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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

Art Therapy at The Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital used Dry July funding to implement an art therapy program. The Creative Space program enabled an Art Therapist to work with inpatients and outpatients within the Canberra Region Cancer Centre and the hospital. 

"Art Therapy is an exterior map for the interior self. It can help people express traumatic or upsetting experiences through non-verbal communication, in a safe and non judgemental environment."

Rapid Relief Team BBQs supporting Dry July again in 2017

The Rapid Relief Team are proud supporters of Canberra Hospital’s Dry July campaign. Since 2016 the dedicated volunteers have raised $4,510 through hosting BBQ’s at Canberra Hospital! Selling delicious gourmet burgers, the BBQ is incredibly popular amongst staff, patients and visitors to the hospital. The next BBQ will be held on Tuesday 1 August to wrap up Dry July 2017 outside the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The Canberra Hospital Foundation is incredibly grateful to the Rapid Relief Team for supporting people with cancer in the ACT and surrounding region.

Roberta's story

Roberta has been a long term patient at the Canberra Hospital and the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. It was a second cancer diagnosis 11 year years ago of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma just after coming to Canberra to live, which has resulted in her receiving ongoing treatment this whole time.

After extensive chemotherapy and then a stem cell transplant, Roberta’s immune system was compromised which means she comes into the centre every month to receive maintenance treatment.

Roberta has seen the changes within the hospital and move into the Canberra Region Cancer Centre over 3 years ago. She appreciates the services that are offered from the volunteers especially the tea service. Roberta could not speak highly enough of the staff and support she receives from the Centre.

You can’t help but feel positive in Roberta’s presence as she speaks about her life away from the CRCC and enthusiasm for travel. Although her treatment will be ongoing, she talks positively of how the centre helps to accommodate her travel goals and works closely with her to meet her medication needs and life goals.


Patient VR goggles- The Canberra Hospital

Dry July has funded virtual reality goggles for patients. The goggles facilitate a reduction in anxiety and pain whilst receiving treatment. 

Recliner Chairs- The Canberra Hospital

Dty July funded the purchase recliner chairs for our patients on ward 14B which enables them to lift their legs into a reclining position.

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