Chemotherapy Treatment

Chemotherapy Treatment at the Milton Cancer Services Centre to Increase from Two to Three Days a Week Effective September 4th 2012.

Since 2008, the Cancer Services Centre has been open five days a week and has provided chemotherapy treatment on two of those days - Thursdays and Fridays. From September 4th, this service will increase to three days a week, ( Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), due to a number of reasons.

1.    There has been a redirection of patients from the Kiama area who received treatment in Wollongong Hospital to the cancer service at Shoalhaven Hospital, and in turn, patients from the Sussex Inlet area are now being directed from Nowra to Milton for their chemotherapy.

2.    Having chemotherapy services available locally in Milton has resulted in more patients opting to have this treatment who might have otherwise declined due to such reasons as family constraints and/or the previous travel distances and costs.

3.    Locally available chemotherapy services mean that many patients who may have travelled to Sydney or other remote sites for surgery are able to return to Milton for their chemotherapy, rather than having to stay away from home for this part of their treatment.

4.    Developments in effective drug regimens have resulted in extended administration times for their chemotherapy – in some cases up to 6 hours, when previously it may have only taken one or two hours.

5.    Changes in treatments have resulted in some patients having chemotherapy administered on three consecutive days. So these patients who had to travel to Nowra for one of these treatments will now be able to have all three days of chemotherapy in Milton.

All these factors have combined to increase the demands on the chemotherapy service in Milton and by extending services to three days this allows the increased demand to be accommodated within existing staffing levels.