Thanks to your incredible support during our most recent appeal, we raised over $253,000 to help Australians living in rural and regional areas to access essential cancer care.
These funds will help to set up two additional clinics in Dubbo, providing specialist care closer to home for head and neck and gynaecological cancers.
Your support means that patients like Paul Millar won’t have to travel hundreds of kilometres to receive life-saving cancer treatment.
A fly-in fly-out worker in the construction industry, Paul first noticed a lump on his neck while on a ten-week stint in South Australia. A local GP encouraged him to travel more than two hours to the nearest city for a scan.
Back home in Coffs Harbour and with a diagnosis of tongue cancer, the father of three visited the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse clinic in Port Macquarie. “It was fantastic having it so close to home.”
After meeting head and neck cancer specialist A/Prof Carsten Palme, Paul was reassured. “He said we see this sort of thing a lot, and it’s very treatable.”
Paul underwent surgery in Sydney, and receives follow-up care in Port Macquarie. He was impressed by the collaboration between members of his specialist team. “The fact that everybody is on the same wavelength just makes it so much easier.”
Paul is grateful to the donors who make specialist care available to patients like him. “Thank you. You don’t realise just how many people you’re helping.”
We look forward to updating you on new clinics across NSW.