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Geraldton to get radiation therapy centre

Geraldton will soon have a radiation therapy centre thanks to the Federal Government’s $63.4 million investment to expand cancer treatment capacity in 13 regional locations across Australia.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the federally funded initiative will provide greater access, help and support for people fighting cancer and she is delighted that Geraldton will have a centre.

“I was aware there was going to be funding for regional radiation therapy centres and I fought hard to make sure there was one for Geraldton, and I’m pleased to see my efforts paid off,” Ms Price said.

“A key barrier to radiation therapy in Durack is not just cost, it has also been a lack of access.

“Too many people in regional and rural communities like Durack cannot access radiation therapy because they live too far from their nearest radiation therapy centre.

“A long drive or bus trip for therapy means time, money and inconvenience for patients at this stressful time of their lives,” Ms Price said.

“Through this funding we can help patients to overcome these issues, so they and their families can focus on what matters – fighting and beating cancer.

“The new centre will deliver high quality, comprehensive radiation oncology services and I am thrilled with this announcement.”

Geraldton is the only regional centre in WA to receive funding to operate a radiation therapy centre.

This investment builds on the Federal Government’s $606 million investment for diagnostic imaging benefiting cancer and other patients, in the budget.

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