Icon Cancer Centre Cairns is now delivering stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) treatment, an advanced technique used to treat small well-defined lung tumours, including tumours that have spread from a primary cancer. The centre, located within Cairns Hospital, is the first oncology care provider in Cairns to offer this precision treatment technique, saving local patients from having to travel long distances to access care, or down to Brisbane.
Local cancer patient 65-year-old Linda Cargill was first diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year after going to the GP for emphysema. Scans showed a small tumour in her right lung that would require radiation therapy treatment. Within days, Linda was able to receive stereotactic radiation therapy at Icon Cancer Centre Cairns.