A new, state-of-the-art cancer centre will soon be opening within the Maitland Private Hospital campus, providing comprehensive cancer services closer to home for the local community. With the opening of Icon Cancer Centre Maitland in August of this year, cancer patients will no longer need to travel to Newcastle for their radiation therapy treatment.
With no radiation oncology service previously available for public and private patients in Maitland, Icon Cancer Centre Maitland will save patients from travelling more than an hour each day during what can be months of radiation therapy treatment.
The centre will feature cutting-edge radiation therapy technology, including an advanced Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator, with the capacity to treat over 900 new courses of radiation therapy each year. Patients do not require private health insurance to receive radiation therapy treatments, with up to 80-90% of costs reimbursed by Medicare.
Studies of access to New South Wales radiation therapy services have found that 14% of cancer patients who would benefit from radiation therapy face accessibility barriers to existing services.1 Icon Group CEO Mark Middleton says the opening of Icon Cancer Centre Maitland reflects Icon Group’s longstanding commitment to bringing care closer to home for cancer patients, especially those in regional and rural areas.
“With cancer incidence ranking higher in Maitland than the Australian average, this centre will play an important role for cancer patients and their families for many years to come,” Mr Middleton said.