Nowra's beacon of hope is an asset

THE Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre, because it’s a beacon of hope and friendship, is being used as the example to follow.

The Cancer Council, in its newly announced campaign, is using the centre because it’s a place where strong relationships can be built.

Cancer Council NSW launched its new campaign called ‘Every Cancer Story’ recently at the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre to raise awareness of the support services available across NSW and demonstrate the impact these services have on local communities.

Cancer Council’s Community Engagement Manager Grant Plecas said including the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre just made sense.

“It’s showing one of our best assets,” he said.

One the stories features Tathra resident, Janet Howe, who made the most of Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre

When Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced a daily four hour drive to radiotherapy treatment in Nowra.

Thanks to Cancer Council NSW and the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre, Janet was able to stay in Nowra during her treatment for breast cancer.

Janet’s husband, Peter, was worried about the negative effects the lengthy travel could have on her health.

“Just to get in a car and drive for four hours every day, return home and then wake up the next morning and drive back, it would have been terrible. It couldn’t have been good for her health,” Paul said.

As the couple considered their options and how best to cope with the demands of treatment, they were told about the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre in Nowra, a purpose built facility for cancer patients and their carers.

“The burden of wondering where you’re going to stay, how you’re going to pay for it and the Cancer Council NSW helps to take that worry away,” Janet said.

The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre offered a home away from home, which meant that Janet was able to have treatment without the additional worry and expense of long and uncomfortable car journeys.

“I felt supported, I felt blessed and I felt that I was lucky,” Janet said. 

To find out more about services in the Shoalhaven area, call the Cancer Council’s Information and Support Service on 13 11 20.