Cancer patients praise the new Mater Private Hospital
WHEN Brian Waller was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he had no option but to travel to four different hospitals to meet with specialist doctors.
The 78-year-old has spent countless hours travelling over the past 12 months just to get from his home in Wulkuraka to his numerous appointments at the Ipswich Day, St Andrews, Greenslopes and Wesley Hospitals.
The burden of having to travel for consultations and medical tests took its toll on both Mr Waller's health and hip pocket.
"It was a long and hard journey some days to get to the hospital," he said.
"Then there was the financial aspect of having to travel and the appointments and treatments."
But the days of travelling into Brisbane to see medical professionals are over, with Mr Waller now receiving treatment at the new Cancer Care Centre at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.
The Cancer Care Centre, which was partially funded by $21.4 million from the Australian Government, includes a $2 million linear accelerator and 15 medical oncology treatment bays.
Mr Waller receives treatment on the linear accelerator, which uses high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells and treat tumours.
The machine is used by specialists from Radiation Oncology Queensland.
"I have received 33 radiation treatments so far at Springfield," Mr Waller said.
"The machine is incredible and only takes roughly 10 minutes for the treatment.
"I have had a really great experience with all the reception staff and radiotherapists here in Springfield.
"They are all tops."
Mr Waller is one of 50 patients who are currently receiving treatment by Radiation Oncology Queensland at the Cancer Care Centre.
Dr Peter Gorayski has been overseeing the treatment of Mr Waller and the other patients.
Dr Gorayski said his patients came from all over the south-east to receive their radiation therapy.
"We have seen about 65 patients and have treated over 50 in the short few months which the hospital has been open," he said.
"We are really pleased with the steady number of patients who are coming to see us here, and we know there will be plenty more coming in over the next few months.
"We have patients coming to us who live in Ipswich, the western suburbs of Brisbane and even Beaudesert, the Lockyer Valley and Boonah.
"We have received alot of feedback from patients about the shorter travel time to get to Springfield.
"This corridor is growing and expanding, making the Cancer Care Centre a very valuable asset."
Springfield is one of seven Radiation Oncology Centres in Queensland, with other locations in Toowoomba, Cairns, Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Additionally, centres at Greenslopes and Redlands are currently under construction.