Icon Group will build a new $11 million Icon Cancer Centre in Mildura, with the capacity to deliver 9,000 radiation therapy treatments annually. The state-of-the-art centre is set to open by the third quarter of 2019 and will allow local cancer patients to receive treatment closer to home.
The centre is in partnership with Mildura Health Private Hospital (MHPH) and will be built on the hospital grounds. It will house a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the latest in radiation therapy technology delivering pinpoint radiation treatments and techniques. Icon Group and MHPH have jointly funded the centre and the Federal Government has committed to a Radiation Oncology Hospital Program Grant (ROHPG) which recognises Mildura as an area of need.
This world-class centre will employ a multidisciplinary care team including radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, nurses, medical physicists and administration staff. Icon’s radiation oncologist Dr Andrew See has been providing an outreach clinic in Mildura for over 10 years and will continue to consult and now treat patients in the new centre once open.
“Our doctors are passionate about ensuring we continue to deliver the best care possible to cancer patients and their families. Dr See is a big part of the Icon team and having him on board with us in Mildura will provide great continuity of care for patients,” Mr Middleton said.
The centre will treat both public and private patients and will eliminate the need for Mildura residents and surrounding communities to travel lengthy distances for the care they need.