Icon Cancer Centre Maroochydore is now delivering stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) treatment, an advanced technique used to treat, small well-defined brain and lung tumours, including tumours that have spread from a primary cancer.
The centre is the first oncology care provider on the Sunshine Coast to offer this precision treatment technique, now eliminating the need for cancer patients in the region to travel long distances in to metropolitan Brisbane.
Gympie cancer patient, 73-year-old, Pam Friske was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001. Having caught the tumour quite early, Pam was able to have surgery to remove the tumour with no further treatment. Since then, Pam has had regular x-rays and CT scans to monitor any changes. This year, after her scans found the nodules in her lungs had changed, a PET-CT scan found she had two small cancerous tumours in both lungs.