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The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is a world class healthcare facility that brings together cancer treatment, research, teaching programs and related services in one purpose built facility.

The care and support of our patients is central to everything we do.

Services operating within the Centre take a multi-disciplinary team approach to health treatment and support. Our cancer services are made up of several highly skilled teams, including Medical and Radiation Oncology, Haematology, Immunology, Surgery, Bone Marrow Transplant, Psychosocial and Palliative Care to provide comprehensive services to patients and their carers with cancer and related illnesses.

The diagnosis of cancer alters patient’s lives as they know it. Everything is put on hold. The suffering is widespread, with so many loved ones also affected.
Through Dry July and the Canberra Hospital Foundation, your will help us to provide extra support and comfort that will compliment and enhance the treatment and healing of patients, families and carers affected by cancer in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Since 2009, the amazing support of our Dry July community has enabled initiatives and items including the Therapeutic Harp Program, Sleep Pods, the Hospitality Trolley, uplifting art murals, floral arrangements, massage chairs and blanket warmers, just to name a few. These initiatives support patients’ wellbeing by offering relaxation, comfort, distraction and ultimately, help to make very difficult experiences a little bit easier.

This year, with your help, funds raised will support the purchase of new, bright and comfortable lounges, chairs and tables which will furnish the Social Hub in the Wellbeing Centre - a new and exciting addition to the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The Social Hub will give patients and their loved ones a space to unite, in a warm and inviting environment, dissimilar to the more clinical treatment areas. The space will foster a feeling of homeliness, and encourage connection at a time when patients and their families are navigating the difficult journey of cancer.

By going dry for the month of July, you are making a meaningful difference to the lives of so many people affected by cancer, we are so grateful for your support!

Latest Updates

Dry July Foundation funds Sleep Pods at Canberra Hospital

Thanks to funds raised through Dry July 2019, Canberra Hospital has been able to purchase specialist chairs ("pods") that convert into beds with movable and breathable shade/cover that prevents noise and light penetration.

Sleep Pods use psychoacoustic techniques to promote relaxation and sleep.

These are for use by rural and regional patients that travel and need rest during treatment.

Flowers brighten the day at Canberra Hospital

On a daily basis the front line reception staff continue to respond to patients and their carers commenting and enquiring around the floral arrangements that are a constant source of admiration on each of the reception desks, and people are always surprised to find out they are not real.

It is in that pure appreciation of something beautiful that tends to bring out the best in everyone and opens up conversation not at all related to the reason why patients and their families are here. So thanks to DRY July small distractions like this make for small positives in what can be difficult days for families.

Easter Bunny visits patients at Canberra Hospital

Funding from the Dry July Foundation to support the Tea Trolley Service continues to lift spirits at Canberra Hospital; especially when the Easter Bunny is in town! Here's what some of the patients had to say:

“It is so nice to be able to be offered some alternative teas when you are feeling unwell. I always make use of the herbal varieties available”.

“The friendly service provided by the tea/coffee volunteers is most appreciative by both myself and husband. It provides a homely and supportive atmosphere whilst undergoing treatment at the CRCC”.

Much appreciated Lea and Bill Huber

“I so look forward to getting my cup of tea from the friendly ladies and gents during my cancer treatment at CRCC”.

Mark Biega.

Canberra Hospital receive a grant from Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Canberra Hospital has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• A Scalp Cooling Cap for use during chemotherapy, aimed at reducing the side-effect of hair loss cause by chemotherapy

• Newspapers & Magazines subscription for Duffy House and the Cancer Centre

• Water and Ice Station to make patients more comfortable during treatment

• Refurbishment of patient waiting areas to create a pleasant, non-clinical environment to conduct chemotherapy/stem cell collection and transplant education sessions for new patients.

To see a list of all recipients from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program, visit 

Therapeutic Harp Program + more at Canberra Hospital

Funding from the Dry July campaign and a grant from the Dry July Foundation ACT has ensured the continuation of the beloved therapeutic harp program at Canberra Hospital.

Harp therapy has been shown to help cancer patients cope with the side effects of their treatment, and can provide a sense of calm to patients who may feel distressed and anxious in a busy hospital environment.

The program at The Canberra Hospital is delivered by a certified harp therapist and has been funded by Dry July since 2012.

Additional funds have provided a water and ice station so patients do not have to leave their treatment area; waiting area refurbishments, a 12 month magazine and newspaper subscription and floral displays to brighten up the reception areas.

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