Springfield’s first radiotherapy service opened its doors this week, enabling local cancer patients to access more affordable, timely treatment.
The first patient received radiation therapy earlier this week at the new Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) facility, based at the new Mater Private Hospital in Springfield.
CEO of ROC, Mark Middleton, said the new centre at Springfield was a big win for cancer patients.
“Our Springfield centre is equipped with world-class technology and is staffed by some of Australia’s top cancer radiation specialists.
“The new centre will mean local cancer patients no longer need to travel 40 minutes to Brisbane every day for treatment, saving time and reducing the financial impacts of travel and parking costs,” Mr Middleton said.
“The centre confirms our commitment to exceptional patient care, state of the art technology, and a passion to develop our services to give Queensland cancer patients the highest standard of treatment.
“Our multi-disciplinary team of radiation therapists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, nurses, and administration staff ensure patients receive the best care possible.”
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said Springfield’s radiotherapy centre was an important step forward for local cancer control.
“The services offered by ROC will make cancer treatment more accessible for local patients and help to reduce waiting list times for radiotherapy treatment across the State,” Ms Clift said.
“As well as having access to state of the art technology, local patients and families will also have access to Cancer Council Queensland’s free cancer counselling service and support programs, to underpin the high standard of clinical service provided by ROC.
“Our research shows many regional cancer deaths could be prevented each year if survival rates in regional areas were equal to those in the city, with additional radiotherapy facilities in regional areas expected to improve access for communities.
“We congratulate ROC on the opening of this facility, and look forward to seeing its impact on the local community.”
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171