In August 2018, local Gold Coast resident, 49-year-old, Philippa Douglas went to her doctor thinking she had asthma. After a chest x-ray and CT scan she was told she had cancer in her lung, liver and lymph nodes. Within 24 hours she had an operation and overnight suffered from a bad headache. A CT and PET scan found eight secondary tumours in her brain. She was told she would need radiation therapy for the tumours in her brain, and was referred to Icon Gold Coast Private where she would be the first in Australia to receive an advanced radiation therapy treatment technology – Varian HyperArc.
Knowing she would be receiving the latest technology helped Philippa keep a positive outlook.
“I’ve been surprisingly positive throughout what has been a pretty awful few weeks. I was excited and very honoured to be taking part in a new kind of cutting-edge treatment. I came in not knowing what to expect and was surprised to find it was all over in 10 minutes. There was no pain whatsoever, and I had no pain afterwards and after each treatment I was able to continue on with the rest of my day,” Ms Douglas said.