Patients in regional North Queensland and Western Australia won’t have to travel as far for their cancer treatments.
Mackay and Rockingham will be home to two new Icon Cancer Centres offering both chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Icon Group CEO Mr Mark Middleton said the centres will not only improve access to cancer care services for patients in Mackay and Rockingham, but both will positively impact patients in the surrounding areas.
“We recognise that it can be extremely taxing for patients and their families to travel on top of dealing with the emotional stress of cancer.
“Our centres are designed to keep families together and let local communities be treated close to home, rather than a drive into the city,” said Mr Middleton.
The Mackay centre will be located in the Mt Pleasant medical precinct and will be able to do more than 6,000 chemotherapy/blood disorder treatments annually, two radiation therapy machines which allows for 18,000 treatments annually and an onsite pharmacy.
The Rockingham centre will be able to do more than 12,000 chemotherapy/blood disorder treatments annually and also has two radiation therapy machines that allows for a capacity of 18,000 treatments annually, all of which will be located near the Rockingham Council.
“These centres will have the latest cutting-edge technology to better target and treat cancer; and that is something the local residents deserve,” said Mr Middleton.
Both centres will start development in early 2017 and will be fully operational by the end of next year.
Mackay Mayor Mr Greg Williamson welcomed the news of Mackay being marked as the location for one of the new centres.
“The number of people with cancer continues to grow here, as it does across Australia. I know all too often that travel presents a significant impediment to our people seeking and receiving the best cancer care,” said Mayor Williamson.
City of Rockingham Mayor Mr Barry Samuels said it is great news for the people of Rockingham and the surrounding community.
“To have a world-class cancer service that covers a patient’s entire cancer journey in our local community is a major benefit. Travel presents a significant impediment to people seeking and receiving the best cancer care,” said Mayor Samuels.