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The news that a family member or loved-one
has been diagnosed with cancer leaves everyone
involved reeling from the shock and wondering
how they are going to cope in the days ahead.
Our community is fortunate to have the
professional ser vices of the Southern Highlands
Cancer Centre, which is owned and operated by the
Southern Highlands Private Hospital.
Both private and public patients are provided
for at the centre, which o ers supportive care and
education to diagnosed cancer patients and those
who care for them.
The centre is tted with ve recliner chairs and
two beds in a bright and relaxed atmosphere.
Patients and visitors are able to watch their favourite
television station, listen to music and have access
to refreshments and lunch throughout the day to
ensure comfort in a caring environment.
Consultation ser vices are available from a medical
oncologist, radiation oncologist, haematologist and
highly specialised quali ed nursing sta .
There is also a breast care nurse, a social
worker, dietician, counsellor, reiki and meditation
professionals as well as pastoral care, palliative care
and a cancer support group.
Trained personnel in the information department
answer questions associated with the processes
each patient is enduring and can provide supporting
There is no charge for using the information centre
and appointments are not necessary. Information
can be accessed from 10am-4pm Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday.
Transport to Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre for
treatment is available to patients, while lifts to the
Camden Hospital Pallative Care Unit are o ered to
families and carers.
New to the centre is the added resource of a wig
library where scarfs, turbans, wraps and hats are
supplied to cover hair loss with air and con dence.
A "Look Better -- Feel Better" program is o ered to
all newly diagnosed patients to help them cope with
the physical changes caused by cancer treatments.
Research and cancer trails are conducted from the
centre, which also boasts its own research nurse.
The Southern Highlands Foundation manages
a trust fund for the centre. Funds raised by the
foundation purchase equipment for patients to use
in their homes and to further educate sta
and patients. n
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