Cancer treatment centre to be fast tracked in Hervey Bay Qld Australia

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HERVEY Bay will soon be home to one of Australia’s most advanced cancer care facilities which is expected to fast track cancer treatment.

A cutting-edge plan for cancer care services in the Wide Bay will accelerate cancer detection and treatment, and offer patients a clear pathway for the course of their illness.

The Cancer Care Strategic Plan 2015-2018 will deliver a rapid response to any high suspicion of cancer,  make use of 26 new cancer care chairs in two new facilities and employ more specialists, surgeons and nurses.

Two new cancer care facilities costing a total of $35 million – one at Hervey Bay Hospital and one in Bundaberg – will bring cancer care operations under one roof and enable better communication between treatment partners, including video links to some of Australia’s top specialists.

WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington has hailed the WBHHS Cancer Care Strategic Plan 2015-208 as one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking in the nation.

“This is the most advanced cancer care strategic plan I’ve seen since coming to Australia,” Mr Pennington said.

Under the plan, in cases where there is a high suspicion of cancer, patients will have their first specialist appointment within 14 days under a “red referral” system.

The plan also aspires to deliver services where patients with a confirmed cancer diagnosis will have their first cancer treatment or other management within 30 days of the decision to treat.

Three urologists are expected to be appointed by the end of 2015, giving local access to further specialist services and offering earlier detection and treatment of prostate cancer and four medical oncologists have been recruited by WBHHS, with the last of these expected to have taken up the role by February 2016.

An interventional gastroenterologist is already in place in Maryborough, allowing rapid endoscopy, which increases the potential for early detection of cancers.

A prostate cancer support nurse has also been appointed, adding to the existing team of cancer care coordinators, including specialist breast cancer support.


Henry Sapiecha

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