CANCER PROGRESS: Site Manager Brad Ward is hopeful that the new cancer treatment clinic is set to open at the start of October.
CANCER PROGRESS: Site Manager Brad Ward is hopeful that the new cancer treatment clinic is set to open at the start of October. Simon Young

Cancer centre still on track to open in October

CONSTRUCTION of a new $12 million integrated cancer centre is well on its way to completion and is still on track to open at the beginning of October.

The privately owned Bundaberg Integrated Cancer Centre will offer both chemotherapy and radiotherapy to cancer patients, who will no longer be required to travel to Brisbane to receive life saving treatment.

Christopher Inggs, the general manager of Oceania Oncology, which owns the cancer centre, said the equipment was due to arrive at the end of this month, and the radiotherapy oncologist would start by September 2.

"There have been very few hiccups bar the floods at the start of the year," he said.

"Everything is going very well."

Mr Inggs said a full complement of staff had also already been hired.

He said work was under way to link the IT software from the Maroochydore Oceania Oncology Centre to the Bundaberg site ahead of the opening.

"We've had our first patient referred to us," he said.

"She burst into tears she was so happy she didn't have to go to Brisbane."

The Woondooma St facility has secured $5.6 million in Australian Government funding, under the Health and Hospital Fund.

The centre will house six chemotherapy chairs, as well as two 8m x 8m "bunkers" for radiotherapy treatment.