The centre has the capacity to treat over 600 people each year, offering precise and complex treatment including stereotactic radiation therapy for advanced cancer.
“The machines and technology have evolved since the radiation therapy I received in 2008. To have the latest treatment available for patients living in Geelong and the south-western suburbs of Melbourne is great. I live in Point Cook and Icon Geelong is so much more accessible for Wyndham residents than the Melbourne hospitals,” John said.
John says that discipline and establishing facts clearly are traits from his engineering career which made his experience through treatment much easier. He encourages people newly diagnosed with cancer to listen closely and ask questions if anything is unclear.
“I would always have a notebook and write down what I was being told, then go home and type it all up. This meant I could make a note of anything I didn’t understand and raise that at my next appointment, which helped to ensure I was moving forward.”
John says that having a positive mindset also made a big difference.
“It’s important to remain positive. There are lots of different great people in the team working on this which is very reassuring, and each time I went in I felt like I learned more. It’s remarkable to be in that kind of environment.”