Cancer treatment facility on horizon

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The WA Health Minister will pledge about $13 million for a cancer treatment facility in Albany today, in a major step towards providing lifesaving treatment in the Great Southern.

The announcement by Roger Cook today could see Albany host the only radiation oncology unit in the region, cutting travel by hundreds of kilometres for patients in WA’s south.

Bunbury hosts the closest radiation oncology treatment facility to the Great Southern.

The State funding will complement $6.6 million pledged by the Federal Government in 2018, bringing the total project cost to nearly $20 million.

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The joint funding, predicated on a successful feasibility study and business case by the State, will see the construction of a specialised bunker, with a linear accelerator, CT simulator and CT interfacing and computer system.

The feasibility study is due to be completed in May. O’Connor MP Rick Wilson announced the Commonwealth funding grant for cancer treatment equipment last year, sparking hope for a Great Southern oncology ward by mid-2019.

However, despite that funding, the project was held in limbo until today while the State Government evaluated the proposal — with an expectation it would foot the bill for building a specialised bunker.

Despite Genesis Cancer Care general manager Michael Davis claiming the facility could be built for around $4 million, it would appear the State expects the cost to be much more than that. The expected cost is similar to a facility in Bunbury, which cost $14 million.

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