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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 Drinks Trolley

Our beautiful Dry July girls with the Dry July trolley, delivering the Dry July message throughout the hospital to staff, patients and families.   A big thank-you to Jacqui and our sponsor Bundaberg for your very generous supply of Ginger Beer and yummy drinks!

ACT Highest Fundraiser returns for a second year

This year marks the second year Canberra Hospital Foundation has been lucky enough to work alongside Jaemi Maher and her Dry July team – “Team Debsta”.  Jaemi sadly lost her mum, Debbie Maher, to cancer in 2013.  Since then Jaemi has been a source of inspiration, as she aims to improve the services Canberra Hospital provides to adults living with cancer.  Through her determination, Jaemi’s team finished number one nationally last year in the Dry July campaign.  

Hospitality and Entertainment Trolleys At the Canberra Hospital

In September 2014 a volunteer program was established to assist patients receiving care in the new Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC). Funds raised through Dry July have enabled the purchase of a new hospitality trolley and entertainment trolley to benefit patients receiving treatment in the CRCC at Canberra Hospital. The trolleys are serviced by CRCC volunteers.

The hospitality trolley provides a welcoming tea and coffee service to patients who find it difficult to be able to access the beverage stations, especially when on their own, as well as providing a homely service with china tea cups and tea and coffee pots. It is available to patients in the Day Therapy Unit, Radiation Oncology and the Patient Clinics.

Volunteers also operate the entertainment trolley, which contains iPads, games, magazines and children’s toys for patients and carers.  The equipment on the trolley provides stimulus, diversion, comfort and recreation to patients who need treatment. Treatment can take several hours, during which time patients are confined to a chair and often without company. Treatment is often ongoing for several months, requiring regular visits to the Centre.

“We have had a great deal of positive feedback from the trolleys, which our patients greatly appreciate, and which make their time in the CRCC a little more comfortable.” Caroline McIntyre, Volunteer Coordinator at CRCC.

Veterans Room Refurbishment at The Canberra Hospital

The Veterans Lounge at The Canberra Hospital was in desperate need of an upgrade. Using funds from Dry July, the hospital has refurbished the room with more comfortable chairs and soft furnishings, to make the room more accessible to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Before photos are on the left, and after on the right!

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.

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