert care that the community has come to recognise over the past 20 years. Our clinical, allied health, nursing and administrative teams are excited for the opportunities that this collaborative approach to cancer care will provide,” said Ms Tones.
Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic and GenesisCare both have a long history of serving patients on the Sunshine Coast and leading the way with cutting-edge clinical advancements.
GenesisCare Radiation Oncologist, Dr Debra Furniss, who has been consulting on the Sunshine Coast since 2013, said she is thrilled to be one of the leading radiation oncology physicians involved in introducing high-end techniques at the new facility.
“The centre will be home to some exciting innovations, including a technique called stereotactic for highly targeted treatment, in partnership with technology providers Varian and Brainlab. Stereotactic radiation therapy precisely targets radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy, which can help preserve healthy tissue and minimise side-effects,” said Dr Furniss.
The new Sunshine Coast service will be part of the strong network of Montserrat Cancer Care Clinics and GenesisCare nationally and internationally which boast leading oncology experts.
It will be located at the Buderim Health Precinct at 10 King Street and is expected to open early 2019.