Complementary therapy clinic opens at Comprehensive Cancer Centre

A group of four men and three women standing in a room. A sign on a window reads Cancer Supportive Care Centre.
Minister for Health Roger Cook MLA (far right), Professor George Yeoh (left) and Melanie Marsh (third from left) from the Cancer Council WA and FSH staff at the official opening of the Cancer Supportive Care Centre
July 16, 2019

Patients living with cancer now have access to a range of free holistic support following the opening of a new Cancer Supportive Care Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).

The centre, run by Cancer Council WA, adds to the suite of services available at FSH’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

It will offer psychosocial care and support to improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones. It aims to also help them cope with the physical and emotional fallout from cancer.

A range of complementary therapies including aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and reiki will also be offered, with plans for expansion into other programs including meditation and mindfulness.

This centre will provide people living with cancer in the southern corridor access to these services, which previously haven’t been available.

FSH Nurse Director Nyrene Jackson said the centre will have a significant impact on patient’s spiritual wellbeing.

“Being able to offer patients an onsite holistic service and emotional relief throughout their treatment will truly make a difference to their mindset as they undergo difficult treatments,” Nyrene said.

“Cancer has a substantial impact on the lives of patients and their loved ones. Incorporating supportive care into routine cancer care is an increasing priority with growing evidence of its importance to patient-centred care.”

The FSH Comprehensive Cancer Centre provides care for adult patients with cancer and haematological malignancies through medical, radiation and surgical interventions, haematology and palliative care.

Each year, approximately 12,000 Western Australians hear the words ‘you have cancer’ and these numbers will continue to grow.

The latest estimates show 1.9 million Australians will have a personal history of cancer by 2040.

The clinic has been generously funded by the Dry July Foundation.

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