Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia accounting for approximately 27% of all deaths. From over 100,000 patients diagnosed with cancer each year, around 1,200 come from the Greater Southern Area.
The management options for the treatment of cancer are complex. These options include surgery, radiotherapy and drug treatments involving hormones or Chemotherapy (cell poisoning agents) and immune modulators. The most effective method of treatment of an individual cancer varies, but quite often it involves a multidisciplinary approach, utilising one or more forms of treatment, either simultaneously or consecutively.
The development of the Riverina Cancer Care Centre means that the full range of treatment options are now available in the Riverina including existing programmes for screening and genetics.
Cancer treatment may be administered to patients for curative purposes but may also be given to aide in the palliation of symptoms (pain reduction).
Your Doctor will recommend the most effective means of treatment of your cancer, taking into consideration the exact nature and location of your cancer and all the available current evidence. It is important to remember that the ultimate decision as to how you are treated lies with you, the patient.