Community support to buy an $18,000 scanner

COFFS Harbour Health Campus has been able to buy an $18,000 scanner for prostate cancer patients, thanks to support from the community.

The specialised ultrasound bladder scanner, which will improve treatment for men receiving radiation for prostate cancer, has been funded by Coffs Harbour community groups with support from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The new scanner was shown to representatives of groups involved in the fundraising at an afternoon tea at the North Coast Cancer Institute yesterday.

Experience has shown that this device can provide benefits to men being treated for this disease, but with Government funding at a premium, the task of funding the $18,000 machine seemed daunting. When the local Prostate Cancer Support Group became aware of the challenge, they were able to draw on $6000 donated last year by the Coffs Harbour Businessmen's Group. A matching grant from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia meant $12,000 became available.

“It just grew from there,” said Coffs Harbour Prostate Cancer Support Group convener Bruce Robertson.

“I didn't canvass for this cause. People just became aware of the need and stepped up to the mark. Support from groups such as Titivators Breast Cancer Group and Coffs Ex-Services Club and others has been wonderful.

“It's great to see local funds, supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation money, being used to benefit men who need this treatment.”

NCAHS radiation therapy manager Stuart Greenham said the arrival of the bladder scanner had provided staff from the NCCI with the one missing item of equipment that they felt would further help them prevent or minimise treatment-related side effects.



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