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Cancer Centre celebrates 5th birthday

The Cancer Centre at St John of God Murdoch Hospital has celebrated five years of treating some of our most vulnerable patients.

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5 August 2019

Opened on 4 August 2014 in the South wing of the Hospital, the Cancer Centre has treated more than 3,000 patients and provided hope and support through their healthcare journeys.

Our holistic oncology service supports the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of a patient, in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The Cancer Centre has 20 bays available, and our caregivers go out of their way to create a warm and fun environment.

Marie Condon has been the Nurse Unit Manager since the Cancer Centre opened five years ago.

She said the service has grown steadily with new consultants and patients joining the department, which has a focus on excellence in care.

“The opportunity to be involved with the care of patients who require treatment for cancer, chronic health problems and blood product support has been a privilege for the caregivers,” Marie said.

“It is by far and away the most rewarding of jobs to help make a difference at a very stressful time for people.

“Our staff enjoy the banter and laughs we have with our patients and fellow caregivers, and equally we are there for the hugs and tears too.

“It is wonderful to celebrate the five year goal and I look forward to the future and seeing where we will be in another five years.”

The Cancer Centre is celebrating the 5th birthday with a beautiful display of rainbow decorations.

A special breakfast was also organised, and a photo taken to commemorate the anniversary.

Patient Rebecca Gallen joined in the festivities, as one of the first patients to be treated on the new ward, and she continues to be treated for stage 4 cancer.

 

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