Warrnambool’s cancer treatment services will soon rival the best in the nation thanks to a huge outpouring of community generosity.
Lifesaving equipment to help detect prostate cancer – one of only two in the nation – will arrive ahead of schedule thanks to a mammoth region-wide fund-raising campaign.
South West Healthcare’s Prostate Cancer Detector Appeal was launched in January, hoping to reach the $277,000 target by Christmas.
Team effort: Peter’s Project Foundation’s Glenys Phillpot, South West Healthcare’s Suzan Morey, prostate cancer survivor Bob Hesketh, urologist Adee Davidson, prostate cancer survivor Neil Matheson, Warrnambool Racing Club’s Peter Downs and Peter’s Project Foundation’s Vicki Jellie. Pictures: Morgan Hancock
For south-west men and their families, the process of being diagnosed and treated with prostate cancer can be a long journey in more ways than one.
Prostate cancer survivors Bob Hesketh and Neil Matheson with urologist Adee Davidson. Picture: Morgan Hancock
When Peterborough’s Bob Hesketh had to seek further tests on his prostate, it meant four-hour round trips to Geelong.
It was to become a familiar trek throughout the treatment and eventual surgery to remove his prostate about 18 months ago.
Mr Hesketh said the arrival of a state-of-the-art prostate cancer detector would save other south-west men from the many hours spent on the road and away from families.
“It’s a significant advantage,” he said of the new equipment to be based in Warrnambool.
“Your support network, your family’s around. For my wife to come see me she had to rely on someone to drive her down to Geelong and back.
“It’s a two-hour drive home as opposed to a half-hour drive from Warrnambool.”