Australia’s largest cancer care provider has announced a $50,000 donation to local cancer charity Can Assist. The pledge is part of Icon Cancer Centre’s commitment to increase access to comprehensive cancer services closer to home, ahead of opening Maitland’s first radiation oncology centre.
The cancer incidence in Maitland ranks higher than the Australian average, with more than 6,215 people diagnosed with cancer each year in the Hunter New England Local Health District alone.1 Further, nearly one in six (14%) cancer patients in New South Wales who would benefit from radiation therapy face accessibility barriers to existing services.2 Icon Cancer Centre Australia CEO Paul Fenton says the donation is just one way Icon are showing their support for the local community in reducing, where possible, the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis.
“This donation will support Can Assist in our shared mission to provide equitable access to cancer care and support services for cancer patients in country NSW. Without any radiation oncology services available in the area to date, we recognise the emotional and financial impact experienced when accessing cancer care. No patient should face the decision of forgoing cancer treatment because they are unable to access it. We are very proud to help lighten the load for cancer patients and their loved ones during this difficult time through providing greater resources, treatment options and funding for the local region,” Mr Fenton said.
“With the opening of Maitland’s first radiation oncology service in a matter of weeks, and alongside the important work of Can Assist, we are dedicated to ensuring that no patient needs to travel away from home and leave their support network to access the care they need.”