NEW CANCER CENTRE FOR NORWEST

A $10 million Cancer Centre is to be built in Norwest and will be opened by GenesisCare in early 2022.

The centre is being built on land adjacent to Norwest Private Hospital and will offer patients rapid access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy techniques and technology.

It will have the capacity to deliver more than 14,000 treatments to 800 patients a year, GenesisCare has officially signed a lease with property management company Mulpha to build the $10 million radiation therapy facility at the Bond in Norwest, an innovative new health precinct on the corner of Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norbrik Drive GenesisCare currently provides radiation therapy services at Macquarie Hospital, Concord and more recently Kingswood.

Ben Ward, GenesisCare’s Executive Manager of Oncology, said: “The Hills district is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW in terms of population growth so it is absolutely imperative we invest in the right healthcare infrastructure to ensure local community needs are met now and in the future.”

GenesisCare Norwest will provide patients with rapid access to state-of-theart radiotherapy techniques and technology, including stereotactic body ablative therapy, tattoo free radiation therapy, deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) and rapid access for palliative care.

Patients from the Hills District can access surgery and medical oncology services locally at Norwest Private Hospital, however in some cases are currently travelling up to two hours a day to receive radiation therapy.

Federal Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke said it was “great news”.

“Many of us have friends and family members who are affected by cancer and know that it is imperative they receive the best care available and as close to home as possible. This facility will do just that,” he said.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne, said: “We need more services particularly in the areas of healthcare to support our rapidly growing population and to ensure residents have access to the best possible treatments. As a former cancer researcher, I understand the importance of patients being able to access quality, innovative cancer treatments that gives them the best possible chance of survival long term.”

Every year, more than 4500 people in Western Sydney Local Health District, will be told they have cancer and there will be more than 1300 cancer deaths.

Tim Spencer, Executive General Manager at Mulpha Developments, said: “The new GenesisCare cancer centre is a natural fit for our landmark timber building The Bond, given its focus on wellness, sustainability and innovation, and proximity to the Norwest Private Hospital.”

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