OUR SAY: New centre step in right direction

WHEN I am sick, the last thing I want to do is get in a car and travel four hours south, only to stay in hospital for 24 hours before heading home.

But that is the reality for many people on the Fraser Coast who are getting treatment for cancer, and feel they need to travel to Brisbane for quality care.

The new $17 million Hervey Bay Cancer Care Centre in Urraween will mean about 750 patients a year will be able to stay in the community for treatment in a peaceful environment; away from the busy chaos of our hospital systems.

The new centre allows these patients to have privacy and dignity at a time when they are feeling the serious side effects of their therapy: nausea, vomiting, limb pain and depression, to name a few.

While this new service will be great for those 750 patients, that still leaves thousands of patients who still need to either cram themselves into a busy hospital cancer treatment ward, with up to 10 other people in the same room, or travel to Nambour or Brisbane.

Given the region's prominent aging population, now is the time to ensure all of our cancer treatment facilities (public, private and everything in between) provide the comfort and support the people in our community who are fighting cancer deserve.



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