Radiation oncology centre is one year old

SERVING THE NEEDS OF CANCER PATIENTS IN THE COMMUNITY... GenesisCare is one year old. From left, Demet Hepyukselen, centre leader, Kennis Chung, radiation therapist, Dr Grace Ong, radiation oncologist, Chi Nguyen, assistant unit leader. Photo: Supplied.

OPENING in December last year, more than 300 patients have received radiation treatment at GenesisCare here in Shepparton.

Prior to its opening, patients would have travelled to Melbourne, Bendigo or Wodonga for treatment whereas now, it can amount to as little as an hour out of their day.

With its opening, Shepparton cancer patients have been able to access word-class radiation therapy at their doorstep. The centre is open to both public and privately insured patients thanks to a shared care agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services, Goulburn Valley Health and GenesisCare.

GenesisCare’s Shepparton centre leader, Dee Hepyukselen, commended the entire Shepparton team and Goulburn Valley Health for their flexibility, professionalism and steadfast commitment to ensuring patients receive the highest quality of care during COVID-19.

“Our Shepparton centre truly couldn’t have opened at a better time as it meant patients in the Goulburn Valley region were able to access radiation therapy locally instead of travelling to Melbourne during Victoria’s lockdown. “

Since opening, GenesisCare has launched two innovative treatment techniques for its breast cancer patients, tattoo free radiation therapy and deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH).

Hon Damian Drum MP, the Federal Member for Nicholls, said: “I congratulate GenesisCare for its one-year anniversary in Shepparton. Its operation here in the Goulburn Valley has been a welcome addition to our local health offerings, allowing cancer sufferers to be treated locally, rather than having the added stress of travelling hours for radiation treatment.”
GenesisCare radiation oncologist, Dr Grace Ong, said “as a centre, we have continued to grow and evolve and whilst being able to offer standard radiation therapy, we have also invested in the latest technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.”