Cancer centre has a new $3.8m linear accelerator

Radiation oncologist, Dr Thanuja Thachil, Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, Director of Medical Physics, Chris Lee, and radiation oncologist, Dr Jo Chang, at the cancer centre

The cancer treating capacity at the Central Coast Cancer Centre was expanded recently thanks to a Federal Government investment of $3.8m for a new linear accelerator (LINAC).
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said that since the centre opened in 2013, the number of radiotherapy courses provided by the two existing linear accelerator machines had more than doubled.
“This was the first cancer centre on the Central Coast to offer public radiotherapy services and sadly, the demand for those services is continuing to grow,” Wicks said.
“Following a number of discussions with the Central Coast Local Health District and clinical staff based at the cancer centre, it became clear that an additional machine would be needed to cope with that demand.
“I was pleased to be able to work with the staff to advocate for a third machine and I am delighted to see that we succeeded in getting that vital funding.
“Without this additional machine, patients may have been required to go on a waiting list, and that was something none of us wanted.
“It will also ease the pressures on staff who work long hours to ensure no patients miss out.”
LINAC machines are vital pieces of technology in the treatment of cancer as they allow doctors to target cancer cells while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue.
The Central Coast Cancer Centre was jointly funded by the Federal and NSW State Governments at a cost of $39m.
Before it opened, cancer patients either paid for radiotherapy treatment at private facilities or travelled long distances to Sydney or Newcastle for public services.

Media release, Mar 26
Member for Robertson,
Lucy Wicks

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