INNOVATIVE: Cancer patient Kate Szumowski is treated at the new GenesisCare and the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic centre with Dr Debra Furnis.
INNOVATIVE: Cancer patient Kate Szumowski is treated at the new GenesisCare and the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic centre with Dr Debra Furnis. Warren Lynam

$10 million 'cutting-edge' cancer care centre opens on Coast

A $10 MILLION integrated cancer care centre hailed for its "cutting edge” treatment will be unveiled on the Sunshine Coast today.

The centre, nestled in the back of the Buderim Medical Precinct, is the first of its kind on the Coast, offering its patients an all-in-one facility.

It has the latest in oncology and holistic services, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, haematological care and allied health support such as oncology massage, dietetics, exercise physiology and psychology.

GenesisCare and the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic will open the centre, which is capable of delivering 15,000 treatments in the first year alone.

Radiation oncologist Dr Debra Furniss said the centre was a huge step forward for treatment on the Coast.

"The ageing population of our region is rapidly growing, so there is an increasing need for easily accessible specialist treatment,” Dr Furniss said.

"Now patients can access all the services under one roof.

"It includes the latest radiation therapy techniques including stereotactic radiosurgery, which is used to treat brain cancers and stereotactic ablative body radiation therapy for lung, spine and liver cancers.

"These cutting techniques kill cancer cells while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue, which can help minimise potential side-effects, and mean fewer treatment visits.”

Cancer care centre helping local patients on the Sunshine Coast. Kate Szumowski is being treated at the centre.
Cancer care centre helping local patients on the Sunshine Coast. Kate Szumowski is being treated at the centre. Warren Lynam

For Wurtulla mum Kate Szumowski, who juggles part time work, a toddler, and breast cancer treatment, it's one less thing to worry about.

It was an accidental kick to the chest from her two-year-old Isabel which ultimately led to the "frozen pea” sized lump being detected on her breast in December.

Doctors told her her cancer was so aggressive if it went undetected for six months, the treatment would prolong, not save her life.

"I have survived the chemo side of things, which was very challenging,” Ms Szumowski said.

"Having everything out of one centre is just one less thing to worry about.

"Coming to a familiar environment takes away all the nerves and anxiety of the scary treatments.

"I've only just started my radiation, but moving into the same complex has made it that little bit easier.

"Particularly not to have to travel to two different places. I still have to work, so that really helps.”

Cancer Council Queensland has identified the Coast as one of the state's cancer hotspots, with more than 3500 new cases diagnosed annually.



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