The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued her campaign for radiotherapy services in Shepparton, urging the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding to the health provider planning to build the services in Shepparton.
Speaking in State Parliament recently on the granting of a licence to private health provider GenesisCare to build a radiotherapy facility in Shepparton, Ms Lovell conveyed the cancer story of Shepparton woman Camella Malone who recently commenced radiotherapy treatment in Bendigo.
Camella Malone is 58 years old with two adult children and lives with her son in Shepparton. Camella was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017 and an extensive 13-week course of chemotherapy in May 2017. Because of the long course of chemo, Camella took three more months to recover before undergoing a mastectomy in late November.
Since her operation, Camella has been preparing for a challenging course of radiotherapy, which commences this week in Bendigo. Camella will receive one treatment per day, five days a week for five weeks in order to finally defeat her cancer. As I said, earlier Camella lives with her son who travels regularly as an interstate truck-driver, so she lives alone for the majority of the time.
Camella is also an animal lover, being the proud owner of two dogs. Her animals are her world and to care for her dogs properly, Camella will travel every day to Bendigo from Shepparton to receive her radiotherapy treatment. That is an over 200 km round trip every day for five weeks to get the treatment she needs to defeat her illness. In speaking to Camella, she made it clear that she would be unable to afford treatment at a private radiotherapy facility in Shepparton; reinforcing to all of us the importance of State Government funding for the planned GenesisCare facility.
Quotes attributed to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Cancer patients from Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley have travelled for radiotherapy treatment for far too long.”
“The granting of a licence to GenesisCare to build radiotherapy services is wonderful news but there is still work to be done by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure the treatment is affordable to all patients.”
“I will continue to advocate for local cancer patients so the State Government provides funding to guarantee any new facility provides affordable radiotherapy to everyone who needs it.