Radiation treatment rates to rise at BRICC

RADIATION oncologist Simone Reeves has always been fascinated by cancer’s biology.

And she also believes in a holistic approach to its treatment.

“I’ve always wanted to know why cancer occurs and how it occurs,” Ms Reeves said.

“But I’ve also always had a desire to help people.

“I don’t want to just treat people’s cancer, I want to help them through from the diagnosis to the treatment and getting on with their lives afterwards.”

Ms Reeves, who recently became the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre’s second radiation oncologist, is also doing a two-year integrated medicine fellowship through the University of Arizona, which she said would teach her more about holistic medicine.

Ms Reeves has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Geelong Hospital, Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, the Austin Hospital and The Alfred hospital, specialising in breast, head, neck and brain cancers.

However, she said she would treat all general tumours at BRICC.

“This is a fantastic new centre and it’s an exciting opportunity to build a great team of people,” she said.

The cancer centre is currently treating between 45 and 50 cancer patients in its radiation oncology section weekly. 

That is hoped to increase to up to 60 a day with the arrival of Ms Reeves and the appointment of a third radiation oncologist soon.

fiona.henderson@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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