The Canberra Hospital

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The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is a world class healthcare facility that brings together cancer treatment and related services in one purpose built facility. The care and support of our patients is central to everything we do.
The Canberra Region Cancer Centre facilitates improved cancer treatment and other related services in the ACT and surrounding region by drawing together and integrating services, research and teaching programs.
The Centre is designed to meet the needs of Canberra and the Southern New South Wales communities well into the future. Services operating within the Centre take a multi-disciplinary team approach to health treatment and support.
Our cancer services comprise 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.
We are committed to reducing the burden of care in the ACT and surrounding region through high quality treatment, research and education.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation has been a proud beneficiary of Dry July campaign since 2009 and is committed to ensuring the Canberra community come on board to not only support Dry July, but in turn the Capital Region Cancer Service. Our adult patients living with cancer have gained so much from previous campaign funding, thank you!
In 2019 we are raising funds for:
• Two Sleep Pods
• Refurbishing our Linanc area, as well as the ongoing provision of;
• Our Therapeutic Harp program,
• Our hospitality trolley providing refreshments for our clients, and;
• Floral arrangements at reception desks within the Centre.

Latest Updates

Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital Foundation have used a portion of their funds from Dry July 2014 to purchase CD’s, iPods and iPod docking stations to allow background music to be played while patients are undergoing Radiation Therapy Treatment in a Linac Accelerator.

Patients of the Canberra Hospital have been incredibly appreciative of the new purchases as listening to music has been demonstrated to decrease anxiety and pain levels in medical settings.

Upgrades at Duffy House in Canberra

The Canberra Hospital used funds from Dry July 2014 to provide patient items for Duffy House including: block out blinds; lounges; in room dining settings; tub chairs; lamps; bedside tables; kitchen cooking equipment; linens; and art work. The aim was to make the house - which offers a home a way from home for regional cancer patients - a little more comfortable.

New DVD to help make cancer treatment less daunting for Canberra patients

New DVD to help make cancer treatment less daunting for Canberra patients

Dry July has helped fund the production of a new DVD for cancer patients at Canberra Hospital.

The DVD offers information about radiation therapy and treatment, in the hope that it will alleviate patients’ anxiety before they start a course of radiation therapy.

View the DVD content here.

The Story of My Angel by Jaemi Maher

Jaemi Maher is raising money for The Canberra Hospital in memory of her Mumma Bear, Debbie Maher. You can donate to Team Debsta here:

This is Jaemi’s story:

I still remember the day my Mum came home from a “normal” Doctor’s appointment. I raced to the door to tell her about my first day of my new job - she burst into tears holding her face. She told me that they found a lump on her lung and it could be Cancer.

This all happened in March 2012.

Life was perfect. My Mum is my best friend. I don’t have any siblings so was very spoilt with her unconditional love. My Dad doesn’t live with me. It was just her and I in our own world.

The Cancer was found in her lung - she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She hated that. She hated that people thought that smoking caused her to be sick. We then quickly found out the Cancer was everywhere - spine, liver, elbow, you name it, it was there.

I remember her telling me that worst case scenario she had 6-12 months left. I cried endlessly. She said “I know this is hard and it’s only going to get tougher - but if I go, you will still have Honey and Evie” (our dogs) Somehow she always brought light on any dark situation.

She started her Chemotherapy treatments. I found it so hard to concentrate at work. I would sit there and stare out of the window just thinking about “what if..” which brought me to tears.

I attended one of her Chemo Treatments one day. My Mum put on this amazing brave face. I remember looking at her in that big chair, needle in her hand and arm and thinking “WOW, we’re going to be fine - she will fight this Cancer off with no troubles..”

I continued living my life, that’s how she wanted me to be. She never wanted me to worry or get upset with her. But then the bad news started rolling in.. I would get a phone call from her whilst out shopping or doing my normal weekend/afternoon activities. I’d answer the phone and she would just cry. I would race home not knowing if I wanted to know the news or not - I just knew it would be bad.

The Cancer was then found in her brain. I hated that day.

By then, she was barely at work anymore. People started to ask questions, but she really didn’t want anyone to know. But then she started to lose her hair. I remember her saying “Well, everyone is going to know now, so may as well make the most of it!” She was so brave. Braver then I could ever be. She got her head shaved and began to wear turbans. To be honest, she looked so cute and adorable with these on.

She began to lose her mobility about December 2012. She couldn’t drive, she could barely walk to the car for treatments and she could barely make it to the toilet. I am blessed to have my Nanny and Pa to help my Mum throughout her entire illness. Without them, I think I would have hurt a lot more. I remember hearing her fall over one morning. I sprinted to down to her and we just laid there and cried. We never talked about “Death” or what would happen if she “died”. Instead, we spoke about silly things, nice things and dreams.

On Tuesday the 26th of February, I woke up to do my normal morning routine - give her the concoction of drugs, followed by some kind of liquid breakfast like an icy pole, help her to the toilet and then sit with her whilst she waits for the pain relief to kick in. When I got to her room, she wasn’t in her bed. Instead, she was lying on the floor. She had attempted to go to the toilet (which was a commode next to her bed) by herself. I was so mad at her. She told me she had only been on the floor for 10 minutes but I knew she wasn’t telling the truth. I went to work feeling so angry, hurt, upset, and worried. I didn’t know what to do. I ended up calling her Doctor and was able to see him that day. He came over for a house call that night and said to Mum “In the short term, you can stay here. But for now you need to choose between the Hospital or the Hospice..” Mum replied “Here” as she was sitting up in bed. She was so stubborn - but I love that about her.

The next day, Mum went unconscious at 11:30am. She woke up though was not herself. She knew what was happening. She was dying. She told me “I’m scared because I know where I have to go…” It was the most emotional 24 hours of my entire life. She peacefully passed away, in her own bed, with her loving family around her on the morning of Thursday the 28th of February. She was THAT close to making it to 12 months since diagnosis.

I am so proud of her. She fought hard and in the end she got what she wanted - which is something I will continually strive towards for the rest of my life.

I love you every day, Mumma Bear.

Mobile Charging Bars

There is nothing more frustrating than your mobile phone running out of battery when you need to get in contact with someone, look up a number, or if undergoing cancer treatment just needing it for entertainment and a distraction. Canberra Hospital is trialling a mobile charging bar. This little convenience for patients and their families will surely make a huge difference to their hospital experience.