A new comprehensive cancer care facility in Hobart will broaden quality treatment options for Tasmanians.
Icon Cancer Care opened its first Tasmanian centre this month, providing capacity for 6000 chemotherapy and blood disorder treatments and 18,000 radiation therapy treatments annually.
It means local patients like Karen Johnston, the first patient treated at the centre, will have more choice and more options when it comes to making decisions on their treatment.
Ms Johnston was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in October 2017 and was grateful to be able to receive her radiation therapy treatment at the new centre.
“At the beginning of this journey, I was scared but that soon turned into reassurance when I arrived at the centre. I knew nothing about radiation treatment, it was new and overwhelming but the staff and the atmosphere made me feel safe. It’s an extremely caring place with a truly holistic approach to care,” she said.
The state-of-the-art centre aims to provide all-round cancer care and convenience for patients from diagnosis to treatment. The site also provides radiology, pharmacy, pathology and allied health services.
Icon Group CEO, Mark Middleton acknowledged the benefit of providing all aspects of cancer care to the local community at the recent launch.
“Comprehensive cancer care plays an important role in best practice cancer treatment. Having a single, unified team working cohesively to make sure every step of the patient experience is timely, seamless and exceptional can only benefit the patient and their loved ones,” Mr Middleton said.
Tasmania has a disproportionately high cancer incidence. The latest statistics released by Tasmania’s Cancer Council suggests there are more than 3,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed per year and Tasmanian’s have a one in three risk of developing cancer by the age of 75 years old.
The centre features an eight-chair day oncology hospital – offering medical oncology and haematology services for patients with private health insurance and the latest Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator for delivering precision radiation therapy treatment.
Patients do not require private health insurance to receive radiation therapy treatments, with 80-90 percent of costs reimbursed by Medicare. The centre also has the capacity for an additional linear accelerator to treat more people in the future.