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Important milestone for cancer care

April marks an important milestone for the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic (SCHOC), as it celebrates 25 years since opening as the first free-standing day hospital in Queensland.

Since inception, the clinic has facilitated more than 80,000 treatments to patients in need and continues to be a one-of-a-kind in the region, providing haematology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and allied health services under the one roof.

With a comprehensive team of medical specialists, allied health professionals and specialist nurses, the clinic is committed to leading the way for world class cancer care.

First established in coastal surrounds of Cotton Tree by Dr John Reardon and his wife Sandra, the idea to start the clinic arose from the lack of specialised cancer care services on the Sunshine Coast.

The clinic offers patients a full-service holistic treatment facility outside of the traditional hospital environment, which has been a big comfort for patients and their families going through cancer treatment. Dr Reardon found patients really responded to the more personalised and non-threatening experience that the clinic offers.

After running the clinic for 15 years, Dr and Mrs Reardon sold the business to Monserrat Day Hospitals who subscribe to the same clinical approach of providing patients with comprehensive specialist medical care in a personalised and more homely setting.

Seeing the need to expand on the integrated approach to cancer care, the team at Montserrat developed a purpose built $10 million facility in Buderim, reopening the clinic in July 2019, with the addition of GenesisCare radiation oncology, clinical trials in partnership with the University on the Sunshine Coast and a range of allied health services.

Clinical Haematologist, Dr Sorab Shavaksha joined the SCHOC team in 2013 and says, “As leaders in the field of cancer care, we have our finger on the pulse, always keeping up with the latest research and advancements in oncology and haematology. We are proud to conduct a number of onsite clinical trials in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“We provide a number of onsite support services including a McGrath Foundation breast care nurse, exercise physiology, dietetics, clinical psychology and oncology massage therapy.

“Cancer treatment can be frightening and by offering continuity in the patient’s health care team in one convenient location, anxiety is reduced, and this can assist in their journey.”

Long-term patient Mr Bob Hobson says, “It has been a great privilege to receive treatment at SCHOC Buderim over the past eight years.

“From the time of my initial diagnosis and throughout ongoing treatment, I have always received the very best advice and support from a dedicated and professional team of medical and support staff.

“The friendship and empathy shown by all staff has made me feel special and they have given me hope and support in a situation which had potential to be very difficult.

“I remain full of hope for the future and know that I am in great and trusted hands.”

The SCHOC team are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with patients and their support team during the month of April.



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