COMPREHENSIVE cancer care is now available for patients in and around Hobart following the recent opening of the state-of-the-art Icon Cancer Centre.
The centre represents a significant milestone in the broadening of quality treatment choices for Tasmanian cancer patients.
The Icon Cancer Centre has the capacity to provide 6000 chemotherapy and blood disorder treatments and 18,000 radiation therapy treatments annually.
This will give local patients greater options when it comes to making decisions on their cancer treatment.
The first patient to test out theses new facilities was Karen Johnton, who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in October 2017.
Ms Johnson said she was grateful to be able to receive her radiation therapy treatment at the new centre.
“I was scared at the beginning of this journey, but that soon turned into reassurance when I arrived at the centre,” she said.
“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.”
The state-of-the-art centre provides all-round cancer care and convenience for patients from diagnosis to treatment.
The site also provides services by Qscan Radiology Clinics, Cancer Council Tasmania and access to pharmacy, pathology and allied health services.
From the centre, Qscan Radiology Clinics will be providing Tasmania’s first private PET-CT service.
Icon Group chief executive officer Mark Middleton acknowledged the benefit of providing all aspects of cancer care to the local community.
“Comprehensive cancer care plays an important role in best practice cancer treatment,” he said.
“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.”
The latest statistics released by Tasmania’s Cancer Council reveals there are more than 3000 new cases of cancer diagnosed per year and Tasmanians have a one-in-three risk of developing cancer by the age of 75-years.
Icon Group is Australia’s largest dedicated cancer care provider with a focused mission to provide the best possible care to as many people as possible, as close to their homes as possible.
Caption: From left, Icon Group chief executive officer Mark Middleton, Icon Group co-founder Stuart Giles, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson and local patient Karen Johnson.