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$6 million cancer centre slated for Maitland

Cancer patients in Maitland will soon no-longer have to make the exhausting trip to Newcastle for treatment.

Construction on a new $6 million cancer centre, which will provide access to cutting-edge radiation therapy treatments, medical oncology and clinical trials is beginning at Metford.

A ‘one-stop-shop’ for cancer care, GenesisCare Maitland will offer patients access to a multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, and allied health specialists.

The new facility, located adjacent to the new Maitland Hospital, will open its doors to patients in mid 2021, and will have the capacity to deliver 14,000 treatments to 800 patients a year.

Maitland Mayor, Cr Loretta Baker, said the new facility is fantastic news for the local Maitland community.

“I commend GenesisCare for its commitment to bringing high quality, multidisciplinary cancer care to our fantastic region and look forward to following the progress and official opening over the next year.”

GenesisCare’s General Manager of Oncology, NSW, Dr Kathy Kociuba said with a growing population, the investment is needed.

 “At GenesisCare, we are steadfastly committed to ensuring all patients receive rapid access to the highest quality of care, regardless of whether they live in metropolitan Sydney or regional NSW.

“In the next decade, areas such as Maitland will face mounting pressure from urban sprawl and an ageing population.

“Therefore, it’s imperative that we invest in the right healthcare infrastructure to ensure the local community needs here in Maitland are met now and into the future.”

For approximately 50 percent of all cancer patients, radiotherapy plays an important role in the treatment pathway, used with curative intent and for pain and symptom management.

GenesisCare Maitland will offer patients rapid access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy techniques and technology, including stereotactic body ablative therapy (SBRT), tattoo free radiation therapy, deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH), and rapid access for palliative care.

GenesisCare Radiation Oncologist and Newcastle Site Director, Dr Mike Fay, who has been working in the local area for over five years, said he was looking forward to working with his medical oncologist colleagues at the new comprehensive cancer facility.

“It is well documented that a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care leads to improved patient outcomes and offering all the services under one roof will minimise the burden on patients and their families,” he said.

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