For 29-year-old local resident, Nikki McAteer who was diagnosed with rectal cancer last month, the new centre provides a welcome relief.
“As a mother of three young children, one of my biggest concerns was if I’d be able to manage my life and my family without disrupting it too much. I lost my mum to breast cancer when I was only 23. When I think back to that time, she had to travel hours to go to her appointments for treatment, which must have been draining physically and mentally, and ultimately had an impact on her time with us,” said Mrs McAteer.
“I feel so lucky that all my care is based here in Rockingham with everything I need within a 15-minute drive. It means I can still drop the kids off at school, have my treatment, continue working, and be here with my family.”
The site includes a 15-chair private day oncology with the capacity to deliver more than 11,000 chemotherapy and blood disorder treatments annually; one linear accelerator, the machine that delivers radiation therapy treatment that will have the capacity to deliver 9,000 of radiation therapy treatments every year.