One in two Queenslanders will develop cancer in their lifetime with prostate cancer being the most common form diagnosed in men and breast cancer the most common cancer in women. Lung cancer, however, is the cancer type that is the biggest killer in both men and women.
Queensland also has one of the highest growth rates in incidences of cancer in the world due primarily to our strong population growth and aging population. That means that as the population continues to age, there will be more and more people in QLD living with the disease. This increase in the incidence of cancer in our state means that there will be increasing pressure on our health system.
Being the largest hospital in Queensland, RBWH is the hub of cancer care services for Central and much of South East Queensland with over 100,000 patient presentations each year. RBWH is the major tertiary referral hospital for cancer care in the region and we provide outreach support to major regional centres such as Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Longreach etc. The hospital currently provides excellence in care for all cancer types across the treatment spectrum, from diagnosis and radiation to chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. While this treatment is of the highest standard, there is an opportunity to become more targeted in our care by creating and using evidence that will enable individualised management and support for each patient.
As the largest hospital in QLD it is our responsibility to act now to minimise the impact of the increasing incidence of cancer in our state for the benefit of patients, their families and the community in general.
RBWH aim to provide the Diamond Standard of Comprehensive Cancer Care which is focussed on the following 6 facets:
The Diamond Standard of Comprehensive Cancer Care enables the medical team at RBWH to provide total care for individual patients. This means providing the most comprehensive and integrated treatment plan possible that not only treats the disease (and the specific tumour type) but supports the individual and their families through the process, ie, caring for the physical as well as the psychological and emotional side from the moment of detection past remission into survivorship.
Money raised for RBWH Foundation through the Susan Suduk OneDay to Conquer Cancer will be used by the hospital to invest in the most qualified people, research, new technologies and equipment to achieve the Diamond Standard of Comprehensive Cancer Care.
RBWH Foundation is the charity arm of Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
While RBWH is part of Queensland Health, funding from the government is limited and there is often no available dollars to pay for certain equipment, training and research that will ensure the Royal remains at the forefront of patient care and on the leading edge of new technology and treatment methods. The Foundation's role is to fill that funding gap.
Visit www.rbwhfoundation.com.au for more information.
Watch this video about a proposed trial of a breakthrough treatment for advanced prostate cancer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
The pilot study, led by Professors Jeff Goh and Aneta Suder, will give 10 men with advanced prostate cancer access to a less toxic and more targeted new treatment. Your fundraising can help toward this potentially life-saving trial!